- You can turn off VoiceOver on your iPad through the Settings app.
- You can also ask Siri to turn it off, or use Accessibility shortcuts linked to your home button or Control Centre.
- VoiceOver is a feature for the iPad that will read out and describe items on the screen to you.
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With the VoiceOver feature on your iPad, you’ll hear descriptions after tapping on an item on the screen – a helpful feature if you can’t see the screen.
To turn off this “VoiceOver” feature, you can change your Accessibility settings in the Settings app on your iPad. You can also turn it off through Siri, or use your home button or Control Centre.
If VoiceOver is currently on, for each step, you will have to first tap once to select a button, and then double-tap to use the selected button. When the VoiceOver feature is engaged, your iPad will also outline selections with a black box or border.
Here’s how to turn off VoiceOver.
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How to turn off VoiceOver on an iPad through the Settings app
1. Open your iPad’s Settings app by first tapping the app’s icon to select it, followed by double-tapping it to open it.
2. Select the “General” tab from the left sidebar (again, tapping once to select and then double-tapping to open).
3. There, tap “Accessibility.”
4. Under the “Vision” section, click “VoiceOver.” If this feature is activated, it will say “On” on the right hand side of the screen.
5. Under VoiceOver, tap or swipe the toggle to switch this feature off. The switch will turn from green to white.
Other ways to turn off VoiceOver on iPad
You can use Siri to turn VoiceOver off by double-tapping your home button and saying “Turn off VoiceOver.”
You can also triple-tap your home button to turn VoiceOver on and off after you enable Accessibility shortcuts.
To enable this shortcut:
1. Open your iPad’s Settings app, navigate back to the General tab, and tap “Accessibility.”
2. Scrolling to the very bottom of the page, you will find “Accessibility Shortcut,” where you can add VoiceOver. A blue check will appear if the shortcut is activated.
3. Now, when you triple-tap your iPad’s home button, it will turn VoiceOver on and off. Siri will confirm you were successful by accouncing, “VoiceOver off.”
Finally, you can add Accessibility shortcuts to your Control Centre, which you can access by pulling down the top right of your screen on an iPad running iOS 12 or later, or by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on older iPads.
1. Control Centre details are also found in your Settings app, just below “General.” There, tap “Customise Controls” to add Accessibility shortcuts.
2. Tap the green plus sign to the left of “Accessibility Shortcuts” to add it to your Control Centre.
3. The icon will now appear in your iPad’s Control Centre, where you can easily turn the VoiceOver function on and off by tapping it.
Each of these three options serve as alternative ways to turn off VoiceOver on your iPad, in addition to the Settings app.