Use accessibility options to set up a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

It's easy for everyone to set up a new device with accessibility options that you can turn on right from the start.

When you turn on a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the first step in the setup process is choosing your language and your country or region. If you're blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom to help you with this:

  • To enable VoiceOver during setup: If your device doesn't have a Home button, it has either a side or top button. Press that button three times. If your device has a Home button, press it three times.  Then wait for the announcement that VoiceOver is on.

  • To enable Zoom, tap the screen two times with three fingers.

After you've chosen your language and country or region, you can turn on more accessibility features to help you set up your device: 

  1. Tap the accessibility buttonNo alt supplied for Image on the Quick Start screen.

  2. Tap an accessibility option to read a description of the feature and to turn the feature on. Tap Back to return to the list of options.

  3. Tap Done to return to the setup process.

Accessibility options available during the setup process

These options are available to help you navigate the setup process.


  • VoiceOver speaks items on the screen.

  • Zoom magnifies the entire screen.

  • Display & Text Size gives you control over text size, transparency, contrast and more.

  • Motion helps you reduce the motion of the user interface and turn off auto-play for message effects and video previews.

  • Spoken Content shows a Speak button when you select text. You can also have your device speak the content of the screen.

Physical and motor

  • Touch gives you access to AssistiveTouch and other touch accommodations.

  • Switch Control highlights items on the screen that you can activate through an adaptive accessory.

  • Keyboard lets you customise the typing experience when you use an external keyboard.

After your device has been set up and activated, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility to see all of the ways you can customise your iPhone for your individual needs.

Learn more

Find out more about using the accessibility features that are built in to Apple devices.

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