iPhone For Dummies: Updated for iPhone 12 models and iOS 14
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iPhone's Accessibility tools (available on the 3GS and 4 only) are targeted at people with certain disabilities. If you are hearing or visually impaired, the iPhone offers solutions so that you can easily check your messages, browse Web content, and more:

  • VoiceOver: A screen reader describes aloud what's on the screen. The screen reader can read e-mail messages, Web pages, and more.

  • Zoom: This tool is a screen magnifier for those who are visually challenged. To zoom, double-tap the screen with three fingers, and drag three fingers to move around the screen.

  • White on Black: This tool reverses the colors on the iPhone to provide a higher contrast for people with poor eyesight.

  • Mono Audio: If you suffer hearing loss in one ear, the iPhone can combine the right and left audio channels so that both can be heard in both earbuds.

  • Speak Auto-Text: When this setting is on, the iPhone automatically speaks autocorrections and capitalizations.

You can turn these tools on or off from their Settings screens:

  1. On the iPhone Home screen, tap Settings→General→Accessibility.


    The Accessibility Settings screen appears.

  2. Slide the On/Off button to turn on a tool.

    Slide it again to turn off that tool.

Double-pressing the Home button launches multitasking. But you can set up the iPhone so that triple-pressing the button (pressing three times really fast) turns on certain Accessibility features. By doing so, you can turn VoiceOver on or off, Zoom on or off, or White on Black on or off.

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Edward C. Baig is the personal and consumer technology columnist for USA Today, where he reviews the latest gadgets and reports on tech trends. Bob LeVitus, aka Dr. Mac, is among the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS X. He's been one of the Mac community's most trusted gurus for almost twenty years, and has written or cowritten more than 45 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer.

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