iFocus iPhone X VoiceOver Gestures – Apple Accessibility

iFocus iPhone X VoiceOver Gestures – Apple Accessibility


The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired presents iFocus, tips on using the vision accessibility features in iOS. In today’s installment, we’ll look at iPhone X VoiceOver Gestures. – [Douglas] Hello, my name is Douglas Walker. Today we will be checking out our new iPhone X voiceover gestures. Now if we don’t already know, our iPhone X is the first iPhone that no longer has our Home button. So this has really changed the way that we’ll interact with our device. The fact that we no longer have a Home button changes the way that we’ll launch Siri. It also changes the way that we’ll access our accessibility shortcuts, as well as how we will close any of our open apps. We’ve also been giving new voiceover gestures for how we’ll activate our Control Center, our Notification Center, as well as our app switcher. Now this might seem like a lot of changes, and it is. However, our new voiceover gestures really are quite intuitive. And it really doesn’t take that long to forget that we ever had a Home button. Alright, how about we jump right in? Okay, here we have our iPhone X. And of course we have no Home button, so how do we launch Siri? Well, we could just say, “Hey Siri,” right? However, we could also just hold down our side button. And our side button, of course, is our long button here on the right-hand side of our iPhone. So let’s do it. We’ll just hold down our side button and launch Siri. What’s the weather today? – [Siri] It’s currently cloudy and 46 degrees in Winnetka. Today’s high will be 50 degrees, and the low will be 35. – [Douglas] Great, and it is as easy as that. Now in the past, we would triple-tap our Home button to access our accessibility shortcuts. Well, we probably already guessed that we’ll now just press or tap our side button three times. So let’s do it. We’ll just press our side button three times. – [Man] Alert, accessibility shortcuts. – [Douglas] Alright, our accessibility shortcuts are now visible, and that is pretty great. Okay, we’ll just close our accessibility shortcuts by just touching our Cancel button here, down here at the bottom of our screen. So we’ll just touch. – [Man] Cancel button. – [Douglas] And we’ll just single finger double-tap. Alright, our accessibility shortcuts have closed. However, our Siri screen is still active or visible here on our screen. And this brings up our first new voiceover gesture. Now, we used to tap our Home button to dismiss any dialog box or to close any of our running apps. Well, now we’ll just slide or kind of drag our finger up from the very bottom edge of our iPhone screen, until we feel a single vibration. We’ll just then simply lift our finger and our app will close. Or in this case, our Siri screen will close. Now as we mentioned, we’ll need to begin dragging from the very bottom edge of our screen. Otherwise, our iPhone will just assume that we’re performing a standard flick up. Now, it’s also good to know that we’ll also be given an audio cue along with our vibration. So how about we just slide or drag our finger up our screen? And we’ll just close our Siri screen here. So we just slide our finger up. – [Man] Notes. Double-tap to open. – [Douglas] Great, our Siri screen has closed, and we’ve been placed right back on our desktop. Alright, our next gesture is our app switcher gesture. And we’ll use the exact same method that we used for closing an app. We’ll just slide our finger up from the very bottom edge, of course, until we feel our second vibration. And then we’ll just lift our finger. And it’s as easy as that. So let’s give it a try. We’ll just drag our finger up our screen until, remember, we feel our second vibration. And so we’ll just drag. – [Man] App switcher, Settings active. Swipe up with three fingers to close the app. – [Douglas] Alright, our app switcher has launched. And we could just simply flick through it as we normally would. And that’s pretty great. However, let’s say that we just wanna close our app switcher. Well, that is super easy as well, because we’ll just use our new close app gesture. So we just drag up from the bottom edge until we feel our single vibration again. And so we’ll just drag up. – [Man] Notes. Double-tap to open. – [Douglas] Okay, our app switcher has closed. And hey, how cool is that? Alright, we only have two more new gestures. We’ve been given our new Control Center gesture, and we’ve also been given a new gesture for accessing our Notification Center. Now, both of these new gestures are very similar to our other two new gestures. Only instead of sliding our finger up from the bottom edge of our screen, we’ll just slide our finger down from the very top edge of our screen. And how cool is that? So we’ll just launch our Control Center. Now we’ll just drag our finger down our screen, remember from the very top edge of our screen. And then we’ll just simply lift our finger after we feel our first vibration. Okay, so we’ll just drag down. – [Man] Airplane Mode. Switch button off. Double-tap to toggle setting. – [Douglas] Great, our Control Center has launched. And of course, we could just simply right-flick through our Control Center if we’d like. Okay, we’ve probably already guessed that we’ll use our new close app gesture to close our Control Center. So let’s do it. We’ll just drag up from the bottom edge here. And remember, we’ll feel that vibration. So we’ll just drag up our screen. – [Man] Notes. Double-tap to open. – [Douglas] Alright, our Control Center has closed and we’re right back on our desktop. Okay, our last new voiceover gesture will launch our Notification Center. We’ll just drag our finger down, of course from the very top edge of our screen, until we feel our second vibration. And then we’ll just lift our finger. Okay, so let’s launch our Notification Center. So we’ll just drag. – [Man] Notifications. 11:49 a.m. – [Douglas] Yeah, our Notification Center is now visible. And we could just simply right-flick through all of our notifications. And there you go. Okay, we should be getting the hang of things by now. So we’ll simply just use our close app gesture to close our Notification Center here. So we’ll just drag up from the bottom, and we’ll just drag up. – [Man] Notes. Double-tap to open. – [Douglas] And it is as easy as that. Our Notification Center has closed, and we’ve been placed right back on our desktop. You know, I was a bit nervous when I heard that Apple was getting rid of our Home button. However, after using our new gestures for a while now, I tell you, I’m really not missing our Home button at all. Again, my name is Douglas Walker. Take care, and I’ll see you next time. – [Announcer] For more from the iFocus series, including many other topics of interest to individuals with vision loss, visit the Videos at Hadley page on the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired website, at www.hadley.edu.

