01 Turn on Voice Control

This guide assumes that you have VoiceOver turned on in Settings, Accessibility, VoiceOver. Also that you have "Hey Siri" enabled under the Siri and Search settings.

Do this initial setup while you are on Wi-Fi. If you have a passcode and don't have Face ID and are going to really rely on Voice Control, and cannot enter a passcode on the screen, you will have to go to Settings, Passcode & Touch ID and turn Passcode off (as you cannot enter a passcode with Voice Control). Also go to Settings, Accessibility, Touch and make sure Tap to Wake is turned on, so that when the iPhone screen locks (you can say "Lock screen" to make this happen), you can simply tap the screen to wake it and then say "Go Home" in order to go to your Home Screen of apps. With Face ID, tap the locked screen, it wakes and recognises your face and then you say "Go Home".

Go to Settings, Accessibility, double tap on Voice Control. On the next screen, go down and turn OFF: Show command Confirmation.
Turn ON: Play Sound.
Overlay should be set to None.

Now go back to the top of this page, double tap to turn Voice Control on and leave your iPhone for about 20 minutes to download the necessary software.

While you are using voice control always have your AirPods or headphones (wired or Bluetooth) connected! If using the wired EarPods which came with your iPhone, I'd suggest putting into your ear only the right one (with the volume control a few inches down).

Use a firm, commanding, rather abrupt voice to give your commands.
To turn Voice control off, say Turn Off Voice Control and when the alert comes up, say Tap Confirm.
To turn voice control back on again, just say "Hey, Siri - Turn on voice control!"

Navigating with Voice Control

Instead of saying "Swipe right", Say "VoiceOver select next item."
Instead of saying "swipe left," say VoiceOver select previous item.
You can also say "VoiceOver select first item,." or "VoiceOver select last item."

After saying VoiceOver select next or previous item, you can say "Repeat 3 times" in order to move on a bit faster! (You are not limited to 3 times, that is just an example.)

When you land on the item in the list you want, instead of saying to double tap say "VoiceOver Activate."

When you've heard enough, say VoiceOver Stop Speaking.

If you want to hear what is on the screen, say VoiceOver Read All.

Say VoiceOver magic tap to start or stop playing audio or dictation.

Say "Open app switcher" and then say "Swipe up" to close the app in focus. When you've finished, say "Go home".

Other commands:
VoiceOver select status bar.
VoiceOver item chooser.
VoiceOver select next/previous rotor.
VoiceOver select next/previous rotor option.
And if your phone struggles a lot to respond, say "Reboot device" and then give the command "Tap Restart".

If you do decide to use this feature a lot, it requires a lot of processing power so it might be a good idea to get a battery case for your iPhone, or keep it plugged into the AC adapter.

02 Use Contacts to email

Say Open Contacts - if you don't hear "Groups, button", you are in an open contact card, so say "Go back" in order to be in your list of contacts.
Say Tap Search.
Say Dictation Mode.
Say name of person.
Say Command Mode.
Say double tap (name of person) - and the Contact card for that person should appear. - if it does not work, keep saying VoiceOver select next item until you land on the name. Say VoiceOver activate.
Say Tap Mail and the email address will be highlighted. Say VoiceOver Activate to choose that email address.

When you land in the email, you are in the Subject field so do the Dictation mode command, dictate, then say Command mode, say Tap message body, say Dictation mode and dictate your email. And when finished, say Command mode, then say Tap Send.
To check what you have written, say Command mode then say VoiceOver read all.
When you've heard enough, say VoiceOver stop speaking.
Then Say Tap Send
Then say Go Back and then say Go Home to return to the Home Screen of apps.

03 Use Contacts to call someone

Say Open Contacts - if you don't hear "Groups, button", you are in an open contact card, so say "Go back" in order to be in your list of contacts.
Say Tap Search.
Say Dictation Mode.
Say name of person.
Say Command Mode.
Say double tap (name of person) - and the Contact card for that person should appear.
If it does not work, keep saying VoiceOver select next item until you land on the name. Say VoiceOver activate.
Say Tap Call and the number will be highlighted. If you want a different number, say VoiceOver select next item until you land on the number you want. You need to say VoiceOver Activate when you want to choose something.

You cannot end a phone call by using voice control: you have to physically double tap with two fingers anywhere on the screen unless the person at the other end hangs up.

Then say Go Back and then say Go Home to return to the Home Screen of apps.

04 Use Contacts to send a message

Say Open Contacts - if you don't hear "Groups, button", you are in an open contact card, so say "Go back" in order to be in your list of contacts.
Say Tap Search.
Say Dictation Mode.
Say name of person.
Say Command Mode.
Say double tap (name of person) - and the Contact card for that person appears.
If. it does not work, keep saying VoiceOver select next item until you land on the name. Say VoiceOver activate.

Say Tap Message or Tap Mail or Tap Call and the detail will be highlighted.
You need to say VoiceOver Activate when you need to choose something.

If in an email, you are in the Subject field so do the Dictation mode command, dictate, then say Command mode, say Tap message body, say Dictation mode and when finished, say Command mode, then say Tap Send.

OR to send them a text message, Say Tap Message, say Dictation Mode, speak your message, When finished, Say Command Mode.
To check what you have written, say VoiceOver read all.

When you've heard enough, say VoiceOver stop speaking.

Then Say Tap Send.

Then say Go Back and then say Go Home to return to the Home Screen of apps.

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Last updated: May 31, 2022