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Hi all.

 

Came across this today when looking for how to increase volume on voiceover
on the iPhone (tip Number 5).  The tips are relevant to iPhone 4 and 4 s and
I thought other newbies like me might also find them useful. 

 

Enjoy

 

Paul

 

TIPS FOR RUNNING VOICEOVER ON THE IPHONE 3GS OR IPOD TOUCH 3RD GENERATION 

 

This document has some tips, (particularly for people with vision, who wish
to assist a person who needs to use VoiceOver on the iPhone or iPod Touch
3RD

generation.   

 

These tips have been put together from questions/answers from the Adaptive
Technology Helpdesk at Vision Australia. 

 

VoiceOver works with all inbult applications within the iPhone OS and many
3RD party applications accessed from the Aps store. 

 

Please note - when VoiceOver is running. the standard iPhone gestures no
longer operate.  This document assumes that VoiceOver has been turned on,
and once

turned on, the person using the unit needs to use/navigate the system.
Instructions are given here for both sighted and non sighted operation. 

 

Three sections in this document, Tips, Resources, and a list of the main
VoiceOver gestures. 

 

Tips

 

1. For those with some vision who want to turn VoiceOver on or off, from the
iPhone home screen, go to:

 

Settings

 

General

 

Accessibility

 

VoiceOver

 

Select VoiceOver on/off toggle

 

2. When VoiceOver is running, a user needs to do a one finger double tap to
activate an item.  A one finger single tap anywhere on the screen, only
reads

out what the item is.  a one finger flick left moves to the previous item
and a 1 finger flick right moves to the next item.

 

3. For those with vision who need to get back to accessibility to turn
VoiceOver off:

 

1 finger double tap Settings

 

1 finger double tap General

 

scroll screen down with 3 finger flick up

 

1 finger double tap Accessibility

 

1 finger double tap VoiceOver

 

1 finger double tap on the VoiceOver on/off toggle.

 

Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

 

4. For people that want to just play with VoiceOver or have the ability to
turn it on/off from the Home button:

 

1 finger double tap Settings

 

1 finger double tap General

 

1 finger double tap Accessibility

 

1 finger double tap Triple-click Home

 

1 finger double tap to select VoiceOver.  

 

Pressing  the Home button three times will now toggle VoiceOver on/off (this
setting is recommended particularly for VoiceOver users).  

 

Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

 

5. To increase the volume of VoiceOver,:

 

2 finger flick up to start VoiceOver reading the screen

 

Use the Volume Up/Down button on the left top side of the unit.

 

6. To change  the rate of VoiceOver speaking:

 

1 finger double tap Settings

 

1 finger double tap General

 

3 finger flick up scroll screen down

 

1 finger double tap Accessibility

 

1 finger double tap VoiceOver

 

1 finger flick up (faster) or down (slower) to adjust the rate slider.

 

Press the Home button to return to the home screen.

 

8. To practise VoiceOver gestures:

 

1 finger double tap Settings

 

1 finger double tap General

 

3 finger flick up scroll screen down

 

1 finger double tap Accessibility

 

1 finger double tap VoiceOver

 

1 finger double tap Practise Gestures.

 

Can now practise gestures without being activated upon.  Press the Home
button to return to the Home screen.

 

9. The 3 finger double tap toggle, mutes speech, it does not turn VoiceOver
off: VoiceOver gestures are still active.

 

10 If screen is blank and VoiceOver still working, the 3 finger triple tap
toggle will turn the screen curtain on or off.

 

11 If iPhone locked, press Home button, locate the Unlock button on the
bottom left side of the touch screen, and 1 finger double tap to unlock.

 

12 To move through the application screens, 3 finger flick left scrolls the
screen right (next screen), and 3 finger flick right, scrolls the screen
left

(previous screen).  3 finger tap on the screen gives current screen view
(page or rows).

 

13 To read status line:

 

1 finger touch on the status line at the top of the touch screen

 

1 finger flick left or right to read items (time, battery level etc)

 

1 finger touch another part of the screen to move focus away from the status
line.

