Some of the iPad's accessibility features completely change the way your device operates. Such is the case with the voice commands feature, properly known as VoiceOver, designed to make it possible for blind or visually impaired people to use an iPad. While this feature is active, tapping an app or menu entry speaks its name out loud rather than activating it, requiring a separate gesture to actually open it. The gesture for scrolling also changes. As a result, disabling this feature if you inadvertently enabled it requires a different procedure.
Press the "Home" button to return to the iPad's home screen.
Tap the Settings app once to select it and then double-tap it to open it. If the Settings app is not on the first page of the home screen, scroll through the pages to find it using three fingers to swipe.
Tap the "General" menu option once to select it and then double-tap to open it.
Swipe vertically with three fingers to scroll down until the "Accessibility" option is visible.
Tap the "Accessibility" menu option once to select it and then double-tap to open it.
Tap the "VoiceOver" menu option once to select it and then double-tap to open it.
Tap the "VoiceOver" switch once to select it and then double-tap to switch it to "Off." The VoiceOver feature is now disabled, and you can resume using normal taps and gestures to navigate your iPad.
- Information in this article applies to iPads running iOS 6.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.
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