5 Accessibility features in iPhone and iPad you can use immediately


There are many accessibility features built-in within your iPhone and iPad that you can use today without installing a third-party app. These accessibility features can help you make text and images stand out on your iPhone and iPad, they can help you type text (dictation) and install third-party custom keyboards to make typing easier and more rewarding.

The accessibility features in an iPhone and iPad can be turned on by going to Settings > General > Accessibility

These are the 5 accessibility features in iPhone and iPad you can use immediately

1. Captions and subtitles

Many videos these days carry subtitles and captions but by default they are turned off. If you’re hard on hearing, you can turn subtitles and captions on in your iPhone or iPad so that if the video uses captions or subtitles they will be displayed on the screen during the playback. In order to turn on captions and subtitles

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  2. Scroll down to the Media section and then go to Subtitles & Captioning
  3. Turn on Closed Captions + SDH

You can also use the Style section to style the display of your subtitles and captions to create convenient contrasts (for example, creating a dark background around the captions and subtitles).

2. Voice control with Siri

Siri is the official personal assistant for iPhone and iPad. It is a voice control mechanism you can use to tell your iPhone or iPad what needs to be done. You can ask Siri questions. You can ask it to remind you of various things you need to do. You can also ask it to launch various apps.

3. VoiceOver accessibility feature helps you read information on the screen

If you cannot see the screen of your iPhone or iPad, the VoiceOver accessibility feature can read selected items for you. For turning on VoiceOver

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  2. Turn on VoiceOver
  3. You can also change the speed and the page of the speech

Once VoiceOver is turned on as an accessibility feature, whenever you want your screen to be read on your iPhone or iPad, just tap once on the item and it will tell you it is. Double-tap the icon to select it.

This is the official help guide from Apple that explains various ways of using the VoiceOver accessibility feature in your iPhone or iPad.

4. The dictation accessibility feature

The dictation accessibility feature comes with every standard digital keyboard these days and in fact, it isn’t even an accessibility feature per se because it has become standard. Anyway, in your iPhone or iPad, you can either use Siri to dictate text in case you want to send an SMS or an email, or you can simply tap the inbuilt dictation icon in the keyboard and start dictating straightaway.

5. The zoom or magnifier accessibility feature

First you need to turn on the zoom or magnifier accessibility feature on your iPad or iPhone

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  2. Turn on Zoom

In order to use the zoom or magnifier accessibility feature in your iPad or iPhone, double-tap with three fingers anywhere on the screen and the feature will be turned on.

Here is a very big list of accessibility features you can immediately use in your iPhone and iPad.

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Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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