Apple’s operating system for mobile devices, known as IOS, includes a number of accessibility features designed to make these devices easier to use for people with disabilities.
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After you open the Settings app, choose General, Accessibility.
IOS includes the following accessibility features:
- VoiceOver: reads the contents of the screen to someone who has a visual impairment.
- Zoom: will magnify the contents of the screen to make it easier to see for someone with low vision.
- Large Text: makes the text bigger in some built-in applications such as Mail, Contacts and Notes.
- White on Black: reverses the colors on the screen to provide higher contrast and reduce eye strain.
- Mono Audio: converts a stereo signal so that both channels play in each earpiece when someone uses the device with headphones. This feature can be helpful to someone who has unilateral hearing loss.
- Speak Auto-text: will speak the text suggested by the auto-correction feature using the system voice.
Turning on some of these features, such as Mono Audio or White on Black, will only require you to tap an On/Off switch.
With others, such as VoiceOver and Zoom, you will need to tap the name of the feature under General, Accessibility to access a separate menu with additional preferences.
A much quicker way to turn any of the accessibility features on/off is to use the Triple-click Home shortcut. To enable the Triple-click home shortcut, open the Settings app and choose General, Accessibility, then tap Triple-click Home.
The options for Triple-click Home are:
- Off: to disable the shortcut.
- Toggle VoiceOver: to toggle the VoiceOver screen reader on/off.
- Toggle White on Black: to reverse the colors on the screen and use a high contrast display. Triple-clicking the Home button a second time will turn this feature off.
- Ask: will bring up when a popup menu when you triple-click Home.
From this menu, you can choose to Toggle VoiceOver, Zoom or White on Black.