 

14 Stop VoiceOver speaking: two finger single tap.

 

15 Answer a call, 2 finger double tap, and to hang up, two finger double
tap.

 

16. If not on a call, 2 finger double tap starts playing media, and 2 finger
double tap stops.

 

17. When on a call, the volume of VoiceOver will be dropped slightly to that
of the call.

 

18. When listening to music, the volume of the music will be dropped whilst
VoiceOver is speaking.

 

19. To start/stop music playing whilst within an application, 2 finger
double tap on the status line at the top of the touch screen.

 

20. To delete an application:

 

Locate the application by touching the screen with 1 finger or 1 finger
flick left or right to locate the item

 

1 finger double tap: but on the second tap, hold finger on screen until an
ascending tone is heard and then release finger

 

1 finger flick left or right to locate item or reread current item (by
flicking for example left and than right)

 

1 finger double tap to then commence the deleting process and follow the
prompts.

 

Pressing the Home button will cancel the operation.

 

21. To increase speed on the dial and QWERTY keypads:

 

use 1 finger to locate the number or letter, keep finger on screen, and use
another finger 1 single tap to complete the double tap sequence.  NB to
activate

any item it is a 1 finger double tap.  This method is known as a split tap.

 

22. For ease of dialling, add contacts to favourites.

 

23. To dial a number by using voice:

 

hold the Home button in until a tone is heard

 

release the Home button

 

say "dial" followed by the telephone number.

 

24. When inputting in the dial or QWERTY keypads, in order to hear the
numbers or characters that are being deleted by the Delete button:

 

1 finger double tap on the text field (put focus in the field but can stil
access keypad)

 

when the Delete button is used, numbers or characters will be spoken.

 

25. To move in a text field (keypad or QWERTY):

 

1 finger double tap on the text field (put focus in the field)

 

2 finger rotate clockwise or counter clockwise to hear VoiceOver say
"character", "word", or "navigation

 

Stop rotating on the desired element to select

 

1 finger flick up moves to the previous slected rotor element and 1 finger
flick down moves to the next selected rotor element.

 

EG if character selected, 1 finger flick up will move 1 character to the
left, and 1 finger flick down will move 1 character to the right.  

 

Note - navigation is the same as the 1 finger flick left or right.

 

26. When moving by the 1 finger flick up or down by character or word, the
cursor is always to the right of the last item spoken when flicking down
(moving

to the next element), and to the left  when flicking up (moving to the
previous element).

 

27 When on a webpage or HTML document, the web rotor (2 finger rotate)
contains other elements to be used by the 1 finger flick up or down
gestures.  e.g.

Header, Table, Link etc.  Rotate to these items and 1 finger flick up or
down will move by these items..

 

28. Cut, Copy, and Paste with Voiceover. 

 

After typing in some text

 

Move to the position in the text you wish to select via the web rotor.  I.e.
2 finger rotate clockwise or counter clockwise to cycle to character or
word,

and then use the 1 finger flick up or down to move by this element through
the text.

 

If selecting a word, VoiceOver takes the closest word to the current cursor
position.  If selecting all, it does not matter where the cursor is.

 

Selecting text

 

in the rotor, cycle to edit.

 

1 finger flick up to cycle through the options, and 1 finger double tap on
select.

 

Copy

 

1 finger flick up to cycle through the options, and 1 finger double tap on
copy (or cut if you want to get rid of the selected text).

 

Paste

 

Move to the position in the text you wish to paste the text via the web
rotor.  I.e. 2 finger rotate clockwise or counter clockwise to cycle to
character

or word, and then use the 1 finger flick up or down to move by this element
through the text.

 

in the rotor, cycle to edit.

 

1 finger flick up to cycle through the options, and 1 finger double tap on
paste.

 

29. When the iPhone is locked, pressing the Home button will read out the
current time.  After a short period, VoiceOver will announce that the screen
is

locked.

 

30. If the iPhone is turned on after being powered off, it will take
approximately 15 seconds to start up and for VoiceOver to speak.

 

31. Some VoiceOver users may wish to have the auto lock turned off (which
activates by default every 1 minute) as this means they have to find the
unlock

button.  To turn off auto lock:

 

, 1 finger double tap Settings

 

1 finger double tap General

 

1 finger double tap Auto Lock

 

1 finger double tap to select Never.

 

iPhone can be manually locked by pressing the power/sleep button.

