Apple TV is built with assistive technologies to help everyone enjoy a cinematic experience. The Apple TV app and the iTunes Store is full of movies with audio descriptions. And VoiceOver can help you navigate menus and works great with a braille display.

VoiceOver Know what’s happening on your screen.

VoiceOver on Apple TV

VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader that lets you enjoy Apple TV even if you don’t see the screen. Available in more than 35 languages in both compact and high-quality format, VoiceOver tells you exactly what’s on your TV screen and helps you choose commands. Apple TV incorporates many VoiceOver gestures you’re already familiar with — including flicks, taps, and the rotor — and supports standard VoiceOver commands from connected Bluetooth keyboards. To activate VoiceOver, simply triple-click the Menu button and let Apple TV guide you through setup.

VoiceOver Hear it the way you say it with the Pronunciation Editor.

The Pronunciation Editor allows you to create a list of words or phrases and the phonetic ways you want them to be pronounced by VoiceOver. These words and phrases will then be read aloud with your preferred pronunciation in menus, games, entertainment titles, and other text.

VoiceOver on Apple TV

VoiceOver Use a braille display to edit text or navigate.

Apple TV supports over 80 international braille tables and is compatible with more than 70 refreshable braille displays, which can deliver text for what you’re currently focused on onscreen — like buttons and movie titles. As you move around, VoiceOver speaks aloud and the braille display translates the text. Braille display buttons also map to VoiceOver commands and support basic navigation throughout Apple TV.

Display Accommodations Choose the filter that’s right for you.

Color Filters on Apple TV

There are a range of color filters tailored to different forms of color blindness and other vision challenges. Select one of the common presets, or fine-tune the color tint and hue to create a screen setting that works for you. Once you set your filter, it applies to everything you see on Apple TV.

Color Filters on Apple TV

Increase Contrast Make everything stand out.

Increase contrast on the screen by reducing the transparency of background elements on Movie pages, menu tabs, and more. You can also turn on a high-contrast cursor to better delineate the focused content.

Zoom Make your screen up to 15 times bigger.

Zoom is a built-in magnifier that works anywhere in Apple TV. With magnification adjustable up to 15 times the native size, Zoom can help users with a range of vision challenges.

Bold Text Make text clearer and more prominent.

Choose Bold Text to make the text easier to read across elements of the Apple TV interface.

Appearance Different modes for different moods.

Choose the light background to make posters and icons stand out more clearly. Or select the dark background and make watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies.

Reduce Motion Decrease the movement of onscreen elements.

When you turn on Reduce Motion, some screen actions — such as moving between app icons on the Home screen and launching apps — are visually simpler.

Dictation Talk where you would type.

You can also use Dictation to enter text in search fields and sign in to apps with your voice by spelling out your user name and password.

Audio Descriptions Hear the details in every scene.

Watch movies with audio descriptions on Apple TV. Movies that are available to rent or buy with audio descriptions are displayed with the AD icon in the Apple TV app and the iTunes Store.

Apple TV also lets VoiceOver users access closed caption and subtitle tracks audibly or through a braille display.

Bluetooth Keyboard Navigate Apple TV faster with a keyboard.

Using a Bluetooth keyboard lets you enter information quickly and navigate the Apple TV interface more easily. As you type, VoiceOver echoes each character on the keyboard as you touch it and again when you enter it.1

Accessibility Shortcut Get quick access to your favorite features.

Quickly turn on and off VoiceOver, Zoom, Bold Text, and more using the Accessibility Shortcut. Once the shortcut is enabled in Apple TV, you can simply triple-click the Menu button to access your preferred accessibility features.



External Resources

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

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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

Enable accessibility features on Apple TV.

  1. Open settings and select General.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Select the features you want to use.

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