Do you need a way to easily turn off VoiceOver so a sighted friend can use your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone? Are you playing a gesture-based audio game that requires you to disable VoiceOver? If you need a way to easily turn VoiceOver off and on without sighted assistance or Siri, keep reading for instructions. This quick guide is for you.
Configuring the Accessibility Shortcut
The Accessibility Shortcut allows you to enable or disable accessibility features by pressing the Home button (or Side button if you're device doesn't have a Home button) three times in rapid succession. Apple does not enable this feature by default, so it must be configured before it can be used. We assume VoiceOver is enabled while following this guide, so VoiceOver gestures are used. If you are sighted, you may wish to turn off VoiceOver before proceeding. Follow these steps to configure the Accessibility Shortcut to toggle VoiceOver:
- Go to your device's Home screen.
- Locate and double tap Settings.
- Double tap Accessibility.
- Double tap Accessibility Shortcut.
- Double tap VoiceOver.
- Now return to the Home screen.
Toggling VoiceOver On and Off
Simply triple tap (press three times in rapid succession) the Home (or Side) button to turn VoiceOver on or off. VoiceOver says, "VoiceOver on," or, "VoiceOver off," according to its status.