Trapped In VoiceOver Limbo

Earlier this week I got a call from a client who had managed to paint himself into a rather interesting corner. It seems that somehow he had managed to activate the VoiceOver function on his iPhone, and could not get it to turn off. For those you who are unfamiliar with VoiceOver, it is one of a number of accessibility applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.These applications change the operating system in ways that help users with disabilities to be able to interact with the device easier. However, if you have not been trained in their use, they can effectively make your device unusable. In the case of my client, VoiceOver changed the normal scrolling from one finger, to a three finger gesture and changed the normal single tap to activate an item into a double tap.

Turning VoiceOver Off

1.  Double-tap the Settings icon on your homepage.
2.  Use three fingers to scroll down to the General menu, and double-click on it.  Click for image.
3.  Use three fingers to scroll down to the Accessibility menu, and double-click on it.  Click for image.
4.  Double-tap on the VoiceOver menu item.  Click for image.
5.  Turn VoiceOver off

At this point your phone should be back to normal.

About Chris Barczys

Chris has spent over 20 years integrating Apple technologies into the business and personal lives of those around him. From humble beginnings as a fry cook at McDonalds he has held positions ranging from sales to CIO. At age 18 he opened his first consulting firm, Computec Consulting. After seven years in consultancy, he accepted an offer to become CIO for Pacific Turbine Support, a position he held for over 10 years. With the closing of Pacific Turbine Support, he decided to return to his consultancy roots and is currently “The Head Genius” of Personal Mac Geniuses. He is also proud to be serving as a board member of the Oceanside Mac User Group.