How to turn off the VoiceOver feature on your iPad in 4 different ways

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How to turn off the VoiceOver feature on your iPad in 4 different ways

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  • You can turn off VoiceOver on your iPad through the Settings app.
  • You can also ask Siri to turn it off, or use Accessibility shortcuts linked to your home button or Control Center.
  • VoiceOver is a feature for the iPad that will read out and describe items on the screen to you.
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With the VoiceOver feature on your iPad, you’ll hear descriptions after tapping on an item on the screen — a helpful feature if you can’t see the screen.

To turn off this “VoiceOver” feature, you can change your Accessibility settings in the Settings app on your iPad. You can also turn it off through Siri, or use your home button or Control Center.

If VoiceOver is currently on, for each step, you will have to first tap once to select a button, and then double-tap to use the selected button. When the VoiceOver feature is engaged, your iPad will also outline selections with a black box or border.

Here’s how to turn off VoiceOver.

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How to turn off VoiceOver on an iPad through the Settings app

1. Open your iPad’s Settings app by first tapping the app’s icon to select it, followed by double-tapping it to open it.

2. Select the “General” tab from the left sidebar (again, tapping once to select and then double-tapping to open).

3. There, tap “Accessibility.”

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Your iPad’s General settings offer Accessibility options, including VoiceOver.
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4. Under the “Vision” section, click “VoiceOver.” If this feature is activated, it will say “On” on the right hand side of the screen.

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Your iPad will say if VoiceOver is turned on.
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5. Under VoiceOver, tap or swipe the toggle to switch this feature off. The switch will turn from green to white.

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When turned off, the switch will be white or gray.
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Other ways to turn off VoiceOver on iPad

You can use Siri to turn VoiceOver off by double-tapping your home button and saying “Turn off VoiceOver.”

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Siri will confirm that the VoiceOver feature was turned off.
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You can also triple-tap your home button to turn VoiceOver on and off after you enable Accessibility shortcuts. 

To enable this shortcut: 

1. Open your iPad’s Settings app, navigate back to the General tab, and tap “Accessibility.” 

2. Scrolling to the very bottom of the page, you will find “Accessibility Shortcut,” where you can add VoiceOver. A blue check will appear if the shortcut is activated. 

3. Now, when you triple-tap your iPad’s home button, it will turn VoiceOver on and off. Siri will confirm you were successful by accouncing, “VoiceOver off.”

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You can add VoiceOver to your list of Accessibility shortcuts.
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Finally, you can add Accessibility shortcuts to your Control Center, which you can access by pulling down the top right of your screen on an iPad running iOS 12 or later, or by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on older iPads. 

1. Control Center details are also found in your Settings app, just below “General.” There, tap “Customize Controls” to add Accessibility shortcuts. 

2. Tap the green plus sign to the left of “Accessibility Shortcuts” to add it to your Control Center. 

3. The icon will now appear in your iPad’s Control Center, where you can easily turn the VoiceOver function on and off by tapping it.

Each of these three options serve as alternative ways to turn off VoiceOver on your iPad, in addition to the Settings app.

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