Read with fewer distractions
Use Safari Reader to reduce the visual clutter — like ads and buttons — on some web pages so you can focus on whatever you’re reading. Just tap the lined paragraph icon next to the web address in Safari.
Make your text bigger and bolder
Make the text on your screen bigger and bolder so it’s easier to read. You can enable Bold Text and Larger Type in Settings > General > Accessibility.
Increase background contrast
You can increase the contrast on some backgrounds to improve legibility. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Increase Contrast.
Zoom in on text and images
Zoom allows you to magnify elements on the screen up to 500 per cent and works wherever you are in iOS, from Mail and Safari to the Home and Lock screens. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility to turn on the Zoom feature. Then double-tap with three fingers to zoom in and out.
Turn on VoiceOver
The VoiceOver screen reader allows you to navigate and interact with your iOS device even if you can’t see it. You can turn on VoiceOver in Settings > General > Accessibility.
Draw letters instead of typing
With VoiceOver, you can draw letters on the screen and have them translated to text in Mail, Notes and other applications.
Change the dialect for VoiceOver
You can change the dialect of VoiceOver on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so it’s easier to understand. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Languages & Dialects.
Let Maps tell you where you are
In Maps, VoiceOver will tell you the direction you are travelling as well as your current location and nearby landmarks.
Let your camera talk you through the shot
In the Camera app, VoiceOver will tell you how many people are in your shot and where they are on the screen.
Get spoken photo descriptions
In Photos, VoiceOver will tell you the date of a photo, its orientation, whether it’s crisp or blurry, and how well lit it is.
Get personalised vibration alerts
You can create personalised vibration patterns for incoming messages and FaceTime calls. Under any name in your contacts, just tap Edit and then tap Vibration. You can also create new customised vibration patterns in Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration.
Have a conversation in sign language
Having a sign language conversation is easy using a FaceTime video call. To start a FaceTime call, tap the FaceTime button under a name in your contacts or on the screen during a regular call.
View closed captions
To turn on the captions in closed-captioned movies, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and tap Subtitles & Captioning. You can even customise captions by size, font type and colour.
Give input using your camera or other devices
Control your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using third-party Bluetooth switches or with head movements and your device’s camera. You’ll find Switch Control in Settings > General > Accessibility.
Create your own input gestures
AssistiveTouch lets you create customised gestures to control your iOS device, allowing you to perform many actions using only one finger. AssistiveTouch is located in Settings > General > Accessibility.
Make the Home-click speed faster or slower
You can change the speed required to activate Double- and Triple-click Home commands. Just go to Settings >
General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed.
Restrict iPad to a single app
Guided Access lets you temporarily limit your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a single app and control which app features are available — a great option for young children. You’ll find Guided Access in Settings > General > Accessibility, along with instructions on how to use it.
Turn on an accessibility feature using your Home button
Accessibility Shortcut lets you quickly turn accessibility features on and off by triple-clicking your Home button. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut to select features you use the most.
Create your own keyboard shortcuts
If there’s a word or phrase you use often, create a customised keyboard shortcut and iOS will type it for you. To create shortcuts, go to Settings > General > Keyboard.