Operate iPad using VoiceOver gestures
When VoiceOver is on, you need to use special gestures to unlock iPad, go to the Home screen, open Control Center, switch apps, and more.
Models with Face ID: Wake iPad and glance at it, then drag up from the bottom edge of the screen until you hear two rising tones.
Models with Touch ID: Press the Home button.
Other models: Press the Home button, then enter your passcode.
To avoid having your passcode spoken as you enter it, enter your passcode silently using handwriting mode or type onscreen braille.
Go to the Home screen
Drag one finger up from the bottom edge of the screen until you hear two rising tones, then lift your finger.
Press the Home button (models with the Home button).
Use the dock
Slide one finger up from the bottom edge until you hear two rising tones, then swipe down.
Switch to another app
Swipe right or left with five fingers to cycle through the open apps. (Make sure Gestures is turned on in Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock.)
Alternatively, you can use the App Switcher:
Open the App Switcher using one of the following methods:
Drag one finger up from the bottom edge of the screen until you hear three tones, then lift your finger.
Double-click the Home button (models with the Home button).
To browse the open apps, swipe left or right until the app you want is selected.
Double-tap to open the app.
Open Control Center
Drag one finger down from the top edge of the screen until you hear two rising tones.
Tap any item in the status bar, then swipe up with three fingers.
To dismiss Control Center, do a two-finger scrub.
Drag one finger down from the top edge of the screen until you hear three rising tones.
Tap any item in the status bar, then swipe down with three fingers.
To dismiss the notifications screen, do a two-finger scrub.
Speak status bar information
Tap the status bar at the top of the screen.
Swipe left or right to hear the time, battery state, Wi-Fi signal strength, and more.
Rearrange apps on your Home screen
Use one of the following methods:
Drag and drop: Tap an icon on the Home screen, then double-tap and hold your finger on the screen until you hear three rising tones. The item’s relative location is described as you drag. Lift your finger when the icon is in its new location. Drag an icon to the edge of the screen to move it to another Home screen.
Move actions: Tap an app, then swipe down to hear available actions. When you hear “Edit Mode,” double-tap to start arranging apps. Find the app you want to move, then swipe down to the Move action and double-tap. Move the VoiceOver cursor to the new destination for the app, then choose from the available actions: Cancel Move, Create New Folder, Add to Folder, Move Before, or Move After.
When you’re finished, tap Done, then double-tap.
Search from the Home screen
Tap anywhere on the Home screen outside the status bar.
Swipe down with three fingers.