iPhone is built to be as accessible as it is personal. Voice Control is a powerful new way to control your iPhone using just your voice. Switch Control lets you navigate onscreen keyboards and menus with a single tap. And AssistiveTouch lets you turn a pinch into a tap or customise other gestures to fit your needs.

Back Tap A tap on the back opens a favourite app.

Meet the easiest shortcut ever. Back Tap lets you double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iOS device to automatically perform a range of custom tasks — from opening your favourite app to taking a screenshot. Choose from 24 different actions or create your own automated shortcuts to simplify your everyday tasks.1

Voice Control Tell your iPhone exactly what you want to do.

Voice Control on iPhone

Voice Control lets you fully control your iPhone using only your voice.2 A comprehensive set of commands makes it easy to quickly open and interact with your favourite apps. And you can navigate virtually any app through numbered labels alongside clickable items or by superimposing a grid to precisely select, zoom and drag.

Voice Control A more efficient way to write and edit.

Voice Control provides the latest advances in audio‑to‑text transcription. And with rich text editing commands, making corrections or formatting changes is incredibly efficient. You can say things like “Replace ‘I’m almost there’ with ‘I just arrived’”, or “Move up two lines. Select previous word. Capitalise that” — and your iPhone does it. If you want to correct or change a word or emoji, simply ask and you’ll get a list of suggested replacements. And Voice Control understands contextual cues, so you can seamlessly transition between text dictation and commands. For example, say “Happy Birthday. Tap send” in Messages, and Voice Control sends “Happy Birthday” — just as you intended. You can also say “Delete that”, and it knows to delete what you just wrote.

Voice Control on iPhone

Switch Control Tap and pinch without tapping and pinching.

Switch Control on iPhone

Built directly into iOS, Switch Control is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with extensive physical motor limitations. Switch Control allows you to navigate sequentially through onscreen items and perform specific actions using a variety of Bluetooth‑enabled switch hardware. It also has features like expanded word prediction and a media playback menu to make it easier to use. And Switch Control is customisable for both beginners and advanced users — you can simplify existing actions or create your own.

Platform Switching Control your Mac with your iPhone.

Switch Control supports Platform Switching, which allows you to use a single device to operate any other devices you have synced with your iCloud account. So you can control your Mac directly from your iPhone or iPad, without having to set up your switches on each new device.3

Switch Control on iPhone

Siri Streamline the things you do every day.

Siri Shortcuts on iPhone

Siri helps you with the things you do every day.4 All you have to do is ask. Say something like “Tell Lucy I’m running late” or “Remind me to make reservations for Saturday”. And with Siri Shortcuts, you can cue custom, multi-action commands by voicing a preferred phrase. If you’re leaving work, you could say “Heading Home” to simultaneously alert a family member and get directions in Maps. Siri is also integrated with Switch Control, so you can use it even when “Hey Siri” isn’t active.

Dictation You say it. iPhone types it.

Dictation lets you talk wherever you would type. Tap the microphone button on the keyboard, say what you want to write and your iPhone converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text. So it’s easy to type an email, note or web address — without typing at all.

Siri Shortcuts on iPhone

AssistiveTouch Turn a pinch into a tap.

AssistiveTouch on iPhone

iPhone is remarkably intuitive and easy to use. AssistiveTouch lets you adapt the Multi-Touch screen to your physical needs. So if you need to change some gestures, like pinch, you can make them accessible with just a tap of a finger. You can create your own gestures and even customise the layout of the AssistiveTouch menu. And if you want an alternative to pressing the Home button, you can activate it with an onscreen tap. Gestures like rotate and shake are available even when your iPhone is mounted on a wheelchair. And now Mouse Support in AssistiveTouch lets you connect a Bluetooth mouse to mimic finger touch for navigation.

Touch Accommodations Make touch interactions work for you.

With Touch Accommodations, you can adjust how the screen responds to your touch. Control how long you touch before it’s recognised or whether repeat touches are ignored. So you can put your finger down anywhere on the screen and move to the item you want without mistakenly performing an action.

AssistiveTouch on iPhone

Keyboard Shortcuts Shortcuts for commonly used words or phrases.

If there’s a word or phrase you frequently use, create a customised shortcut — and iOS will type it out for you. For example, “appt” can expand to “appointment” or “cyl” to “Call you later”. Keyboard shortcuts make it easier and faster to type your name, email address, home address or any other text that you type often.

Predictive Text Let iPhone finish what you started.

Tap to choose the perfect suggestion for your next word — Predictive Text adjusts results based on who you’re talking to and what you’ve said before.5

Hardware Keyboard Support Simplify keystrokes and adjust sensitivity.

When using a physical keyboard, you can turn on Sticky Keys to combine your keystrokes, allowing you to press one key at a time instead of pressing them together. Or use Slow Keys to adjust the amount of time between when a key is pressed and when it is activated — so your iPhone processes only the keystrokes you mean to make.

Third-Party Keyboard Support Use the keyboard that’s right for you.

Swipe rather than type, or go old school with the classic keyboard layout. Developers can format keyboards for use within their own apps. And now that new keyboards are available, you can choose your favourite input method or layout system-wide.



User Guides

iPhone User Guide (Tagged HTML)

Learn more with the iPhone User Guide

iPhone User Guide (Apple Books)

Open the iPhone User Guide in Apple Books

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 iPhone.

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Select accessibility. Then select and turn on the features you want to use.

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