How to turn off VoiceOver

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How to turn off VoiceOver on Mac

If you have one Mac is you want turn off VoiceOver, you will be pleased to know that the procedure is quick and easy. To succeed in your intent, you have several solutions available: you can close the panel Caption VoiceOver, act from System Preference on your Mac, use voice commands with Crab or, more simply, use the keyboard by pressing a combination of keys.

Among the solutions I just listed for you, the easiest way to make VoiceOver inactive on Mac is to close the Caption panel, which shows all the actions performed which, usually, with VoiceOver active, is visible at the bottom of the computer screen.

All you have to do then is click on the button X related to the Caption panel and, by doing so, you will see the message VoiceOver not active. The Caption panel will then close and VoiceOver will be disabled.

If you previously turned off the Caption panel from the section Utility VoiceOver and the latter is not visible on the screen, you should know that you can disable the Apple screen reader also by pressing the keys at the same time cmd+f5 on the keyboard.

Alternatively, you can also call up the Accessibility options pressing the keys alt + cmd + f5 and remove the check mark next to the option VoiceOver. If you have second thoughts, the same key combinations will also be useful for re-enabling VoiceOver.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to proceed from your Mac's settings, click on the icon rotella d'ingranaggio present in the Dock bar to access the System Preference, choose the item Accessibilità (the icon oflittle man on a blue background) and, in section Vista present in the sidebar on the left, click on the option VoiceOver. In the new screen that appears, uncheck the option Enable VoiceOver And that's it.

Finally, it will be useful to know that you can disable VoiceOver on Mac also through voice commands, as long as you have activated Siri. If so, invoke Apple's voice assistant by saying “Hey Siri"(Function valid only in MacBook Pro models produced from 2018 onwards) or by pressing the appropriate icon in the menu bar (top right) and pronouncing"Turn off VoiceOver". Simple, right?

How to turn off VoiceOver on iPhone

All you need to do to turn off VoiceOver on iPhone is to access your phone's accessibility settings and disable the Apple screen reader toggle.

To proceed, then tap on the icon of rotella d'ingranaggio present on the home screen, to access the Settings of iOS, then choose the option Generali and, in the new screen displayed, press on the item Accessibilità. Now, in the section Vista, fai tap sull'opzione VoiceOver, move the lever next to the item VoiceOver da ON a OFF And that's it.

Alternatively, if you've activated Siri on your iPhone, you can also turn off VoiceOver using voice commands. Then call up the voice assistant by saying the command "Hey Siri”Or by pressing and holding the right side button of the device (on iPhone 8 or earlier models, press and hold the key Home) and pronounces "Turn off VoiceOver”To deactivate the screen reading function.

It will be useful to know that if you have activated the use of VoiceOver through the right side button or Home button (on iPhone 8 or earlier models), you can also activate / deactivate the screen reading function by pressing the key in question three times.

How to turn off VoiceOver on Apple Watch

Also Apple Watch has the VoiceOver function, which allows you to better use the device, even by those with vision problems. If you have activated it by mistake and now want to deactivate it, all you have to do is access the settings of your smartwatch and act from there or, alternatively, use the application Watch your iPhone.

In the first case, press on Digital Crown (the side wheel of your Apple Watch) to access the menu of applications installed on the watch and access the Settings of watchOS, by pressing the icon of the rotella d'ingranaggio. Dopodiché selects the voice Generali and access the section Accessibilità. Then click on the option VoiceOver and move the toggle next to the option VoiceOver da ON a OFF to deactivate the screen reader function.

If you prefer to proceed using your iPhone, launch the app Apple Watch, make sure you have selected the option Apple Watch in the bottom menu and tap on the item Generali. Now, choose the option Accessibilità, tap on the item VoiceOver and, in the new screen displayed, move the lever relative to the function VoiceOver da ON a OFF.

How to turn off VoiceOver on Apple TV

VoiceOver it is also available on Apple TV 4K, 4th generation Apple TV and 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV with software 4.2 or later. If you have activated the screen reading function and now would like to retrace your steps, you can do so via the device settings.

Then take the remote control of your Apple TV, go to the menu Settings by pressing on the icon rotella d'ingranaggio, scegli l'opzione Generali and access the sections AccessibilitàVoiceOver. In the new screen that appears, go to the item VoiceOver and press the key confirmation on the remote control to disable screen reading.

How to turn off VoiceOver on Android

If you are wondering how to turn off VoiceOver on Android, you should know that the screen reader in question is developed by Apple and is available exclusively on the devices of the "bitten apple".

If, therefore, you have an Android device and you have activated the screen reader function, then most likely your intention is to disable it TalkBack. If so, go to Settings of Android by tapping on the icon rotella d'ingranaggio, choose your options Smart assistance e Accessibilità and press on the item TalkBack.

In the new screen that appears, move the toggle next to the item TalkBack da ON a OFF And that's it. For the detailed walkthrough, you can check out my guide on how to disable TalkBack.

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