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How to Set Up and Use VoiceOver on Apple Watch

Throughout these days at iPadizate we are making a compilation of different tutorials to teach you how to set up and use the Apple Watch so that you know everything you need to know when you arrive in our country. This time we’re going to teach you how to set up and use VoiceOver on the Watch , a very useful feature especially for people with impaired vision.

In another of our tutorials, we taught you how to add the Activity application to the faces of the Apple Watch. As you know, you can put different things around the watch face. But today we are going to focus on VoiceOver, how it is configured and how this feature is used in the Apple Watch.

How to Set Up and Use VoiceOver on Apple Watch
How to Set Up and Use VoiceOver on Apple Watch

VoiceOver is one of the accessibility features that Apple includes in its operating system to make it easier for visually impaired users to use their devices. It is present in iOS and of course they decided to include it in Watch OS as well.

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Enable VoiceOver on the Apple Watch

VoiceOver will literally speak to you through the Apple Watch interface, making the watch accessible to those with vision problems . This feature tells you the name of icons and applications, buttons and sliders, in short, everything you need to identify in order to interact with your Apple Watch.

The first thing you need to do is to enable VoiceOver in the Watch . To do this, open the Settings application in the Watch, go to General – Accessibility – VoiceOver and there activate the VoiceOver function. If you want to deactivate it, just change the tab to Off.

Enabling VoiceOver from the iPhone with the Apple Watch app

If you prefer to activate VoiceOver using the iPhone clock application, you can do so as well. The procedure is very simple, you just have to open the Apple Watch app, go to the My Watch tab and once there click on General .

The next thing you have to do is go to Accessibility and select the option VoiceOver , where you will only have to activate the function. Ready! VoiceOver is now operational on your Apple Watch.

Setting up VoiceOver for the Watch from the iPhone

Once you’ve activated VoiceOver, all that’s left to do is set it up. In the Apple Watch application for the iPhone go to My Watch – General – Accessibility – VoiceOver , where you can choose the speed at which you speak or the volume .

Also you can activate hints (Speak Hints) if you want explanations aloud about how to use the interface elements . On the other hand, if you activate the Screen Curtain feature, the Watch screen will be turned off when you are using VoiceOver, and activate Speak on Wrist Raise if you want VoiceOver to automatically tell you which interface element is on the screen when the Watch is activated.

Using VoiceOver in Apple Watch

Touch the screen and move your finger around to have VoiceOver tell you which icons, buttons, and other interface elements are present . To select an item, simply touch it, and if you slide left or right, you can move to the next item in the interface in that direction.

If you want to activate an item with VoiceOver, you must double-tap it. Slide two fingers to open the notification center, Views, or to scroll to the page on the right or left.

To pause VoiceOver on the Apple Watch you have to double-tap with two fingers and again to restart it. Alternatively, if you double-tap with two fingers and hold and slide your fingers left or right, you can adjust the volume on the fly.

Finally, if you trace a “Z” shape on the screen to stop the last navigation action and return to where you were before.

We got to know this interesting tutorial thanks to the guys at iMore. Thanks to it now you know how to enable, configure and use VoiceOver in the Apple Watch , something that as you see, is quite simple.