what do you use your iPhones for?

iOS and iPadOS

i use it for messaging (usually text not iMessage as I don't know very many people that use iMessage.) but even my texting is not something I do with a lot of people. Skype (which notifiers seems problematic), AIM (yeah it just sorta running in the background.) Tidal (my Lossless streaming music), phone calls and that's about it. are there other things I might consider taking advantage of? if so, what. maybe I shouldn't though, as I still got no clue how to do the editing for iOS. There are lots of things I don't know about the stock apps, like I am presuming by listening to Blind Bargons that iBooks is for books on iOS. Health? no clue but I h assume it has something to do with fitness bands? Game center (but are those even games w that that would work with VO?) um. what else. ITunes I know is for transferring content from PC a to iPhone and back... the reminders and calendar are self explanatory as well as the clock. but what are things like passport? what's the difference between camra and photo's? I know with camra you can take photo's and the photo's app is what you use to view the photo's once you have taken them? Is that it? Vidios, is that for if you take vidios with your phone that's where they'd be? Notes, never used that. Stocks are something I wouldn't use. I know how weather works and like that. Newsstand? what is this? the app store I know is where yuou go to get free or paid apps for your iOS device. and iTunes store is where you purchase music and movies if you are going to view them on your phone (which I wouldn't probably do).



Submitted by John Holcomb II on Saturday, February 28, 2015

oh yeah I like how the mail app works too

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I use the podcast app too. but, t I think ok, I spent some $699 on this device. surely there has got to be more I could use it for other than the stuff I am. I know at some point I plan to put my flac lossless audio cd's on here, so that'll be an experience.

Submitted by Imani on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I personally use my phone for writing, Safari, music, email, games, health, news,weather, GPS, podcast,OCR, Tap tap see, texting, hotspot, and so much more. It is truly up to you what you will really use your phone for. . There are many apps and people on this site that can help you figure out what you really want to do. Do some searching and you never know what you were fine. Good luck

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Saturday, February 28, 2015

writing? but how do you write on that thing? How do you edit things ? I know I love the reader that makes reading articles easier. lol, the last time I used OCR on anything was Kurzwiel 1000 version 7 maybe. I thought TapTap see did not work anymore? Not really a huge user of GPS, but nice to know its there. To me so far anyway, the phone seems just like my PC running windows, just different ways to access the same content. ok, here is what I found that is different. All Menus, Tidal, the GPS, messages and Reader. (which I cant do any of that on a PC.) I don't forsee myself giving this up comed upgrade time next June though, even if I use the phone for very little.
I just hope there is a way to continue to have jailbreaking as if there isn't, I most likely wil not keep buying new iPhones.

Submitted by Imani on Saturday, February 28, 2015

Game Center is for when you download games from the App Store the game center will keep track of your score and if you want to compete against others you have that option. Passport is used for taking trips such as flights, storing flight info etc. But I have never used it personally.maybe next time I fly I will. Health, is to keep track of your health status such as how many feet you walked or ran that day and other information that you provide Some apps work with it as well. videos, when you purchase a movie or TV show from iTunes they are placed in videos. Also, you mentioned Skype you might want to stop it from running in the background if you're not using it. Apps will waste battery life if they are just running in the background without you closing them. There is a podcast on here that teaches you how to edit text with iOS if you have a 6 or 6 plus there's Apple Pay. Lastly, the apps the phone comes with is only a start. Also for books check out BARD, its free.

Submitted by Imani on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I have been using my phone to write these comments to you. You can use the dicgation, a Bluetooth keyboard, or the keyboard that comes on the phone. When ever you tap on an edit field a keyboard will pop up at the bottom of the screen.
Jailbreaking is still possible. There is a forum on here that guides you through it.

Submitted by Imani on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I haven't used Kurzweil in years. I do missit at times. KNFB works well. Tap tap see still works. I tried the app be my eyes, but no one answered at the end of the line. We'll see how that goes.

Submitted by Apple Khmer on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I use it for a lot of things from surfing the web to texting in Thai. Oh yes, I love how IOS works with multiple languages, and how voice Over automatically switches between language voices when the language scripts are up. I'm using an iPhone 6; my first iPhone ever. I'm a former Android user.

