How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone and iPad

Along with “Continuity,” “Accessibility” has long been my favorite feature in iOS. From boosting viewing experience to offering an option to snap a screenshot with just a tap, it’s got plenty of goodies to stake its claim of being the most appreciable feature. To take advantage of its functionality, I prefer to enable Accessibility shortcut that makes it incredibly simple to use several Accessibility suits like Color Filters, AssistiveTouch on the iPhone.

You can access up to nine Accessibility features like Reduce White Point, VoiceOver, Zoom and more through the shortcuts. Even better, the latest iOS versions let you add the Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center. So, if you don’t want to mess with the physical button or enjoy using gesture the most, you would like to get it done for more flexibility. Let’s set it up!

How to Enable and Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 12/11

Based on your requirements, you can select the features you want to access using Accessibility Shortcut. For instance, if you use Switch Control, Classic Invert Colors, you have the option to include only these two features.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility on iPhoneStep #2. Scroll down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut.

Tap on Accessibility Shortcut in iOS 11-on iPhone Settings

Step #3. Next, you have several options. Select the option you want to add to Accessibility Shortcut.

Following are the nine options you can select to quickly access through the shortcut:

  • AssistiveTouch: It’s an enormously user-friendly feature that lets you carry out several functionalities more conveniently without needing to use the physical button
  • Classic Invert Colors: It lets you reverse the colors of the display
  • Smart Invert: You can use it to reverse the colors of the display except for videos and images. It’s great for watching movies in the dark environments
  • Color filters: It allows you to differentiate colors to be able to read the text more comfortably
  • Reduce White Point: It lowers the brightness of colors and white on the screen
  • Switch Control: It enables you to control ability switches or other adaptive accessories for enhanced mobility
  • VoiceOver: It allows you to make your device speak the on-screen content
  • Zoom: Lets you make the content on the screen appear bigger for comfortable viewing
  • Magnifier: Lets you use your device camera to magnify things

Select Accessibility Shortcuts on iPhone in iOS 11

Side note: You can choose to rearrange how these features appear in the Accessibility Shortcut menu. To do so, touch and hold the tiny horizontal lines and drag it at the desired location.

Rearrange Accessibility Shortcuts in iOS 11 on iPhone

Going forward, you can just triple-click the Side button your iPhone X or the Xs, Xs Max and XR to access the Accessibility suits.

On your older iPhones and iPad, you need to triple-click the Home button.

Use Accessibility Shortcuts on iPhone

Though side or home button works pretty well in bringing all of your favorite Accessibility features at your disposal quickly, you would like to add the shortcut to the Control Center for more flexibility. Times when you don’t find the physical button responsive enough, it can come in handy. Keep reading…

How to Add Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center in iOS 12/11

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on Control Center.

Tap on Settings then Control Center on iPhone in iOS 11

Step #2. Tap on Customize Controls.

Tap on Customize Controls in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Find out Accessibility Shortcut under More Controls and then tap on the “+” button which is to its left.

Add Accessibility Shortcuts to iPhone Control Center in iOS 11

You have successfully added it to Control Center. From now onwards, you can swipe down from the top right corner on your iPhone X series and the iPad running iOS 12 → touch and hold the Accessibility Shortcut button and then select the feature you want to use.

Note: On your iPhone 8 Plus or earlier iPhone, you need to swipe up to bring up the Control Center.

Use Accessibility Shortcuts from iOS 11 Control Center on iPhone

That’s all folks!

Your take?

I have been a great fan of Accessibility as it’s a highly user-friendly feature. Though it’s primed for the differently-abled people, anyone can take advantage of the functionalities to boost the experience.

Some of the Accessibility suits that have been using for a while are AssistiveTouch and Smart Invert. While the former works efficiently as a virtual Home button, the latter ensures you have an enhanced viewing experience.

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How to Use Accessibility Shortcut in iOS 12 or iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


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