 

Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

 

32. If VoiceOver does not read items being touch by the 1 single tap or
moved to by the 1 finger flick left or right:

 

flicked to and has read before, 

 

press Home button 3 times to turn VoiceOver off

 

press Home button 3 times to turn VoiceOver back on

 

This will only work if VoiceOver has been associated to the Triple-click of
the Home button in Accessibility.

 

Otherwise, go to VoiceOver within Accessibility, and turn it on and off (not
advised for someone without vision).

 

33.  As the iPhone and iPod Touch share the same OS, when turning either
unit off by holding the power/sleep button in for 2 seconds, the Touch will
still

say "iPhone shutting down".

 

34. When powering off the iPhone/Touch after holding the power/sleep button
in for 2 seconds, need to 1 finger double tap on the Power Off button (top
left

of the touch screen).  To exit this function, just press the Home button.

 

35. Once the item has been found by the 1 finger single tap or 1 finger
flick left or right, the user can 1 finger double tap anywhere on the screen
to

activate the item that is in the VoiceOver focus.

 

36. For visual assistance, the item in the VoiceOver focus has an outline
around it.

 

37. Vision Australia suggests the use of a case to orientate the user to the
touch screen/controls, and a film on the screen to protect the screen.

 

38. A person without vision will no when the iPhone or Touch is restarting
after going flat and being plugged in to power by the unit vibrating when it

is starting up initially.

 

39. The extra hints that VoiceOver gives the user (such as double tap to
open), can be turned off. Go to:

 

1 finger double tap Settings

 

1 finger double tap General

 

3 finger flick up to scroll screen down

 

1 finger double tap Accessibility

 

1 finger double tap VoiceOver

 

1 finger double tap on Hints to toggle it off (or back on).

 

40. The inbuilt screen magnification (Zoom) can not be used as the same time
as VoiceOver.  However. all of the other inbuilt accessibility options can

be used at the same time with VoiceOver.  e.g. Mono audio, Black/White etc.

 

41. Setting up the iPhone or Touch on a Windows PC with iTunes to enable
VoiceOver may be difficult due to the fact that the users screen reader may
not

be reading the iTunes screens correctly.  No problem using VoiceOver on the
Mac with iTunes.  However, users need to be ok navigating with VoiceOver. 

Some times just as easy for person in a shop to turn VoiceOver on, then
person only has to worry about using iTunes for getting music etc, not
getting

the iPhone or Touch talking.

 

42. The only way to change the language of the synthesiser that VoiceOver
uses is to change the regional setting.  Eg in Australia we get the
Australian

voice, UK the UK voice etc.

 

43.  To allow VoiceOver to be heard on a Bluetooth headset, make sure that
the Bluetooth headset supports A2DP.  Otherwise, the Bluetooth headset will
only

work for phone calls. 

 

Resources

 

Apple Accessibility iPhone page:

 

http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone

 

Vision Australia Equipment Solutions Specialists demo page:

 

http://www.adaptive-tech.org/ess

 

Mac-Accessibility iPhone applications that work well with VoiceOver page:

 

http://www.maccessibility.net/iphone/apps 

Main VoiceOver gestures

 

1. Start and stop current action: answer/hang up a call, start/stop playing
music/video, start/stop Voice Memo recording, start/stop the Stop Watch etc.

 

2. Read item under finger: 1 finger single tap.

 

3. Activate item with VoiceOver focus: 1 finger double tap.

 

4. Move to previous item: 1 finger flick left.

 

5. Move to next item: 1 finger flick right.

 

6. Scroll page up: 3 finger flick down.

 

7. Scroll page down: 3 finger flick up.

 

8. Scroll left one page: 3 finger flick right.

 

9. Scroll right one page: 3 finger flick left.

 

10. Speak page or rows being displayed: 3 finger single tap.

 

11. Select next rotor setting: 2 finger Rotate clockwise.

 

12. Select previous rotor setting: 2 finger rotate counter clockwise.

 

13. Move to previous item using rotor setting: 1 finger flick up.

 

14. Move to next item using rotor setting: 1 finger flick down.

 

15. Pause or continue speech: 2 finger single tap.

 

16. Read page starting from top: 2 finger flick up.

 

17. Read page starting from selected item: 2 finger flick down.

 

18. Toggle screen curtin (blank screen) on/off: 3 finger triple tap.

 

19. Toggle speech on/off (VoiceOver gestures still active): 3 finger triple
tap. 

 

March 2010 


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