24 thoughts on “iFocus iPhone X VoiceOver Gestures – Apple Accessibility

  1. Thanks for this tutorial. Very informative.

  2. Thanks for doing this first video on IPhone 10. The main advantages of the iPhone 10 over the IPhone 8plus is the more brilliant screen and smaller overall size. With low vision, a more brilliant screen is not a game changer. As for diminishment in size, I am not ever sure that is an advantage as I like as much "real estate" to hold onto as possible. And of course its $200 more. That all adds up to buying the 8plus instead though I suspect the future is the iPhone 10 and perhaps might as well bite the bullet now. The changed gestures are not huge though since my Ipad utilizes the previous gestures, might be some double remember going on for awhile.

    One minor thing: the use of a white screen background for me is considerably less watchable because of glare though I may be the only one with this issue.

  3. Question: do you use voiceover on a daily basis? I am low vision 20/80 and 20/100 and use the accessibility features that make text bigger, and dictation, and the magnifier. I enjoy your videos on voiceover and I’m trying to figure out if it’s something I want to learn. Turning VoiceOver on changes how the phone operates entirely. Your thoughts?

  4. How do you unlock the phone, and how do you bring up the Power Off button if holding the side button now brings up Siri?

  5. Great, thank you for making this video. It solves issues I got

  6. Hi, I have Stargardt disease and I wanted to know more about you guys and what kind of help.

  7. Awesome!!!

  8. is there anything similar to zooming on mac on a windows pc? keep holding the key and use the mouse to scroll up or down to zoom in or out?

  9. The biggest problem is unlocking the phone with voiceover on , nobody wants to address it

  10. Useful vid but too much talking

  11. Thank you for sharing this. This was really helpful. Not having a tangible home button has been a little challenging.

  12. Thanks so much for the wonderful information and presentation!

  13. You can also turn voice over on and off with Siri – Siri can be set up to respond to "Hey Siri" – So you can say: "Hey Siri – Voiceover on" or "Hey Siri – Voice over off." and it will do it for you.

  14. This is great, thank you. I'd love to know how to scroll inside apps like messages, messenger, Facebook and emails. New to voice over.

  15. Não sou fluente em inglês! Se seus vídeos tivesse legenda para português seria muito bom!

  16. Anybody called 911 lol

  17. Sir in iPhone 6+ how can we do it through side or home button

  18. How do I power down with the XR with voice over on? I am planning to buy one. Love your videos and learnt from them to use my 6 plus. Thanks.
    Lois, legally blind

  19. What’s the gesture for switching between apps?

  20. I was taught by this nice man at the Tennessee School for the Blind. And it really makes me happy to show that he has not stopped teaching people about accessibility. I love and miss you so much mr. Walker. I love your teachings back then, and I still love them to this day. I don't know what I would do without you. Thank you so much for your help. This video helped out greatly. Keep on the wonderful work that you have always showing your students.

  21. You need to speed up

  22. Hi Mr. Walker! Can you recommend an affordable laptop with great accessibility settings? I’m looking for something with screen reader which has double tap gesture and dictation. However, MacBook is too expensive.

  23. thank you, this is very helpful. I’m planning to get the iPhone 11 in November

  24. We are getting the iPhone XR at work, and I was extremely nervous about missing the home button since I purposefully stayed with the iPhone 8 for that reason. This video is super helpful, and I really appreciate that you focused specifically on gestures that experienced voiceover users would be concerned about with the new phones. Thank you very much.

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