Disable voiceover from reading emoticons and punctuations

iOS and iPadOS

Hello friends,

I was browsing my facebook and text messages recently and realized that most of my friends were sending me messages with lots of emoticons attached to it.

Now although i know, emoticons and punctuations are a good way of expressing oneself,i was wondering if there was a way to disable voiceover from reading emoticons and punctuations;so i would be able to read just the text instead.

Was just wondering if this was possible.
If it were possible? How could i do it?



Submitted by DrummerGuy on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Use your rotor and move it until it says punctuation. Flick up or down until VO says no punctuation. Now you will be able to read text and it will not mention punctuation.
About emoticons or emoji's, I owe you that one. I, for one, like to know what kind of emoji's I am being sent.

I hope I have been able to help you at least with punctuation.
I hope you find an answer for your other question.

Submitted by Paul Martin on Saturday, April 29, 2017

I completely forgot about those. If you don't see them anywhere when you turn the virtual router, insure the option is selected for punctuation in the Voiceover router settings. I had to do so this morning upon reading this, leading me to believe the punctuation options are off by default.

Submitted by arvind on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thanks for the information, i ; have the punctuations in voiceover rotor set to none however is it possible to stop voiceover reading emoji's,

Just curious if it was possible,

Submitted by Paul Martin on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Those are always read from what I can gather. You can however stop it from saying the "Emoji suffix" in the verbosity settings. that's the best we can do here.

Submitted by JeffB on Saturday, April 29, 2017

I can see why this would be useful. Some people use way to many emoji's and it's like after the 15th face crying tears of joy its like get to the point already! Sightlings sure are odd.

Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Saturday, April 29, 2017

And not because of people overusing them turning your tears of joy into tears of frustration. There is a second use for Emoji which is getting a lot more common, and that's using them as icons in apps or websites, something sighted people are now doing more and more. The one I see most often is indicating like and dislike buttons in a comment system with thumbs up and thumbs down Emoji or a red heart. I also often see menus being indicated with a downward pointing arrow which can be quite useful to know as often they are not tagged as links but can be clicked/tapped on. Then you have archive.org as a very extreme example that uses them for just about everything, a magnifying glass to indicate search, a floppy disk indicating the save/download option, etc. So as verbose as reading messages from your extremely joyful friend can be, turning Emoji off completely would cause many controls in modern apps and websites to no longer be labeled which could be a problem. That being said, I don't know why Apple doesn't just have VoiceOver group them together, if it can say things like "3 exclanation marks" there's no reason why we shouldn't just get "10 red hearts" spoken instead of having to sit through red heart being announced over and over 10 times.

Submitted by arvind on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Firstly, i would like to thank all who commented on my query, apple fan, paul, betsy , biotr and others who i may have forgotten,
Appreciate all your comments,

I guess i'll have to just settle for what i got
Perhaps apple may one day in the future;provide an option to disable voiceover from reading emojis although i can see it's benefits,

Thank you so much


Submitted by DrummerGuy on Sunday, April 30, 2017

It is good to know that we have a way of helping each other through this page.
It has been a pleasure, my friend.

Submitted by arvind on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Indeed it is a good platform for helping each other out,

Cheers bro