Muting VoiceOver on Apple Watch: new feature? or am I late to the party!

watchOS & Apple Watch Apps

Hi All
The other day I found out you can mute VoiceOver on the watch without turning it off. It acts the same way as it
does on iOS.
For the last few days I have kept my watch muted, only unmuting to check the time or look at notifications.
is this a new VoiceOver feature? or has it always been there? Either way, I’ve never come across it before and love it already!
Has this feature been there all along? or is it new? If it is new, they kept it very quiet.
Answers on a postcard please!!! :)



Submitted by Matthew on Sunday, October 25, 2020

Three finger double-tap does not mute speech on my watch as it does on the iPhone. How are you getting this feature to work?

Submitted by LadyMunch on Sunday, October 25, 2020

In reply to by Matthew

That's exactly what I'm doing, though. Three-finger double-tap. I'm on Watch OS 7 though, so not sure if that makes a difference.

Submitted by Brian Giles on Sunday, October 25, 2020

Wow! So it does work. Who new? I didnt think the watch could recognize three-finger gestures. Maybe that's new in watchOS7.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Sunday, October 25, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

Hi, for those that asked how it works, the justure works like on an iPhone with Boice Over runing. It’s hard too doo this sometimes because the size of screen but it’s defenetly possible.

Submitted by Matthew on Sunday, October 25, 2020

Three finger tripple tap does toggle digital crown navigation mode, but two finger double tap does nothing.

Submitted by DurDevil on Monday, October 26, 2020

Doesn't work on my Series 4 with latest OS. Even phoned Apple Accessibility to ask if there is a trick to it. They didn't know of it and could not duplicate it either. Would be interested to hear more on who has this working; Watch version, OS version etc. Would be cool to have working.