Common braille commands for VoiceOver on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

When using a braille display with VoiceOver on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, your braille display may support the following commands to help with navigation.

To ensure that your braille display is using the correct table, make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.

Navigation

VoiceOver action Display key
Move to previous item Dot 1 + Space bar
Move to next item Dot 4 + Space bar
Go to first element Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Space bar
Go to last element Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Item chooser Dot 2 + Dot 4 + Space Bar
Go to Status bar Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Space bar
Go to Notification Center Dot 4 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Go to Control Center Dot 2 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Escape current context Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Space bar
Move to Left Split View App (iPad only) Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Space bar 
Move to Right Split View App (iPad only) Dot 2 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Move to previous container (iPad only) Dot 1 + Dot 7 + Space bar
Move to next container (iPad only) Dot 4 + Dot 7 + Space bar

Scrolling

VoiceOver action Display key
Scroll left one page Dot 2 + Dot 4 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Scroll right one page Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Scroll up one page Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Scroll down one page Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Speak page number or rows being displayed Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Space bar

Rotor

VoiceOver action Display key
Move to previous item using rotor setting Dot 3 + Space bar
Move to next item using rotor setting Dot 6 + Space bar
Select previous rotor setting Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Space bar
Select next rotor setting Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar

Interaction

VoiceOver action Display key
Perform simple tap Dot 3 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Activates the Home button Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Activates the Volume Up button Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Activates the Volume Down button Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Activates the Eject key Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 6 + Space bar
3D Touch on selected item Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar

Reading

VoiceOver action Display key
Read page starting at selected item Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Read page starting at the top Dot 2 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar

Editing

VoiceOver action Display key
Select all Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Select left Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Select right Dot 2 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Tab Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Shift Tab Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Cut Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Copy Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Space bar
Paste Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Activates the Delete key Space bar or Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Activates the Return key Space bar or Dot 1 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Undo Typing Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Redo Typing Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Text search Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 4 + Space bar
Output text style Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Start dictation when in text field Dot 1 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar

Control

VoiceOver action Display key
Toggle Screen Curtain on and off Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Pause or continue speech Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Space bar
Toggle speech on or off Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Space bar
App Switcher Dot 1 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Help Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Space bar
Change an item's label Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Toggle QuickNav Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Space bar
Play/Pause Music Dot 1 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space bar

Braille

VoiceOver action Dislay key
Pan braille to the left Dot 2 + Space bar
Pan braille to the right Dot 5 + Space bar
Toggle announcement history Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Translate Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Next output mode Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar
Next input mode Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 6 + Space bar
Switch between contracted and uncontracted braille Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Space bar

Input and output mode correspond to 6-dot, 6-dot contracted, and 8-dot braille models.

8-dot

VoiceOver action Display key
Previous container Dot 1 + Dot 7 + Space bar
Next container Dot 4 + Dot 7 + Space bar
Delete Dot 7 + Space bar
Return Dot 8 + Space bar
Toggle mute Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 7 + Space bar
Start help Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 7 + Space bar
Scroll up page Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Dot 8 + Space bar
Scroll down page Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Dot 8 + Space bar
Simulated long press Dot 3 + Dot 6 + Dot 7 + Dot 8 + Space bar
Single letter quick nav Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 7 + Space bar

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