Blind and setting up Siri

iOS & iPadOS

Siri is great if you are sighted - but setting up Siri so it can recognize a blind user has been difficult - asking the blind person to say the phrases, just gets siri to recognize the helpers' voice - If anyone has any ideas on how best to mute siri duing the process for getting something like this done- please let me know - there is a blind person wanting very much to use his phone for calling out - its been set for auto answer and speaker for an incoming call



Submitted by nohansa nuh on Saturday, September 19, 2020

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if siri usually all raidy inAble buy default on most iOS devices.
just press and hold A home button or press and hold A site button on iPhone X or abbuf antil you hear A ding.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Rigje,

I think, unless the person you're helping has physical/motor limitations, that using VoiceOver would be better than using Siri. VoiceOver is a "screen reader"--that is, a built-in program that speaks text on screen and allows blind users to make use of all the features on their phone through a series of gestures and text-to-speech. Siri is okay for the basics, but it isn't something I would routinely recommend unless a person isn't able to use the touchscreen because of other disabilities besides blindness. To enable VoiceOver, go to Settings> Accessibility> VoiceOver; on that screen Apple also lists some of the more common VoiceOver gestures. Apple also has a YouTube video (with links to various support documents) describing the basics of using VoiceOver on iOS: