Apple Accessibility

Make yours.

Built‑in features designed for you to make something wonderful.

Go big or go bold.

Magnifier + Door Detection

Detect every detail.

It works like a digital magnifying glass, using the camera on your iPhone or iPad to increase the size of anything you point it at — from a prescription bottle to a candlelit menu. Detection Mode in Magnifier combines the camera, LiDAR scanner and on‑device machine learning to offer People Detection, Door Detection and Image Descriptions.1 Determine a person’s proximity to you by using People Detection. Or get rich descriptions of your surroundings with Door Detection, which can help you navigate the last few metres to your destination by identifying doors, text and the presence of symbols such as those indicating toilets, no smoking or an accessible entrance.2 And Image Descriptions lets you hear more about items in the field of your camera.

Detect every detail.

Display Settings

A collection of settings supported across product platforms helps you customise your onscreen display according to your personal preferences. Make text easier to read with Bold Text or Larger Text. You can also invert colours, increase contrast, reduce transparency or apply colour filters to adapt your screen in ways that best support your vision preferences. These settings can be applied on an app-by-app basis in iOS and iPadOS. And in macOS, you can even customise the fill and outline colour of your mouse pointer to make it easier to spot onscreen.

Make quite
the display.

Zoom

Enlarged text by using zoom feature

Enlarge an area of your screen on the fly. And in iOS, iPadOS and macOS, you can get a picture-in-picture view, allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window while keeping the rest of the screen at its original size.

Larger and larger

Must-know is now can’t‑miss.

Sensory Alerts

Get an alert for incoming Phone and FaceTime calls, new texts, email messages and calendar events through vibration on iPhone or a quick LED light flash on iPhone and iPad. And your Mac can flash the screen when an app needs your attention.

Notifications. In a flash. Or a vibration.

Sound Recognition

Look down for a heads‑up.

Sound Recognition alert for a Fire Alarm on iPhone.

This feature uses on‑device intel­ligence to notify you when it detects one of 15 different types of sound, including alarms, appliances, a knock at the door, car horns or even the sound of a crying baby. For electronic sounds, you can train your iPhone or iPad to listen for and notify you of sounds that are unique to your environment, such as your doorbell. When your device detects these sounds or alerts, you’ll receive a visible and vibrating notification.3

Look down for a heads‑up.

Set up Sound Recognition on:

Get it done in more ways than one.

AssistiveTouch + Apple Watch

Pinch. Pinch. Chat.

AssistiveTouch for Apple Watch lets people with upper-body limb differences use their Apple Watch without ever having to touch the display or controls. Using built-in motion sensors and on-device learning, Apple Watch detects subtle differences in muscle movements and tendon activity, letting you control the display through hand gestures like a pinch or a clench. Answer incoming calls, control an onscreen motion pointer, and access Notification Centre, Control Centre and more.7 You can also use AssistiveTouch for Apple Watch to run shortcuts with Siri to complete tasks or modify VoiceOver and Switch Control settings on your iPhone.

AssistiveTouch for iOS and iPadOS helps you adapt standard gestures — like pinch, rotate or swipe — to make them more comfortable for you. You can make other actions, like changing volume, accessible from the AssistiveTouch menu.

Pinch. Pinch. Chat.

Set up AssistiveTouch on:

Back Tap

Tap-tap here.

Back Tap shown with side view of iPhone.

Cue
magic
here.

A double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone can be set to trigger all kinds of actions, like opening Control Centre, taking a screenshot or cueing a favourite app. Back Tap can even be used to turn on a wide range of accessibility features and run shortcuts with Siri, making it a great way to replace standard Home Screen gestures when they become tricky.8

Set up Back Tap on:

iPhone

Siri + Shortcuts

There’s a shortcut
for that. Ask Siri.

Siri is a faster, easier way to do all kinds of useful things, including making calls, sending messages and more. You can choose from many different Siri voices that sound incredibly natural when reading the news or answering questions.9 Use Type to Siri to ask questions and issue commands without speaking. Easily turn accessibility features on and off, and have notifications announced to you through your AirPods, Beats or hearing devices. The Shortcuts app lets you quickly perform everyday tasks in your most commonly used apps. Just say “Hey Siri”, then the name of the shortcut to run it. There are several shortcut options within the Gallery tab in the Shortcuts app, including the Accessibility Assistant shortcut, which creates a custom list of recommended accessibility features based on your individual needs.

There’s a shortcut
for that. Ask Siri.

Create your own centre of attention.

Safari Reader

Be captivated by content, not clutter.

Reduce the visual clutter and strip away ads, buttons and navigation bars to focus only on the content you want. And make reading onscreen text easier by customising the font, font size and background colour. You can choose to use Safari Reader automatically on websites where it’s available.

Be captivated by content, not clutter.

Set up Safari Reader on:

Spoken Content

Turn assigned reading into easy listening.

If you learn or comprehend better when you can hear what you’re reading or writing, features like Speak Screen, Speak Selection and Typing Feedback can help by adding an auditory component to text.10 As text is read aloud, Highlight Content can accentuate words, sentences or both in your preferred style and colour.

Turn assigned reading into easy listening.

Set up Spoken Content on:

Background Sounds

Make your own calm.

Background sounds can minimise everyday sounds that might be distracting, discomforting or overwhelming. Balanced, bright or dark noise, and ocean, rain or stream sounds continuously play in the background to help you focus, relax or rest. Background sounds can also mix into or duck under other audio and system sounds as you use your device.

Make your own calm.

Set up Background Sounds on:

Screens that speak volumes.

VoiceOver

Puts moments into words.

VoiceOver describing an image on iPhone and showing speech output. ‘Two people smiling and posing for a photo.’

VoiceOver is an industry-leading screen reader that describes exactly what’s happening on your device. Navigate while receiving audible descriptions or braille output of onscreen content when using compatible braille devices with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV or HomePod.10 You can explore details about the people, text, table data and other objects within images.11 Hear receipts or labels read like a table — by row and column, complete with headings. VoiceOver can also describe a person’s position in relation to objects within images, so you can relive memories in greater detail.

Puts moments into words.

Audio Descriptions

Descriptions that really make a scene.

Watch movies with detailed audio descriptions of everything happening in the scene — from a character’s expression to the mood of the shot. Audio Descriptions are available for all Apple TV+ original content.

Watch CODA on the Apple TV app

Descriptions that really make a scene.

Speak Selection

Speak bubble

This feature speaks for itself.

Choose a specific range of text that you want to hear, and have your iPhone, iPad or Mac read it to you. Speak Selection is available in more than 60 languages and locales.10

This feature speaks for itself.

Hear. There.
Everywhere.

Headphone Accommodations

Make a sound decision.

Illustration of AirPods Pro

Customise your audio experience to your individual hearing needs. With your iPhone or iPad, you can amplify soft sounds or adjust certain frequencies to make media and phone calls sound more crisp and clear through your headphones. Or quickly adjust audio settings with your latest hearing test results imported from a paper or PDF audiogram. Conversation Boost for AirPods Pro helps you stay more connected while talking to people in crowded or noisy environments. Computational audio and beamforming microphones focus AirPods Pro on the voice of the person directly in front of you, helping you distinguish their speech from background noise and follow along better during face-to-face conversations in loud locations.

Make a sound decision.

Made for iPhone hearing devices

Match your levels to your location.

Ear emoji with hearing aid

Apple has worked with top manufacturers to create hearing aids, cochlear implants and sound processors designed specifically for iPhone and iPad. Apply your audiologist’s presets without having to rely on additional remotes, or adjust your own levels as you move from quiet environments to louder ones. Support for bidirectional hearing aids allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to have hands-free Phone and FaceTime conversations. And you can keep better track of all your notifications by having Siri announce them through your Made for iPhone hearing device.

Match your levels to your location.

Live Listen

Catch the conversation.

From across
the room.

Live Listen can help you hear conversations in loud settings, or amplify someone speaking from across the room, by sending audio from iPhone or iPad to supported wireless headphones or Made for iPhone hearing devices, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.12

Works with every move you make.

Voice Control

Let your voice call the shots.

Simple vocal commands let you quickly open and interact with apps using iOS, iPadOS and macOS. You can also navigate through numbered labels alongside clickable items or by superimposing a grid to precisely select, zoom and drag. With Voice Control spelling mode, you can dictate names, addresses and preferred spellings letter by letter, with the option to choose between individual letters or the phonetic alphabet.13 Voice Control is available in many languages, including Chinese, French and Japanese.14

Let your voice call the shots.

Set up Voice Control on:

Eye-tracking support for iPadOS

Navigate your iPad with only your eyes. iPadOS supports third‑party eye‑tracking devices.15 Compatible devices track where you’re looking onscreen, and the pointer moves to follow your gaze. Extended eye contact performs onscreen actions, like a tap to select.

Move up two lines.Select sentence.CAPITALISE THAT.

Set up eye-tracking support on:

iPad

Switch Control

Switch it up to get around.

Search function in Maps shown with Switch Control panel

Use a variety of adaptive devices and item, point and manual scanning to navigate sequentially through onscreen elements and perform specific actions. Switch Control works with accessories like a switch, a joystick, a keyboard space bar or a trackpad. It also works with Sound Actions for Switch Control, which lets you use simple mouth sounds like a click, pop or “ee” sound. And with Apple Watch mirroring, you can use Switch Control and other assistive features to fully control your Apple Watch from your iPhone.16

Switch it up to get around.

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