My iPhone Is Stuck on Visually Impaired Mode

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My iPhone Is Stuck on Visually Impaired Mode
You can reset your iPhone if it is set to use VoiceOver. (Daniel Barry/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

When you tap an icon on the home screen of your iPhone, if the icon remains highlighted instead of launching the app or activating a feature, and you hear the iPhone tell you what you just touched, it means the device's VoiceOver feature has been activated. VoiceOver helps people with visual impairment use the iPhone. You have two options to disable VoiceOver, depending on how it is configured.

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The iPhone, a cellphone made by Apple, has a 3.5-inch multi-touch display, which when set to the default mode, you interact with by touching and tapping icons once. You drag and swipe a finger across the screen to scroll through pages. If you have difficulty seeing, you can access the VoiceOver feature, which helps you navigate the iPhone's controls.

Activating VoiceOver

Press the "Home" button, located below the device's display. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen, and then tap "General." Tap "Accessibility." The Accessibility screen appears, with the "VoiceOver" option located at the top. Tap the "Voiceover" option to "On" to enable it. The iPhone will say, "VoiceOver activated," confirming that you activated the feature, and it will now provide audio feedback, telling you what icons you touch.

Using VoiceOver

Touch an item, such as an icon, a folder or a website shortcut on the home screen to select it when VoiceOver is activated. Instead of launching the app, opening the folder or opening the website that the shortcut points to, VoiceOver will announce what you touched. Double-tap the selected item to activate it. Press three fingers together and use them to drag the screen when you want to scroll, compared with using one finger when you scroll with VoiceOver not activated.

Disabling VoiceOver

Press the "Home" button. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen once to select it. Double-tap the "Settings" icon. Tap "General" once to select it, and then double-tap "General." Tap "Accessibility" once to select it, and then double-tap "Accessibility." Tap VoiceOver's option to "Off" to select it, and then double-tap "Off" to disable VoiceOver. Tap the "Triple-Click Home" option to "On" if you want to be able to turn VoiceOver on and off by triple-pressing the "Home" button.

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