I noticed that in the new Ios 14 there is a new feature in Accessibility (infact, is the last one that we find inder Accessibility/ VoiceOver) called "Direct touch", but I have no idea what does it do, please, could someone tell me what is it?, is there in this new upgrade any other accessibility new feature?. Many thanks in advance.
By María, 1 February, 2021
iOS and iPadOS
Re: Direct Touch
Not exactly a new feature
Apps have been able to utilize the direct touch feature for years now. As described above, an app can designate a portion of the screen as having direct interaction, which tells VoiceOver to ignore gestures made in that section of the screen, allowing the app to interpret the gestures directly.
What's changed is that you can now enable or disable the direct touch feature on an app by app basis. If you disable direct touch for an app, then VoiceOver will always interpret gestures made within the app, regardless of whether or not the app has designated any part of the screen for direct interaction. You may want to do this if an app abuses the direct touch feature, enabling it in a portion of the screen that interferes with how you intend to use the app. I have not encountered any apps where this would be a problem, but if such an app were to show up, then this provides a way to work around the app's behavior and hopefully make it more usable.
I think I'm having a problem…
I think I'm having a problem with this. As far as I can tell, direct touch is enabled, but with one of my games I keep ending up in the control center, or the notification center if one comes in, and hitting the home button won't take me out and back in to the game. I have to hit the side button, then double tap where it says open home button because it simply doesn't work. Is this because my phone is too old, or is there something I can do to keep control center out of the game?
I'd love the ability to enhance this
I've mentioned this before, but for years I've been wanting a way to disable voiceover in an app without explicitly disabling voiceover. I have a little residualsight and can competently navigate visually. I just can't read anything. Considering how annoying voiceover has always been to scroll with (in comparrison to it being off I mean) I'd love the ability to toggle full direct touch. I see now this is partially done, and I'd love there to be an option to enable and disable direct touch for all apps. I bet this could be done, if there was enough interest in it.
direct touch settings
Hey so then is there a way to look at direct touch settings and make sure it's on always for a specific app? I have the latest ios and I don't see the direct touch settings under accessibility voice over. Is it somewhere else maybe? Thank you so much, hope you all have a lovely day.
The only settings I found…
The only settings I found are in the rotor settings.
Leaving control center one direct touch is enabled
If the home or side button doesn't take you out of the control center and put you back in the app, try the two-finger scrub gesture, what I like to call the back scrubby. :)
Thanks. I can't figure out…
Thanks. I can't figure out how to do that gesture. I know what an S looks like, but I can't replicate a Z. Is there anywhere I can find some good, precise instructions for that?
Direct Touch was not a good experience for me.
I had an app on my phone for a while that I just never used. The other day, I finally got around to playing with it. I created my account and got it set up just fine. But then I was greeted with, "direct touch area. Use the rotor to enable direct touch for this app." But I can't even use the rotor unless I go out of the app, go back in and very quickly try to do the gesture, then very quickly swipe down to enable it. And I still can't do anything with the app! Whatever happened to just swiping and tapping? This is all so convoluted!