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Saturday, February 28, 2015

yes I l love BARD! for me I its how to edit things like if I want to fix an error like say I screwed up, how to fix the word if I screwd up? like I posted a topic on this in the forums here. I tried, bluebird does not support Apple Pay. Hot spot? how is that different than tethering?

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Saturday, February 28, 2015

yep, that's what I went from. LG 5300 basic flip phone to this, so yeah. huge difference.

Submitted by Imani on Saturday, February 28, 2015

To text use the rotor. Choose words or characters and swipe one finger down the word or upward to go in either direction forward or backwards through the text. To me tethering and hotspot are the same. I'm just used to calling it hotspot.

Submitted by Apple Khmer on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I came from using a Samsun Cativate Glide. The Voice Over for IOS does a lot more than Google TalkBack has done.

Submitted by Imani on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I can say it is so much easier to edit text on iOS. I had an android for a little bit.

Submitted by Apple Khmer on Saturday, February 28, 2015

Yeah, Google Talkback isn't for editting or knowing how words are spelled as clearly stated in its disclaimer. IOS does let you edit and check how wors are spelled, but the navigation rotor doesn't have paragraph navigation, unlike the Mac.

Submitted by david s on Sunday, March 1, 2015


I have multiple apps on my iPhone but below are the apps I use very often.

KNFB Reader reads letters and documents aloud to me if my son isn’t around. KNFB reader isn’t perfect but at least it doesn’t whine and tell me it’s hungry.
Blind Square tells me what’s around me and if needed, how to get somewhere.
Tap Tap See and Seeing Goggles tells me what I am looking at. They both have up and down sides but again, it’s better than waiting for someone sighted.
Google Chrome works better for me than safari. Until Safari is fixed, Chrome is my web browser.
Trulink to control my Halo Hearing aids. Best Bluetooth device I ever purchased. Everything streams from my phone to my Has without remotes or neck loop.
Uverse to watch TV or recorded shows.
Netflix to watch movies.
Then there are the usual text message, email and music. If you don’t already have it, go to blind mice mega mall and download descriptive audio enabled movies for free.

Hmm.. come to think of it, I don’t really use my phone to make phone calls. LOL

For games, there are plenty. Check out the IOS gaming section.

Take care and good luck.

Submitted by Becca on Sunday, March 1, 2015

I use my phone for so much: music, the web, movies, pictures, writing, email, reading books, taking pictures and videos, and I think that's it.
Some apps I use are:
Bard Mobile- this is a free organization that allows you to read books.
Learning Ally- I use this for school it allows you to read books.
Voice Dream Reader- also reads books. You can get access to bookshare, another organization that allows you to read books. It's free if you are a student.
Twittereffic a Twitter app
Pages, Keynote, and Google Drive and Google DOCX- writing and editing text for school. You can also read powerpoints if you need too.
Netflics, the Nickaloden, and the Watch Disney Channel apps-watching T.V. and movies.
Facebook-I use this sometimes.
Youtube-listening to music and watching videos
KLove- this is a Christian radio station. I love it!!!
I have Bible apps as well.
So I use it for a lot! Haha.
Hope that helps.

