Apple Accessibility Support

Creator: Apple

Date Updated: August 23, 2022

A guide for some of the accessibility features available in Apple products, including VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch, Switch Control, Guided Access, and Voice Control. There is also a braille user guide for different types of apple devices.

Quick Facts

  • Apple has built-in accessibility features on their devices.
    • VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader available in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch.
    • Users can magnify their screen using the Magnifier app (on iPad, iPhone, and iPad touch).
    • Apple has AssistiveTouch (on iPad, iPhone, and iPad touch) that you can use to change the volume, lock the screen, use gestures, and much more.
    • You can use Switch Control to select, tap, or drag items, type, and draw.
    • Guided Access limits the actions you take to a single app (so you won’t accidentally open something else when gesturing).
    • Voice Control will let you control your actions on iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch using your voice.
  • macOS provides accessibility shortcuts for users. These include:
    • Turn VoiceOver on/off: Command+F5
    • Turn zoom (magnification) on/off: Option+Commend+8
    • Increase screen contrast: Control+Option+Command+Period (.)

Visit Apple Accessibility Support

References

Apple Support (2021). Accessibility Support. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/accessibility

Apple Support (2021). iPhone User Guide. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/iphone/iphe867dc99c/ios

Apple Support(2021). Use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT202658

Apple Support (2021). Use Switch Control to navigate your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201370

Apple Support (2021). Use Guided Access with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT202612

Apple Support (2021). Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT210417

Apple Support (2021). Mac accessibility shortcuts. Web page. Retrieved from: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204434