Universal Access features
iPhone incorporates numerous accessibility features, including:
Call audio routing
White on Black
Mono Audio and balance
Hearing Aid Mode (iPhone 4 GSM)
LED Flash for Alerts
Support for braille displays
Playback of closed-captioned content
With the exception of VoiceOver, these accessibility features work with most iPhone apps,
including third-party apps you download from the App Store. VoiceOver works with all apps that
come preinstalled on iPhone, and with many third-party apps.
For more information about iPhone accessibility features, go to www.apple.com/accessibility.
You can turn individual accessibility features on or off in Accessibility settings on iPhone. You can
also turn some features on or off in iTunes when iPhone is connected to your computer.
Turn on accessibility features using iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
Turn on accessibility features using iTunes: Connect iPhone to your computer and select iPhone
in the iTunes device list. Click Summary, then click Configure Universal Access at the bottom of the
Large Text can only be turned on or off in iPhone settings. See “Large Text” on page 153.
VoiceOver describes aloud what appears onscreen, so you can use iPhone without seeing it.
VoiceOver tells you about each element on the screen as you select it. When you select an
element, a black rectangle (the VoiceOver cursor) encloses it and VoiceOver speaks the name or
describes the item.
Touch the screen or drag your fingers to hear different items on the screen. When you select text,
VoiceOver reads the text. If you turn on Speak Hints, VoiceOver may tell you the name of the item
and provide instructions for you—for example, “double-tap to open.” To interact with items on the
screen, such as buttons and links, use the gestures described in “Learning VoiceOver gestures” on
When you go to a new screen, VoiceOver plays a sound and automatically selects and speaks
the first element of the screen (typically, the item in the upper-left corner). VoiceOver also lets
you know when the display changes to landscape or portrait orientation, and when the screen is
locked or unlocked.
Note: VoiceOver speaks in the language specified in International settings, which may be
influenced by the Region Format setting (Settings > General > International > Region Format).
VoiceOver is available in many languages, but not all.