VoiceOver screen reader

VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader that comes with Apple iOS iDevices (like the iPhone and iPad). It speaks on-screen information using a synthetic voice, and can also be used with an (optional) braille display.

VoiceOver was introduced in iOS3, and it's available in all later versions of Apple iOS. It works with many popular apps including those that come with the iDevice, and those available from the Apple app store.

VoiceOver comes with voices from the Nuance Vocalizer range.

  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • Price: Free
  • Platform: iOS

Getting started with VoiceOver

VoiceOver comes built into iOS, so you don't need to install anything. You can turn VoiceOver on/off by triple clicking the home button on your iDevice.

There is information on the Apple website to help you get started with VoiceOver on iOS.

Training and tutorials for VoiceOver

The LookTell tutorial for iPhone is an app that teaches you how to use VoiceOver. There is also an introduction to VoiceOver on YouTube.

Getting help with VoiceOver

You can visit any Apple store to get help with VoiceOver, or email Apple directly with your questions.

BCAB runs an email discussion forum. The BCAB forum is for discussion about all kinds of technology, so it’s a great place to get help from VoiceOver users in the UK. It's free to join, just create an account.