Control VoiceOver on iPhone with Magic Keyboard
If you pair Magic Keyboard with iPhone, you can use keyboard shortcuts on Magic Keyboard to activate VoiceOver commands.
Additionally, you can use VoiceOver Help to learn the keyboard layout and the actions associated with various key combinations. VoiceOver Help speaks keys and keyboard commands as you type them, without performing the associated action.
Choose the VoiceOver modifier
The modifier is a key or set of keys you press with one or more other keys to enter VoiceOver commands. You can set the modifier to be the Caps Lock key or the Control and Option keys pressed at the same time.
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Modifier Keys.
Choose the modifier for VoiceOver commands: the Caps Lock key or the Control and Option keys.
This modifier is abbreviated as “VO” in the lists below.
VoiceOver keyboard commands
VO = modifier keys
Turn on VoiceOver Help: VO-K
Turn off VoiceOver Help: Esc (Escape)
Select the next or previous item: VO-Right Arrow or VO-Left Arrow
Activate the selected item: VO-Space bar
Touch and hold the selected item: VO-Shift-M
Read from the current position: VO-A
Read from the top: VO-B
Pause or resume reading: Control
Copy the last spoken text to the clipboard: VO-Shift-C
Search for text: VO-F
Mute or unmute VoiceOver: VO-S
Go to the Home screen: VO-H
Move to the status bar: VO-M
Open the notifications screen: Move to the status bar (VO-M), then Option-Up Arrow
Open Control Center: Move to the status bar (VO-M), then Option-Down Arrow
Open Spotlight Search: Option-Up Arrow
Open the App Switcher: VO-H-H
Open the Item Chooser: VO-I
Change the label of the selected item: VO-/
Start, stop, or pause an action: VO-Hyphen
Swipe up or down: VO-Up Arrow or VO-Down Arrow
Adjust the rotor: VO-Command-Left Arrow or VO-Command-Right Arrow
Adjust the setting specified by the rotor: VO-Command-Up Arrow or VO-Command-Down Arrow
Turn the screen curtain on or off: VO-Shift-F11
Return to the previous screen: Esc
Quick Nav using the arrow keys
Turn on Quick Nav to control VoiceOver using the arrow keys.
Turn Quick Nav on or off: Left Arrow-Right Arrow
Select the next or previous item: Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Select the next or previous item specified by the rotor: Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Select the first or last item: Control-Up Arrow or Control-Down Arrow
Tap an item: Up Arrow-Down Arrow
Scroll up, down, left, or right: Option-Up Arrow, Option-Down Arrow, Option-Left Arrow, or Option-Right Arrow
Adjust the rotor: Up Arrow-Left Arrow or Up Arrow-Right Arrow
You can also use the number keys on Magic Keyboard to dial a phone number in Phone or enter numbers in Calculator.
Single-key Quick Nav for web browsing
When you view a webpage with Quick Nav on, you can use the following keys on the keyboard to navigate the page quickly. Typing the key moves to the next item of the indicated type. To move to the previous item, hold the Shift key as you type the letter.
Turn on Single-key Quick Nav: VO-Q
Text field: R
Form control: C
Static text: S
ARIA landmark: W
Item of the same type: M
Level 1 heading: 1
Level 2 heading: 2
Level 3 heading: 3
Level 4 heading: 4
Level 5 heading: 5
Level 6 heading: 6
Use these commands (with Quick Nav turned off) to work with text. VoiceOver reads the text as you move the insertion point.
Go forward or back one character: Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Go forward or back one word: Option-Right Arrow or Option-Left Arrow
Go up or down one line: Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Go to the beginning or end of the line: Command-Left Arrow or Command-Down Arrow
Go to the beginning or end of the paragraph: Option-Up Arrow or Option-Down Arrow
Go to the previous or next paragraph: Option-Up Arrow or Option-Down Arrow
Go to the top or bottom of the text field: Command-Up Arrow or Command-Down Arrow
Select text as you move: Shift + any of the insertion point movement commands above
Select all text: Command-A
Copy, cut, or paste the selected text: Command-C, Command-X, or Command-V
Undo or redo last change: Command-Z or Shift-Command-Z