Speak notifications. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver and turn on Speak
Notifications. Notifications, including the text of incoming text messages, are spoken as
they occur, even if iPhone is locked. Unacknowledged notifications are repeated when you
Turn the screen curtain on or off. Triple-tap with three fingers. When the screen curtain is on, the
screen contents are active even though the display is turned off.
Learn VoiceOver gestures
When VoiceOver is on, standard touchscreen gestures have different effects, and additional
gestures let you move around the screen and control individual items. VoiceOver gestures
include two-, three-, and four-finger taps and swipes. For best results using multi-finger gestures,
relax and let your fingers touch the screen with some space between them.
You can use different techniques to perform VoiceOver gestures. For example, you can perform
a two-finger tap using two fingers of one hand, or one finger from each hand. You can even use
your thumbs. Many use a split-tap gesture: instead of selecting an item and double-tapping,
touch and hold an item with one finger, then tap the screen with another finger.
Try different techniques to discover what works best for you. If a gesture doesn't work, try a
quicker movement, especially for a double-tap or swipe gesture. To swipe, try brushing the
screen quickly with your finger or fingers.
In VoiceOver settings, you can enter a special area where you can practice VoiceOver gestures
without affecting iPhone or its settings.
Practice VoiceOver gestures. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver, then tap
VoiceOver Practice. When you finish practicing, tap Done. If you don't see the VoiceOver Practice
button, make sure VoiceOver is turned on.
Here's a summary of key VoiceOver gestures:
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Tap: Select and speak the item.
Swipe right or left: Select the next or previous item.
Swipe up or down: Depends on the rotor setting. See
Two-finger tap: Stop speaking the current item.
Two-finger swipe up: Read all from the top of the screen.
Two-finger swipe down: Read all from the current position.
Two-finger scrub: Move two fingers back and forth three times quickly (making a "z") to
dismiss an alert or go back to the previous screen.
Three-finger swipe up or down: Scroll one page at a time.
Three-finger swipe right or left: Go to the next or previous page (such as the Home screen,
Stocks, or Safari).
Three-finger tap: Speak additional information, such as position within a list or whether text
Four-finger tap at top of screen: Select the first item on the page.
Four-finger tap at bottom of screen: Select the last item on the page.
Use the VoiceOver rotor
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