Turn On or Enable VoiceOver for iPhone 6
Edited by Grimm, Claudia, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how turn on or enable VoiceOver for your iPhone 6.
To get started give a single press to the Home button.
Once we've done that, we're taken to the lock screen where we'll need to swipe across and enter a pin.
Alternatively, press our thumb or finger on the Home button to unlock the phone.
Now we're looking for the settings icon.
This is a silver and gray box which reads "Settings" and has a series of gears inside of it. Press one time when we find it. This will take us to the "Settings" panel.
We're looking for the "General" section, which is the third option down.
Scroll down and we'll see it at the top.
Give a single press on "General" and this will take us to the "General" panel of the Settings tab.
Once we're here, look for "Accessibility".
Single press "Accessibility" which will open the "Accessibility" panel.
The first thing we'll see is "VoiceOver".
"VoiceOver" is located at the very top, under the "VISION" section.
We're going to give a single press on "VoiceOver", which is currently turned to "Off".
Now, we'll be in the "VoiceOver" panel in the "Accessibility" section.
You'll notice "VoiceOver" is at the top.
There's "SPEAKING RATE", "Speaking Hints", "Use Pitch Change" and "Use Sound Effects".
Then we have "Speech" options, "Braille" options and "Rotor" options.
There's also "Typing Style", "Phonetic Feedback", "Typing Feedback".
We have an indicator for the phone to "Always Speak Notifications".
We have an indicator for the phone to always "Navigate Images" and we have the option to also have a "Large Cursor".
Each of these items can and should be adjusted, or setup prior to enabling VoiceOver.
This is because if we're not familiar with the visual assistance technology we may find it very difficult, if not nearly impossible, to set up or change some of the options. If you have already set up VoiceOver and you're trying to figure out how to turn it off, make sure to check our tutorial on how to turn off VoiceOver.
What we're going to do next is tap on the "VoiceOver" button to turn on VoiceOver.
At that point, our phone will start speaking and I will walk you through the rest of the steps on how to correct, set up and adjust basic functions.
Let's tap one time to turn this on.
The first thing we can hear is that she is talking way too fast, so we need to turn down the speaking rate.
As we learned from reading this top part, we tap once to select an item, and double tap to activate the selected item.
It does not tell us what we do when we have a slider. Let's tap on the slider to see what she says.
The VoiceOver said to swipe down one finger to adjust the value.
We have to do two taps then swipe down the bar. We'll let go at 5 percent and see what she says.
The speech is much more understandable now.
Tap "VoiceOver" to hear what she says now. It's now much easier to understand.
If we want to activate one of these items, just hold down our finger and mouse over the things we want.
To turn "Use Sound Effects" off, we double tap it.
Double tap again to turn it on.
If we want to scroll to the bottom, put 3 fingers on the screen.
Press and scroll down.
Now she is telling us it's rows 4 through 15.
This is helpful for someone who is using assistive technology who may not know how many rows there are and screen readers usually provide this information so we know the length of a particular document. In this case, we understand that there are 15 possible rows, and we are now almost on the last row. That makes it much easier for someone to understand how big or how small the given document, menu, or settings option is.
Now we're going to take our three fingers and go back to the top.
We are now at rows 1 through 7 of 15.
Now we're going to press our Home button one time, which will take us back to the home screen.
If we tap on the Phone icon, it tells us we're in the dock.
If we're using assistive technology, we would know to just double tap and there is our Phone.
If we tap on the buttons "1", "2", and "3", it would tell us "Phone", "1", "2" and "3", and "D", "E", "F", so that we know there is another option to choose letters should we be interested in that.
This finishes our tutorial on how to turn on VoiceOver for your iPhone 6.
As we discussed earlier, VoiceOver is an assistive technology and we should probably not turn it on unless we need it or know what we're doing. Thank you for choosing VisiHow. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, do please let us know in the section below. Otherwise, have a great day. We hope to see you in some of our other videos.
Video: Turn On or Enable VoiceOver for iPhone 6
Recent edits by: Claudia, Grimm