iOS apps that can help blind and visually impaired users read credit cards.

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if there was an app for iOS that blind and visually impaired people could use to read their credit card numbers?
Thank you so much for your help.

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Submitted by MHicok on Thursday, January 26, 2017

The best solution for me to be able to get my credit card numbers was to create a file and password protect the file. When I need a credit card number, I unlock the file and have VoiceOver read me the credit card number, expiration date and security code.

So there's no way to read it with voiceover if you just get it in the mail? For example, it expired and you got a new one?

Submitted by MHicok on Thursday, January 26, 2017

I have the KNFB reader app, although it does a great job most of the time, it will not read my credit card numbers. One possible solution is to take a photo of the credit card and text it to someone you trust. They may be able to read the expiration date from the photo.

Submitted by Nick B on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Credit cards are particularly difficult for computer vision. The secure wallet app I've recently released was originally going to include some form of it, but there isn't a good solution out there yet to get the entire CC info (just card number and type, no expiration and CVV).

If you're still interested in an app to store this info, albeit manually entered, do check it out:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1192100421?at=11l32CC&ct=app…

I'm going to continue working on trying to get a card scanner working, but at this point, it's still not ready.

Nick

Submitted by gailisaiah on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hello Hilary: For me, the safest way is to just have a sighted family member or friend read me the information. And I keep it in braile on my note taker.

Submitted by Dawn on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Well, I'm not sure if you'd like to do this. But for this app, you can turn your settings to private. I don't know if you want to do this, but, this is the only way I can think of to get the info you want. You could use the Braigo Companion app. While it's good for memes & the like, you can also take screenshots of your cards, & upload the photo to Braigo. Then once it reads the text to you, I'd copy & paste the text into a file or some other place like a wallet app or something like that. I'd have it locked & have it in different places.

I wish I could suggest another more secure solution, but, this is the best I can come oup with. And least you can delete the images off your device.

Thank you all for the great info. I live in a college dorm, so I wanted an app that would help me read it. I don't know my roommates that well.

Submitted by JeffB on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi I wouldn't trust an app that uploads anything to read a credit card. If your school has disability services they could probably read it to you.

Submitted by Justin on Friday, January 27, 2017

Hi,
I'd stress having someone you trust implicitly such as aunt/uncle or other family member/friend to read the cards info to you. I wouldn't ever use an app to read the credit/debit/etc card info.

Submitted by Orko on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Since I live alone I don't often have somebody I trust around to read something like credit/debit card information for me so I would probably have an Aira agent read the information to me and record it in a text file on my computer.

If email was secure I'd just scan the card and send the images to a family member.

Submitted by Malthe on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hi
With regards to storing the credit card info, I would strongly advise to use a password manager, such as 1Password, and then just never store the CVV and expiration date, as it's easy enough to remember.
Alternatively, encrypting a textfile is a viable alternative, just make sure that the encryption software you use is tight.

Best
Malthe

Submitted by Anthony on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hello don’t know if you want to do this or not but you could add it to Wallet like you’re adding a card but read the number and then don’t add it to Wallet that would be a good idea unless you want to add it to Wallet Then read it with voiceover by character a word

Submitted by Brian Giles on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I agree, get someone you trust to read you the info. But this is one thing that is exciting about the Apple card. No numbers to remember, and everything will be in your phone unless you also want the physical titanium card. I don't know if I will end up getting one, but I love love love my Braille debit card.

Submitted by Rajesh Malik on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hello,

VoiceDream Scanner does read credit card numbers, including the expiry date as well as the CVV number at the back. However, it makes mistakes, so this method is not completely reliable. Perhaps the app will improve over time. If you have multiple cards from different banks, at least you will be able to figure out to which institution a particular card belongs.

Submitted by charles on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Voice Dream Scanner will read the info you want, providing the lighting is good. It may, however, make mistakes. If it does read it correctly, you could braille the card number, expiration date, and CVV number, save the info in a safe place in case you need it later, and memorize it.

Submitted by chris R on Friday, July 19, 2019

I just use my tongue as the numbers are embossed. Doesn’t work with expiry date though but always works for the long card number.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Friday, July 19, 2019

Hello Brian. You have a braille debit card? I have never heard of this. Which bank? Do you suppose that all banks issue them upon request? Interested in learning more about this.

Submitted by Gregory on Friday, July 19, 2019

I do know BOFA and Wellsfargo offer braille cards. Not sure of any other banks that offer this though.

Submitted by Brian Giles on Friday, July 19, 2019

Yep. Wells Fargo is who I have. I was shocked when they asked me if I wanted them to get me a Braille card. Maybe it's the one I go to, but it’s one of the very few places I feel treated with total respect. I would work there if I could. lol Anyway, as for the card itself, it has all the necessary info on the front (card number, CVV, exp date, and name), where the embossed numbers normally are. The braille is squished together to fit it all on there, but it is certainly readable.

Submitted by Justin on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

That's good to know. However, I still cannot stress enough when getting a new card, to always just have a family member/aunt/parent/ someone you trust implicitly read the card info, and jot it down in a computer.