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VoiceOver Quick Settings: 2-finger quadruple tap

Be a tech power user! Use the two finger quadruple tap to efficiently change VoiceOver settings.

Want to change a VoiceOver setting on the fly? From any screen, use the two fingers quadruple tap gesture to bring up the VoiceOver Quick Settings menu. Options include auto ducking, braille input and output, typing style, phonetic feedback, speaking rate, punctuation, volume and more. Options are listed in alphabetical order. Once the focus is on the desired option, you can quickly toggle that item on/off or adjust the value of that option.

To close the VoiceOver Quick Settings menu, move the focus to the Done button in the top right corner and double tap.

Screenshot of VoiceOver Quick Settings on an iPhone with a list of items that can be adjusted.

Why is the VoiceOver Quick Settings menu beneficial?

Going into the Settings app to make changes is a multi-step process. Exit the app you are currently in, open the Settings app, know which category the desired option is located under, navigate to that option and finally, toggle the option on/off or adjust the value of that option. The VoiceOver Quick Settings menu is so much more efficient and it does not require leaving the current app!

Tech power users know and use all the iOS tricks, like the two finger quadruple tap gesture. For example, if a student is proofreading his/her document, use the two finger quadruple tap to pull up the VoiceOver Quick Settings menu, swipe down to the Punctuation option, then select All to hear all the punctuation symbols announced within the document. Finished with the proofreading? Two finger quadruple tap to open the menu again.

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