When VoiceOver is turned on, the standard touchscreen gestures have
different results. These and additional gestures allow you to move
around the screen and to control the individual elements when they’re
selected. VoiceOver gestures include using two and three fingers to
tap or flick. For best results using two- and three-finger gestures,
relax and let your fingers touch the screen naturally.
You can use many different techniques to enter VoiceOver gestures. For
example, you can enter a two-finger tap using two fingers from one
hand, or one finger from each hand. You can also use your thumbs. Try
different techniques to discover which works best for you.
Following is a summary of some of the VoiceOver gestures.
Navigate and Read
Tap: Speak item.
Flick right or left: Select next or previous item.
Flick up or down: Depends on Rotor Control setting. See Rotor
Two-finger tap: Stop speaking current item.
Two-finger flick up: Read all from top of screen.
Two-finger flick down: Read all from current position.
Three-finger flick up or down: Scroll one page at a time.
Three-finger flick right or left: Go to next or previous page
(such as Home screen, Stocks, Safari).
Three-finger tap: Speak the scroll status (which page or rows
Select and Activate
Double-tap: Activate selected item.
Touch an item with one finger, tap the screen with another
finger (“split tapping”): Activate item.
Double-tap and hold (1 second) + standard gesture: Use a
The double-tap and hold gesture tells iPhone to interpret the
subsequent gesture as a standard one. For example, you can double-tap
and hold, then without lifting your finger, drag your finger to slide
Two-finger double tap: Answer or end a call. Play or pause
(iPod, YouTube, Voice Memos, Photos). Take a picture (Camera). Start
or pause recording (Camera, Voice Memos).
Three-finger double tap: Mute or unmute VoiceOver.
Three-finger triple tap: Turn the screen curtain on or off.
NOTE: Single-finger flicking gestures must be done quickly to
distinguish them from dragging gestures.
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