5 Hidden iPhone Features for People With Vision or Hearing Disabilities

By , Nov 12, 2009

As I was playing around my iPhone settings a couple of days ago, I discovered a few options I had never seen before. I might be a little late and maybe you guys already know about that but I’d like to share these findings with you anyway.

These hidden features are in Settings > General > Accessibility. While they would appear useless to most iPhone users, they are very helpful for people with hearing or vision disabilities. I know for sure I had been in this area of the settings before but for some reason I didn’t notice them all.

Note that these features may be available for iPhone 3GS users only. Also note that when you try to grab a screenshot by of these features in action, it simply doesn’t work, which is why I took these bad pictures…
VoiceOver

VoiceOver is an option to help people with vision problems. When activated, this feature will speak everything you touch on your iPhone screen. For example, if you tap the Clock.app, it will say “Clock”. To launch the app, simply double tap it.

Zoom

The Zoom feature is obviously here to help people with vision problems and allows them to zoom in any area of the screen, in any given app, simply by tapping 3 times with 3 fingers.

White on Black

White on Black in also for people with vision problems and reverts the colors of the screen.

Mono Audio

I’m not sure about what this option does. If you know about it, please let us know in the comments.

Speak Auto-text

This is actually a pretty cool feature. When activated, it will automatically speak auto-corrections when typing text. For example, if you want to type “mother” but you accidentally type “mpther”, this feature will say the word “mother” through the speaker. I think this is pretty handy for everyone.

Do you know any other “hidden features” on the iPhone? If so, please share them with us in the comments.

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  • frag

    For someone who writes for a blog dedicated to iPhone News & Knowledge, you’re very out of the loop. This was a feature built into the iPhone 3GS and was announced a long time ago.

  • Frank

    Whoa, I got stuck for a second on the voice over feature

  • Zay

    The mono audio option is fo people who are deaf in one ear. That way they can hear what both earbuds play in a single earbud. Apple wanted to make sure every one with all disablitities were taken care of. That’s why I’ll be sticking with apple. It’s the little things that count.

  • Bent

    LOL, have you ever heard about screenshots on the iphone? Hold down the sleep/lock key and press the home button. Way more sexy than using your webcam.

  • @Frag – Blogging about the iPhone doesn’t make me the ultimate information resource for iPhone-related stuff. I never pretended to know it all. I’m just here to share my views and experiences.

    @Frank – Tell me about it. I got stuck there for 5 minutes and freaked out for a minute.

    @Zay – Thanks for the clarification 🙂

    @Bent – As I wrote in my article, you cannot take screenshots of these features. Try it and you’ll see. It takes a screenshot but when you go look at it in your images, you’ll realize it didn’t work.

    Sebastien

  • Blapp

    This is not on my 3G so definitely only for 3G[S]

  • Dreadnutz

    Lol you share info then get reamed!
    But yes these features where listed on apples website but under the 3 gs section

  • magma9495

    I wish they had white on black feature for iPod touch D:

  • Is some kind of head mounted display or visor that you could plug into an iphone, ipad etc that might help visually impaired people? Would that sort of thing work?