Screen recognition for games?

iOS and iPadOS Gaming

Hello guys.

As you know, Apple has introduced screen recognition. Screen recognition is supposed to make applications accessible for us. For example, if you have encountered an app that is in accessible, you could use screen recognition. By the way, screen recognition is a rotor setting, so you are able to turn it on and off at Will..

I have been downloading several inaccessible games and using screen recognition. So far, voiceover seems to read The items on the screen that are usually inaccessible to us or the direct touch rotor Command has been encountered... I haven’t really had any successions with actually playing the games, however this is definitely a step forward. There are a few applications that I have had success using. deal or no deal is one example, I can select numbers, and double tap and things like that. What I am currently struggling with with the screen recognition is sometimes it’s kind of acting strange. I’m not sure what’s currently going on, but sometimes it would read more than one item at once, and there is no way for selecting items that you actually want to select. You are able to select other items, however sometimes, and for some reason, you are not able to select certain items. I’m not exactly sure how to explain this. However, this is definitely a huge step forward. Another application I’ve had success using is PCH lottery And the PCH Application. by the way, PCH stands for publishers clearing House. They have a lot of sweepstakes you can enter and things like that. Anyway, they have their own application and you can play certain games to get tokens if you have an account with them.

One more game that I have downloaded that I have played was the elder scrolls. That might be extreme, however I tried that game, and also with image description. The images seemed to read well, but I could only get through the menus.

I’ve also had some unfortunate attempts using this. For example, I tried playing candy crush, but it did not work. While voiceover read the menus, I could not play the game because apparently the buttons were not labeled correctly. So I’m not sure what’s going on there. But anyway, if any of you would like to try screen recognition for yourself so you could try games out or applications in general that are inaccessible, you may do so at your own risk.

Word of warning before trying this out. Do not turn on direct touch. Make sure that direct touches off, because if you turn it on that could interfere. Again, you could enable screen recognition in the rotor settings. So you can turn it on and off at Will.

Tip, for typing in text, make sure you have screen recognition turned off for this, then just dictate or type, and then turn back screen recognition on. One more tip, you might have to double tap and hold for certain Games After you go through all the menus..
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy using screen recognition.



Submitted by Ashleigh Piccinino on Monday, November 9, 2020

I've looked for this, and it's not in the rotor settings for VoiceOver. also, direct touch is nowhere to be found, so I don't know how to turn it off. Any help here would be appreciated as I'm on iOS 14.2 now/don't see anything about direct touch in the other accessibility items/same goes for screen recognizing. Apple really needs to do a much better job at getting games accessable/I'm currently trying to advocate for this/having little to no success, so any help would be appreciated there as well.

Submitted by Clare Page on Monday, November 9, 2020

Hi! Screen Recognition is in the long list of items that can be added to the rotor, but it has to be selected in that list. The Direct Touch rotor item is only available if you open an app and VoiceOver only says "direct touch area" when you try to use that app: if that's the case, turn the rotor once to the left to find Direct Touch and turn it on, otherwise the Direct Touch option doesn't appear in the rotor so you can't change it most of the time.

Submitted by Ashleigh Piccinino on Monday, November 9, 2020

The subject says it all, so what am I missing? of course, I'm still trying to find screen recognition, so I don't know where you're at when determinging this. it's not in the voiceOver settings for the rotor/I've looked about twice. maybe, the apple accessibility team can help me out here when I call--only after this semester completes.

Submitted by David Standen on Monday, November 9, 2020

Screen recognition is only available on newer devices. If you are using a 6s, a 7 or an 8, you won't find it there.