Since using VoiceOver I have discovered some four or more finger gestures that I find useful. As far as I can tell these gestures seem to be undocumented by Apple.
Note: Multitasking Gestures have to be turned Off in Settings to use these gestures.
These gestures have only been tested on an iPad. They work fine on a iPad 3rd generation and on an iPad Air, however, on smaller screens using four finger gestures might be more difficult. If anyone would like to try them on an iPhone or iPod please post the results here.
Here is what I have found:
These notes were originally written for iOS 7. I have added notes for similar gestures using iOS 8.
It is well documented that a three finger flick left, right, up and down moves the screen one page left, right or up and down. However, if one uses four fingers one can ‘freely’ scroll up or down in safari, for example, or left and right in some applications. The free scroll up or down can be a fast flick or a slow swipe. The four finger swipe in VoiceOver is equivalent to a single finger swipe or flick without VoiceOver on.
iOS 8: use five fingers for same results.
The four finger gesture can be used in VoiceOver in other circumstances where a single finger gesture is used without VoiceOver. I will give the normal, non-VoiceOver, one finger gesture and then the equivalent four finger VoiceOver gesture below: iOS 8 use five fingers.
Swipe right with one finger in many apps that have a side bar list such as Mail, Notes, etc. to display the side bar list. VO gesture: four finger swipe right. iOS 8: use five fingers.
In Safari one can swipe with one finger from the left bezel to go back to previous open page or from the right bezel to go forward to the next open page. VO gesture: use the same gesture but with four fingers, with at least one finger starting from the bezel. iOS 8: use five fingers.
Single finger swipe from top bezel displays Notification Center. VO gesture: four finger swipe from top bezel with at least one finger starting on the bezel. iOS 8: no equivalent 'undocumented' gesture, use standard gesture.
Same as above from bottom bezel to display Control Center.
Thumb and one finger pinch in or out to zoom page in or out in Safari, Mail, Photos, etc. VO gesture: thumb and all four fingers pinch in or out to zoom. This is much easier than using the Rotor. iOS 8: this five finger gesture sometimes works but is unpredictable.
When using Globe2Go or Pressreader from Newspaper Direct in the Text to Speech (TTS) mode called ‘Listen’ in the apps one can go to next or previous article without VoiceOver on by flicking right or left or to previous or next section by swiping up or down with one finger. For both these actions one would expect to achieve this in VoiceOver by using a three finger flick. However, this does not work and one has to use a four finger flick. This also works when in the normal page view to go to next or previous page. iOS 8: use five fingers.