With the VoiceOver screen reader built in, Apple Watch is an incredibly powerful and accessible device for helping you be more active, healthy, and connected. Siri makes it easy to start a workout or playlist. Just say the words. You can also customize your screen with a range of display adjustments like grayscale, text size, Zoom, and the extra-Large watch face.

VoiceOver Hear what’s happening on your screen.

VoiceOver on Apple Watch

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, without the need to see it. VoiceOver on Apple Watch is compatible with built-in apps and is available in more than 35 languages. And when you turn on Taptic Time, a series of distinct taps from the Taptic Engine can discreetly tell you what time it is. Just double-tap the display to feel hours and minutes, or triple-tap with one finger to feel only minutes. You can choose from three taptic styles: digits, terse, and Morse code.

VoiceOver on Apple Watch

Siri Streamline the things you do every day.

Siri Watch Face on Apple Watch

With Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4, you can ask Siri to set a reminder, send a calendar invitation, or give you audible, turn-by-turn directions.* And with cellular, you can do all that even when you’re away from your iPhone. The updated Siri watch face is an even better personal assistant, offering more predictive and proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on your routines, locations, and when you use certain apps. Quickly pull up commute times with Maps, adjust a thermostat, or start a workout, podcast, or playlist — exactly when and where you need to do it. You can even create shortcuts that cue several of these actions at once through simple, custom phrases like “Heading Home,” without having to go into each individual app.

Siri Watch Face on Apple Watch

Font Adjustment Bigger. Bolder. Easier to read.

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

Zoom Make the screen up to 15 times bigger.

It’s easy to zoom in on your content by using the Digital Crown to move across the screen by rows. With magnification up to 15 times the native size, Zoom helps you enjoy all that Apple Watch has to offer.

Grayscale Reduce color. Step up clarity.

If it’s easier to see the screen without color, Apple Watch lets you enable grayscale onscreen. Once you set the filter, the settings apply systemwide, so you’ll see only shades of gray on the Home screen, in apps, and more.

Extra-Large Watch Face Make the numbers your focus.

Apple Watch has many different faces that you can change and customize. One of them has numbers that take up the entire screen to make it easier to view the time.

Reduce Transparency Make everything stand out clearly.

For features like alerts and Siri, you can increase the contrast on your Apple Watch screen by reducing the background transparency.

On/Off Labels Know right away whether a setting is on or off.

To make it easier to see whether a setting is on or off, you can have Apple Watch show an additional label on the on/off switch.

Reduce Motion Decrease the movement of onscreen elements.

When you turn on Reduce Motion, some screen elements — such as the movement of icons on the Home screen — will be simpler and more directly associated with your navigation gestures.

Resources

Support

External Resources

AppleVis.com

Join a community of blind and low-vision users of Apple products.

Learn more about AppleVis.com

VIPhone Discussion List

Connect with a community of people using VoiceOver and other Apple products.

Learn more about VIPhone Discussion List

Mac-cessibility Network

Get information on the use of Apple products by those who are blind or low vision.

Learn more about Mac-cessibility Network

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Explore instructional videos with tips on using the vision accessibility features in watchOS.

Learn more about the Hadley Institute

Developer Resources

Apple Accessibility for Developers

Resources to help developers make their apps more accessible.

Learn more about Apple Accessibility for Developers

Enable accessibility features on Apple Watch.

On Apple Watch

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General, then Accessibility.
  3. Tap to turn on the features you want to use.

On iPhone

  1. Open Watch.
  2. In the My Watch tab, select General, then Accessibility.
  3. Tap to turn on the features you want to use.

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