Change Accessibility settings on Mac
If you have vision, hearing, mobility, or speech difficulties, try out the wide range of Accessibility settings on your Mac.
To change these settings, choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Accessibility in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.)
Turn on or off VoiceOver—the built-in screen reader that describes aloud what appears on your screen—open VoiceOver Utility, or start the VoiceOver tutorial. See VoiceOver settings.
Make content on the screen larger and easier to see by zooming the entire screen or an area of it, or by using Hover Text. If you’re using a second display, set the zoom for it separately. See Zoom settings for accessibility.
Make items on the screen (including the pointer) easier to see, make text bigger, reduce onscreen motion, apply color filters or tints to the screen, and more. See Display settings for accessibility.
Customize the system voice, hear when alerts or apps need your attention, have selected text spoken when you press a designated key, or have items under the pointer or text that you type spoken. See Spoken Content settings.
Hear a description of the visual content in movies, TV programs, and other media, if descriptions are available. See Descriptions settings.
Pair Made for iPhone (MFi) hearing devices to your Mac and adjust their settings. See Hearing Devices settings.
Note: Made for iPhone hearing devices can be paired only with select Mac computers with the M1 chip, and all Mac computers with the M2 or M3 chip. For a list of supported hearing devices and more information about Mac system requirements, see the Apple Support article List of Made for iPhone hearing devices.
Have the screen flash when alerts occur, play stereo audio as mono, have Spatial Audio (if available) follow the movement of your head, set accessibility options for Apple earbuds and earphones paired with your Mac, and play background sounds. See Audio settings.
Note: These settings are shown only when you have set up your iPhone and Mac for Wi-Fi calling and RTT phone calls are enabled on your iPhone. Wi-Fi calling and RTT are not available in all countries or regions, or supported by all carriers.
Control how subtitles are styled, and whether to use closed captions and SDH instead, when they’re available. See Captions settings.
Turn Live Captions on or off, control how captions are styled, and turn them on or off in FaceTime. See Live Captions settings.
Note: Live Captions is currently in beta. Live Captions is available only on Mac computers with Apple silicon, and is not available in all languages, countries, or regions. The accuracy of Live Captions may vary and should not be relied upon in high-risk or emergency situations.
Control your Mac and apps with your voice by speaking standard commands or commands you create. See Voice Control settings.
Use Full Keyboard Access to navigate UI elements on your Mac using the Tab key and other keys; enter modifiers more easily using Sticky Keys, or prevent accidental keystrokes using Slow Keys; or turn on the Accessibility Keyboard as an alternative to a physical keyboard, and use Dwell options to control the pointer with a tracking device. See Keyboard settings for accessibility.
Make your mouse or trackpad easier to use; move the pointer using the keyboard or a numeric keypad; use keyboard keys, assistive switches, or facial expressions to perform certain mouse actions; or move the pointer using head pointer. See Pointer Control settings.
Turn on and set options for Switch Control so you can use adaptive accessories to navigate and interact with your Mac. See Switch Control settings.
Turn on Live Speech to have what you type spoken out loud using synthesized speech, add phrases you use often, and more. See Live Speech settings.
Use Personal Voice to create a synthesized voice that sounds like you, and use it with Live Speech, in apps, and across your devices. See Personal Voice settings.
Note: Personal Voice is available only on Mac computers with Apple silicon, and is not available in all languages. Personal Voice can be used only with Live Speech and with third-party apps that you allow, such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) apps. You can use Personal Voice only to create a voice that sounds like you on device, using your own voice, and for your own personal, noncommercial use.
Type your requests to Siri instead of speaking them. See Siri settings for accessibility.
Select the items to include in the Accessibility Shortcuts panel. See Shortcut settings for accessibility.
Other System Settings, such as Displays, Sound, Keyboard, Trackpad, and Mouse, offer additional options that may help you.