VoiceOver describes aloud what appears onscreen, so that you can use iPhone without seeing it.

VoiceOver tells you about each item you select. The VoiceOver cursor (a rectangle) encloses the item and VoiceOver speaks its name or describes it.

Touch the screen or drag your finger over it to hear the items on the screen. When you select text, VoiceOver reads the text. If you turn on Speak Hints, VoiceOver may tell you the name of the item and provide instructions—for example, “double-tap to open.” To interact with items, such as buttons and links, use the gestures described in Learn VoiceOver gestures.

When you go to a new screen, VoiceOver plays a sound, then selects and speaks the first item on the screen (typically, the item in the upper-left corner). VoiceOver also lets you know when the display changes to landscape or portrait orientation, and when the screen becomes locked or unlocked.

Note: VoiceOver speaks in the language specified in International settings, which may be influenced by the Region Format setting in Settings > General > International. VoiceOver is available in many languages, but not all.