September 27

How to Set Up a Phone for a Blind Person

How to Set Up a Phone for a Blind Person – Mac iProducts

Use accessibility options to set up a new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The iProducts with iOS 13 make have built-in accessibility options that may be turned on right from the start.

When you turn on a new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 13, the first step in the setup process is to choose  language and country. If needed, you may turn on VoiceOver or Zoom to help you with this:

  • To enable VoiceOver during setup, press the Side button (iPhone X and later, iPad Pro models from 2018) or the Home button (earlier models) three times, then wait for the announcement that VoiceOver is on.
  • To enable Zoom, tap the screen two times with three fingers.

After you choose language/country, you can turn on more accessibility features to help you set up the device: 

  1. Tap the accessibility button on the Quick Start screen. 
  2. Tap an accessibility option to read a description of the feature and to turn the feature on. Tap Back to return to the list of options.
  3. Tap Done to return to the setup process.

Accessibility options available during setup

These options are available to help you navigate the setup process.


  • VoiceOver speaks items on the screen.
  • Zoom magnifies the entire screen.
  • Display & Text Size gives the user control of text size, transparency, contrast, and more.
  • Motion helps to reduce the motion of the user interface and turn off auto-play for message effects and video previews.
  • Spoken Content shows a Speak button when one selects text.  The device may be set up to speak the content of the screen.

Physical and Motor

  • Touch gives the user access to AssistiveTouch and other touch accommodations.
  • Switch Control highlights items on the screen that one can activate through an adaptive accessory.
  • Keyboard allows for customized typing experience, with  use of an external keyboard.

After the device is set up and activated, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility to see all the ways the iPhone can be customized for your individual needs.


Tech Owl – Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

Apple Product Support – Accessibility


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