Getting Started With iOS and iPadOS

Listed below is a selection of posts from across the AppleVis website which have been especially selected to help you setup and get to know your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Guide by Kara Louise on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In this guide, I'm going to explain how you can visualise the layout of iOS apps using voiceOver, or VO for short. even though you may be totally blind. This can be done quite easily, even without using a ScreenDots protector, or relying on a bluetooth keyboard for navigation purposes.

I understand that everyone is different, so if you do find these accessories essential, then by all means continue to use them. However, if you master the below techniques, I believe you'll be able to use your iDevice as efficiently as your sighted peers.

I am totally blind myself, and have had an iPhone since 2009. So I thought I'd share what I've found works best for me, in the hope that you might find it useful too.

What I'm about to teach you is also applicable on the iPad, but their may be slight differences, due to most apps having a split screen layout.

Everything will work the same on an iPod touch.

Podcast by AppleVis on Monday, April 26, 2021

In this podcast, Thomas Domville walks us through Apple's Podcast app for iOS, which has gained some significant changes and new features with the release of iOS 14.5. These include:

  • Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening.
  • Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your Library for quick access.
  • Download behavior and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis.
  • Top Charts and popular categories in Search help you discover new shows.
Guide by mehgcap on Friday, December 31, 2010

The Mail App

There are plenty of alternative email apps for iOS and iPadOS these days, but most people will use the default app at some point. It's a solid choice, too, with plenty of useful features. While it's accessible and (mostly) easy to use, it's worth going over how it works and what to expect.

Basic Layout

Once you've added your email account(s) in Settings, and you open the Mail app, you'll find yourself in a list of your email folders. By default, you'll have things like inbox, outbox, drafts, and the like. There are also automatically-generated folders, such as a folder where emails from your VIPs will appear, or a folder for all flagged messages.

Blog Post by Scott Davert on Thursday, March 13, 2014


A common question I receive as a power user of braille devices on iOS who works with the deaf-blind population is what apps do I find most helpful, and which are most accessible to braille only users?With over 150 apps on my iDevices, I certainly can't or won't try to list them all. It should be noted that these are my personal picks and do not necessarily mean there aren't other apps I use, or which will not serve an individual better based on personal preference. There are also other apps I use which aren't quite as user friendly as the ones listed.
Guide by Michael Feir on Monday, April 27, 2020

Due to its length, this page contains only the first few pages of Michael's book. The full version is attached below as a downloadable file. More information on the book and downloadable versions in other file formats are available on Michael's website at

Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, November 2, 2019

Earlier this year Apple came under some criticism after a report by the Guardian on how Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate the responses with the purpose of improving accuracy and reliability.

In response, Apple promised that it would introduce options in a forthcoming update that would allow users to opt out of sharing their audio recordings.

Those options arrived with the releases of iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, and macOS 10.15.1.

In this podcast, Tyler walks us through how to access and change these new options.

Podcast by AppleVis on Friday, October 2, 2015

In this podcast, Scott Davert walks us through the process of updating to a newer version of iOS directly on your iOS device.

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In this podcast, Jonathan Simeone shows us how to access and use the diverse emoji icon set on iOS and iPadOS

Podcast by AppleVis on Thursday, January 21, 2021

In this quick tip podcast, Tyler Stephen shows us how to automatically delete messages on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, July 11, 2021

In this quick tip podcast Tyler Stephen will show us how to automatically deny App Tracking requests in iOS and iPadOS.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, March 31, 2019

In this podcast, Graham Langford gives us a quick tip of how to customize contact labels in iOS.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen shows us how to disable contact suggestions in the iOS Share Sheet, which can help declutter the view.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, June 14, 2020

In this quick tip, Dave Nason shows us how to de-clutter your Safari tabs on iOS by having tabs close automatically after a period of time not being used.

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In this podcast, Scott Davert demonstrates how to move apps around your various home screens with a braille display only using iOS 10 and higher. The process is the same for all displays that have a Perkins style keyboard paired with an iDevice. Moving apps to different pages, in to folders, and out of folders are covered.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In this podcast, AnonyMouse walks us through the process of setting up your iPhone for use with Apple Pay, the recently launched mobile payment and digital wallet service by Apple that lets you make payments using your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Note: at the time of posting, this service is only available to US users.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In this short podcast, Graham Langford shares three quick tips on where you can use a 1-finger double-tap and hold (also known as a “long-press”) to be more efficient and productive on iOS.

  1. Quickly access draft emails in the iOS Mail app with a “long-press” on the Compose button.
  2. Quickly archive an email message with a “long-press” on the Delete button.
  3. “Long-press” on the Delete key on the iOS keyboard to delete text faster - in some instances, the speed will increase incrementally with the amount of time you are holding the key.

Please post a comment to share your own tips on where “hidden” iOS features such as these make you more efficient and productive.

Podcast by AppleVis on Thursday, April 4, 2019

In this podcast, Tyler Stephen demonstrates the Text Selection Rotor to select text on iOS.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, April 19, 2015

A number of apps offer the option to buy auto-renewing subscriptions from within the app, from the App Store, or from Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation). After you buy, you can manage your auto-renewing subscriptions using your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher shows us how this is done on an iOS device.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In this podcast, Scott Davert shares some tips on how to use the native iOS Mail app more effectively. These include selectively enabling Smart Mailboxes; which can be particularly useful when you have multiple email accounts.

Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, August 4, 2018

In this podcast, Tunmi gives us a quick demonstration of how to use effects and apps in the iOS Messages app.