screensharing with VoiceOver

macOS & Mac Apps
Hello All, I have a totally blind friend who just got a MacBook Air about 2 days ago. I'm trying to help him set up a few basic things (like telling VoiceOver to come on at the log in screen, etc.) and he is having trouble pressing the right key commands, etc. so it's becoming increasingly difficult to accomplish things by trying to tell him what to do. It would be much easier if I could simply control his mac. I know Apple has screen sharing, and the ability for ssh, but I didn't know if VoiceOver was compatible with either sharing method. I know you can screenshare with Skype, but Skype doesn't allow you to control the other person's machine. Has anyone had experience with this before? I also thought about using something called Join Me, but I wasn't sure how compatible that was either. I'm trying to find a solution that works, before I spend the amount of time trying to get his computer to give me the information I need to connect to it using whatever sharing service I'll end up using. He has a bit of a learning disability, so certain things, like controlling computers, are a little harder for him then most of us. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thnk you so much! Rocco



Submitted by Khalfan Bin Dhaher on Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hello. I'm very pleased to help, have you ever used team viewer? Team viewer is an app that allow users to control other computers and share files remotely. The app is very useful and easy to use. For more information about team viewer please visit If you need help please don't hesitate to ask.

Submitted by Rocco on Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thank you, I'll take a look at that. And I'm assuming it's VoiceOver compatible?

Submitted by Tree on Sunday, February 2, 2014

I'm pretty sure screen sharing does work with voice over. I will try and find out tomorrow and if it does not I will get back to you. You can also just try it yourself with your friend if you want. its pretty easy to set it up. He will just have to type in some things into his web browser and then type in a password and user name. Unless he will need to change his sharing Preferences as well.

Submitted by Khalfan Bin Dhaher on Sunday, February 2, 2014

In reply to by Rocco

Yes. It is VoiceOver compatible. ive used it before and it worked well. If you need any assistant please don't hesitate to contact. I'm happy to help.

Submitted by LP on Sunday, February 2, 2014

I downloaded Teamview and I was able to connect to someone's computer. I was not however, able to read their screen with Voice-Over. When I was connected, it said "empty HTML". Is there a way to read someone else's screen with Voice-Over? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Submitted by Khalfan Bin Dhaher on Monday, February 3, 2014

In reply to by LP

Yes I believe. Give me a chance to test it one more time and get back to you soon. Khalfan.

Submitted by Isaac Hebert (not verified) on Monday, February 3, 2014

Doesn't the person on the other end have to have a screen reader running for this to work?

Submitted by Rocco on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Has anyone found a workable solution to this? I did try Team Viewer, which seems to work, but the VO keys do not work from the remote I can arrow around, but can't for example, go to the doc or command tab to cycle through applications. I haven't been able to successfully get native mac screen sharing to work with anyone, so I'm not sure how Voiceover
responds to that...has anyone tried that method before?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I'm actually looking for somethingn similar for trainign as well. I can't believe there is no solution for this as of yet.

Submitted by cjackson on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I didn't realize team viewer was accessible with voiceover. The last time I tried it didn't work well. Please let me know.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Actually it's not, if you want to like get to the doc or what not so I've read in this thread.