When VoiceOver is on, standard touchscreen gestures have different effects, and additional gestures let you move around the screen and control individual items. VoiceOver gestures include two-, three-, and four-finger taps and swipes. For best results using multi-finger gestures, relax and let your fingers touch the screen with some space between them.

You can use different techniques to perform VoiceOver gestures. For example, you can perform a two-finger tap using two fingers of one hand, or one finger from each hand. You can even use your thumbs. Many use a split-tap gesture: instead of selecting an item and double-tapping, touch and hold an item with one finger, then tap the screen with another finger.

Try different techniques to discover what works best for you. If a gesture doesn’t work, try a quicker movement, especially for a double-tap or swipe gesture. To swipe, try brushing the screen quickly with your finger or fingers.

In VoiceOver settings, you can enter a special area where you can practice VoiceOver gestures without affecting iPhone or its settings.

  • Practice VoiceOver gestures. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver, then tap VoiceOver Practice. When you finish practicing, tap Done. If you don’t see the VoiceOver Practice button, make sure VoiceOver is turned on.

Here’s a summary of key VoiceOver gestures:

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  • Tap:  Select and speak the item.

  • Swipe right or left:  Select the next or previous item.

  • Swipe up or down:  Depends on the rotor setting. See Use the VoiceOver rotor.

  • Two-finger tap:  Stop speaking the current item.

  • Two-finger swipe up:  Read all from the top of the screen.

  • Two-finger swipe down:  Read all from the current position.

  • Two-finger scrub:  Move two fingers back and forth three times quickly (making a “z”) to dismiss an alert or go back to the previous screen.

  • Three-finger swipe up or down:  Scroll one page at a time.

  • Three-finger swipe right or left:  Go to the next or previous page (on the Home screen or in Stocks, for example).

  • Three-finger tap:  Speak additional information, such as position within a list or whether text is selected.

  • Four-finger tap at top of screen:  Select the first item on the page.

  • Four-finger tap at bottom of screen:  Select the last item on the page.


  • Double-tap:  Activate the selected item.

  • Triple-tap:  Double-tap an item.

  • Split-tap:  As an alternative to selecting an item and double-tapping to activate it, touch an item with one finger, and then tap the screen with another.

  • Double-tap and hold (1 second) + standard gesture:  Use a standard gesture. The double-tap and hold gesture tells iPhone to interpret the next gesture as standard. For example, you can double-tap and hold, and then without lifting your finger, drag your finger to slide a switch.

  • Two-finger double-tap:  Answer or end a call. Play or pause in Music, Videos, Voice Memos, or Photos. Take a photo in Camera. Start or pause recording in Camera or Voice Memos. Start or stop the stopwatch.

  • Two-finger double-tap and hold:  Change an item’s label to make it easier to find.

  • Two-finger triple-tap:  Open the Item Chooser.

  • Three-finger triple-tap:  Mute or unmute VoiceOver.

  • Three-finger quadruple-tap:  Turn the screen curtain on or off.