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Sunday, March 1, 2015

sounds like this phone is disguise the limit.
Here are the apps I have an and use on mine so far, well ok I don't use all of them all the time.
Youtube: for playing youtube vidios.
AroundMe: gives me some idea as to where I am.
Google Maps: because it sometimes works better than seri
Bard Mobile
TuneIn Radio: access to tuns of stations
IHeartRadio: Access to the IHeartMedia platform and other companies too
Radio.com: the app that lets me access CBS owned radio stations
VO Tutoreal: something that teaches you how to use Voiceover
My Verizon: access to My Verizon so I can check on things like bills or accounts etc on my wireless carrier
Slacker Radio: the radio app who's keyboard does not work on the iPhone 6 plus at all, so I have been avoiding that, but if the damn thing ever gets updated, I wanna try their paid services.
SwypeRadio: an app that lets you get access to local stations using location bassed tracking
Cydia: the Unaprooved apple app store you get with jailbreaking your device
All Menus: access to all the menus from different restaurants. amazing!
iMove: another app that gives you ideas as to what things are around you with GPS
Facebook: access to facebook
Messenger: the messenger app for Facebook
IBlinkRadio: I have no idea what most of the stuff in that even is. they have lots of podcasts, but don't really tell you what each one is about. I know its for blind people but that's it.
Facely HD: a better app for navigation of your newsfeed on facebook. You can use that to do other stuff on facebook too
Wallgreens: my farmicy
Twitterific: access to twitter
Twitter: the native twitter app that has some functionality that Twitterific does not have, so I keep it around.
Grubhub: the access to food delivery , I haven't used this to do anything yet, but the idea looks intriguing
Ebay: access to ebay
Google: which seems to mainly do searches on google. I haven't figured out why use this over the safari browser.
My Account: access to the my account section of Comcast
Connect: access to Comcast's landline services including texting from it, or to see who has called on your phone etc
CNet: access to CNet though this app seems to have issues for me
Battery: Amber Battery Pro, the app that lets me see status about my battery charges etc
PayPal: access to the PayPal account for sending/receiving money
My Bluebird: access to the bluebird creditcard
Skype: access to the Skype client
AIM: access to AOL Instant messenger
OneDrive: access to all of the files from within Microsoft's cloud storatge OneDrive
BlindBargains: Access to all the content from the Blind Bargains website, but seems easier to use on iOS
At40: access to American Top 40 countdown
Tidal: access to lossless streaming audio (yes I've tried the others and do not like them
Cookie Finder: access to girlscout cookies
CallControler: a jailbreak app that lets me control the answering and declining of phone calls

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Sunday, March 1, 2015

Huh, I stil don't understand how to edit on my phone, at all.
I can use the roder to navigate to the words, and characters, but how do I insert something if I screwe up? it never ever puts the letters in the right spot for me, no matter what I do.
I know how to swipe up and down to go back and forth from within each setting in the roder.

Submitted by Imani on Sunday, March 1, 2015

For example: if you write this sentence today is a good day. And you misspelled "is" with "os" instead, here's a way to correct it.

With voiceovers focus on the edit field if you double tap with one finger it will take you to the beginning of the edit field and if you double tap with one finger again it will move the cursor to the end of the edit field.
Depending on whether your roder is set to word or character will depend on the movement of the cursor.
Double tap to go to the beginning of the edit field. Use one finger and swipe up to down to move forward with in your edit field. If you swipe down to up it will move backwards
Choosing character on the roder and being at the beginning of your edit field swipe with one finger up to down to move through the characters until you hear the letter "o".
You can press the delete and it will delete the "o" and you can type an "i" inthe place.

Submitted by Usman on Sunday, March 1, 2015

In addition to what everyone else said, I also use my iPhone to do online banking. this includes transferring funds, pay bills, and check the balance on my checking and savings accounts. I also now use it to make payments in participating stores with apple pay.

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Sunday, March 1, 2015

that sounds totally confusing. is there some way to make it more like a windows screne reader?

Submitted by Apple Khmer on Sunday, March 1, 2015

In reply to by John Holcomb II

:) It's not as confusing as it seems. I mean, this is simply rotor-based. Once you get the hang of the rotor, editing is a breeze. Just turn the rotor to how you wish to navigate the text whether it be by word or line, swipe to wheer you'd like to edit, then go from there.

Submitted by Siobhan on Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hi John. If you'd like to work off this forum, please contact me and we'll arrange something. Once you hear someone else doing it, it will be eaiser then just reading it.

Submitted by Toonhead on Monday, March 2, 2015

Hi. I use a lot of the same apps as some people do, but let me tell you guys about a few apps I really like, but for whatever reason are overlooked. YouPlayer: this is an app for watching Youtube videos. If you subscribe to a lot of Youtube channels like I do, it's very easy to view the latest videos from all your subscribed channels. Just double-tap on latest videos (remember you must have a google account for this and you have to subscribe to a few Youtube channels for this to work.)
Weather Radio by WDT: this is a paid app that lets you know when bad weather conditions are in your area, or in other cities you monitor. This works only for the US, so unfortunately it doesn't work for international users. An even easier interface to weather is called Degrees. This app is $1.99 but is worth it if you want a more detailed app with weather conditions. Very accessible with VoiceOver.

VoiceDream Reader is an absolute must if you listen to a lot of mp3 audio books, or read a lot of text documents. You can choose a number of voices to download, each one costs a few bucks but it's very much worth it.
Bard mobile as others have mentioned is great.

