How to Set Up VoiceOver on Your iPad

iPad's VoiceOver feature reads the names of screen elements and settings to you, but it also changes the way you provide input to iPad. In Notes, for example, you can have VoiceOver read the name of the Notes button to you, and when you enter Notes, read any words or characters you've entered, and tell you if features such as AutoCorrect are on.

To turn VoiceOver on

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and then tap General.

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. In the Accessibility dialog, tap the VoiceOver button.

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  4. In the VoiceOver dialog, tap the VoiceOver On/Off button to turn it on.

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    The first time you turn on the feature, you'll see a dialog noting that turning on VoiceOver changes gestures used to interact with iPad. Tap OK to proceed.

  5. Tap the Practice VoiceOver Gestures button to select it, and then double-tap to open it. (This is the new method of tapping that VoiceOver activates.)

    It's important that you first single-tap to select an item such as a button, which causes VoiceOver to read the name of the button to you. Then double-tap the button to activate its function. (VoiceOver reminds you to do this if you turn on Speak Hints, which is a help when you first use VoiceOver but gets annoying quickly.)

  6. Tap the Speaking Rate field, and VoiceOver speaks the name of the item.

    If the voice speaks too slowly or too quickly, double-tap the slider and move the slider to the left to slow it down or the right to speed it up.

  7. If you'd like VoiceOver to read words or characters to you (for example, in the Notes app), double-tap Typing Feedback.

  8. In the Typing Feedback dialog, tap to select the option you prefer.

    The Words option will read words but not characters, such as the dollar sign. The Characters and Words option reads both.

You can change the language that VoiceOver speaks. In General settings, choose International, then Language, and select another language. This will, however, also change the language used for labels on Home icons and various settings and fields in iPad.

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