A more personal experience. For every person.

As with every product we make, we want as many people as possible to enjoy using Apple Watch. That’s why it’s designed with assistive technologies and features that make it easy for people with disabilities to use. Accessing them is also simple — either through Settings on the device itself or through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

A small screen that reads big.

There are all kinds of vision impairments, with different levels of severity. So Apple Watch offers an array of features — such as VoiceOver and an extra large watch face — to help you get the most out of your device.

VoiceOver

VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that uses the speaker on Apple Watch. It tells you everything that’s happening on the screen and helps you navigate it — even if you can’t see it. VoiceOver on Apple Watch is compatible with built-in apps and is available in over 35 languages.

Font Adjustment

Activate Larger Dynamic Type to increase the text size for a range of Apple Watch apps — including Mail, Messages and Settings — to make text easier to read. You can also choose Bold Text to make the text heavier across built-in apps.

Accessibility. Built in.

Assistive technologies for people with hearing loss come standard on Apple Watch, so you can easily engage with and enjoy your favourite content — no additional software needed.

Mono Audio

When you’re using Bluetooth headphones, you may miss some audio if you’re deaf or hard of hearing in one ear. That’s because stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right-channel audio tracks. Apple Watch supports Mono Audio, allowing you to play both audio channels in both ears, and letting you adjust the balance for greater volume in either ear. So you can tune in or out as you like.

Taptic Engine

With Apple Watch, we found a way to give technology a more human touch. It’s called the Taptic Engine — a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. You’ll feel a gentle tap on your wrist every time a notification comes in. And you can turn on Prominent Haptic to pre-announce some common alerts. So you’ll never miss messages, mail and other important events.