Ipad launch from the box

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iOS & iPadOS

Can I launch the voice over in an ipad without sighted help? On Monday, I expect my first ipad to arrive and I was wondering if there was a way for me to start the voice over working straight out of the box or do I need to wait for sighted help in order for them to set the voice over for me? I would appreciated any comments or suggestions. Thank you.



Submitted by Sophia on Saturday, August 12, 2017

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In reply to by techluver

Thank you Techluver! How simple!... And how silly of me not to guess!

Submitted by Brian Tew on Saturday, August 12, 2017

If that doesn't work for any reason hold down the home button and tell siri to turn on voiceover.

Submitted by david s on Saturday, August 12, 2017


Out of the box, the pressing of the home button three times should work. You have to press three times quickly without a pause.

Siri may not work as you have to enable it during setup and Siri also requires wifi which you also have to setup.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Sophia,

When you take your iPad out of the box, it should be turned off. Press the Power button, wait 2 minutes to be sure the device has turned on, then press the Home Button quickly 3 times in a row. This should enable VoiceOver.