Dice World is an awesome app for playing 6 different dice games with friends across the internet. The developers have actually gone out of their way to make absolutely sure that this app is accessible to blind users, so their efforts are definitely to be commended. They also make a black jack game, that one is called Black Jack Free. it does include some in-app purchases though, you can buy different amounts of chips if you get low. Tip, if you don't play for a couple days, it'll nudge you to come back and it'll give you 250 chips just for doing so. you can also brag to your friends on Facebook for 100 chips and tweet about the app for 25 extra coins as well. Please be careful about this, you don't want to spam your friends. They might be a bit angry with you. The other games I'll mention are the ones in the blind fold series made by Kid Friendly Software. There is Blind Fold Crazy Eights, Blind Fold Blackjack, Blind Fold Solitare, and Blind Fold video poker. All of these games are excellent, and definitely deserve a look if you're into that. For podcasts, Downcast is my favorite. It offers a few nice little things that the regular podcast app doesn't, so if you listen to a lot of podcasts, check that one out. I hope this has been helpful to some folks!

Submitted by Usman on Monday, March 2, 2015

Just to be clear, the native youtube app works just fine as well and one can very easily find and watch videos from the channels they are subscribed to.

Submitted by Isaac Hebert (not verified) on Monday, March 2, 2015

I use my iPhone for mail safari music text and iMessage.
I also use for gps navigation OCr.

I also use off course the phone app too.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I use my iphoen for texts, calls, phone, notes for school, dropbox and audio recording, audioboom, mind games for brain exercise, my calandar, an address book and so much more. I also keep track of how much I sleep with the health app. I also live stream events using my iphone as well. Ther'es a lot you can do with an iphone. I started using mine farily well after about a day of using it.

Take care.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Saturday, March 7, 2015

In reply to by KE7ZUM

I use my iPhone as a whip with my pocket whip app and it is a good scraching phone for my back. I asked Siri to spell words that I do not know how to spell.

Submitted by Tarbaby on Saturday, March 7, 2015

in response to a couple comments above I just want to tell you guys there is a game called "Silversword" for the iOS. Huge sprawling RPG game which I've been playing for about three months now.note, I've been playing the same game for three months!like I said, it's huge. It's in the style of the old "bards tale "game of the 80s but much more complex. The only game I've found that I can play with voiceover and touch screen. A little bit of vision is required to see the map.I plan to add this suggestion to the appropriate bread if I ever find it. :-)

Submitted by jazzyjennifer on Saturday, March 7, 2015

i some times use it for phone calls. but i am mostly on social meadia with mine. sutch as face book, skype. twitter, eth. and i play games too with my iphone.

Submitted by Pavel Ondra on Sunday, March 8, 2015

I use it for all things. Reading books with ibooks or voicedream, taking notes in every day life or for my work, phone calls, messages, imessages, calendar events, navigating with maps, playing games, listening to spotify, itunes music and youtube and many many more stuff. In near future i plan to buy apple bluetooth keyboard, because i vould like to write my blog articles and other larger text on iphone too.

Submitted by John Holcomb II on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In reply to by Toonhead

Hi, when I tried to find degrees, I couldn't find a version for the US. can you give me an app link?

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I have the iPhone 6 and iOS 9.02. I use it to check news with the news app, check for video at youtube, check email, send messages, play games, listen to audio books from audible and bar mobile, listen to old radio shows from vintage radio, play music for me and Bella the cat, she likes ruck. I almost forgot I use it to make calls.

Submitted by charles on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In reply to by John Holcomb II

I don't know what you mean by finding degrees. Other than that, I use my iPhone 6 for a music player, listening to Major League baseball games, listening to the public service bands used by police, fire, ambulance, and others, a GPS tool, playing games, working eMail, a podcast catcher, receiving the radio station from what was my home town for over 50 years, a bar code reader, getting sighted help when it is needed, an OCR device, reading The Bible and BARD books, an amp for my electric guitar, an electronic tuner for the electric or acoustic guitar, recording music using the guitar, keeping tabs on local weather and the weather where friends and relatives live, Skype, and, yes, making and receiving phone calls. There may be other things that I use it for, but that's a good start, anyway. No doubt about it, I use this darned thing every single day!