How to Turn on iPhone Accessibility Features

The iPhone has been designed to be as customer friendly as possibly, taking special precautions to not alienate any of the possible public.  Through this they have included a number of iPhone Accessibility features, which are designed to assist those that main have impediments that would normally cause issues with smart phone use.  Vision and hearing problems can take many of the iPhone’s most central features away from a potential user, and there  are several iPhone Accessibility features that will attempt to remedy this issue by targeting their needs specifically.   Here is a look at how to implement these elements on your iPhone.


The range of iPhone Accessibility features is relatively extensive.  VoiceOver allows text to be read aloud for those that may have trouble with the small text display both when reading and typing it, and Large Text will allow text to be read even more easily for those who have trouble with the miniature typeface.  Zoom works similarly yet will be of aid when seeing a whole range of images rather than just text.  White on Black is a contrast change that allows for people who need a different pattern of colors to see clearly the tools so they can engage with the iPhone more quickly, and even Auto-Text will have a speak option so that you can actually hear the corrections when texting.  There is even support for wireless braille displays in the iOS 4, and there are 31 options that you can choose between, from the Vario Connect 12 to the Seika v4.  There are options for hearing-impaired users such as employing closed captioning and using monotone audio when necessary.


If you want to turn on these iPhone features for hearing or visually impaired users you can do this right from your computer.  Go ahead and plug your iPhone into your computer and cancel the initiate sync.  Select the iPhone from under the Devices heading in the left hand panel, and then go into the Summary tab that will lay out the basic information about the smart phone.  Go to Options and then hit the “Configure Universal Access…” button, which will bring up a host of different options.  Here you can choose to turn on VoiceOver or Zoom, utilize the white-on-black display, turn on the speaking Auto-Text option, and turn on mono audio or closed captioning when the service is offered.  Once you have chosen the ones you want you can go ahead and hit Ok, and one you are back to iTunes you can just hit the Sync button.


The same series of options are given right on your iPhone in case you do not have time or access to sync your iPhone.  Go into your iPhone’s settings and then go into General, which is at the top of the third block of options directly above Mail, Contacts, Calendars.  Go down to Accessibility, which is going to be directly under International.  In here you will have the same options that you had when in iTunes, and you can turn off and on things like VoiceOver or speaking Auto-Text.  This also provides another option if you want to simply turn off one of these features after you set it up on your home computer.

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