How to use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple Watch in watchOS 7

The Accessibility Shortcut on Apple Watch allows you to quickly activate accessibility features designed to help you use your watch with greater comfort according to your needs. It enables quick access to three options VoiceOverZoom, or Touch Accommodations. Whether you want to learn how to set up these features or use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple Watch, this guide can help.

Let’s dive right in!

How to set the Accessibility Shortcut on your Apple Watch and iPhone

On Apple Watch

  • Open the Settings app and go to AccessibilityAccessibility Shortcut.
  • Here, you can tap whichever option you want to enable – choose from the below:
    • VoiceOver: listen to what’s happening on your Apple Watch screen with the help of the built-in screen reader.
    • Zoom: magnify things on your watch for better visibility.
    • Touch Accommodations: change how your watch screen responds to taps, swipes, and other gestures.
Set the Accessibility Shortcut on your Apple Watch

From the Watch app on your iPhone

  1. In the My Watch tab, tap AccessibilityAccessibility Shortcut.
  2. Select from VoiceOverZoom, or Touch Accommodations.Set Accessibility Shortcut from Watch app on your iPhone

How to use the Accessibility Shortcut on your Apple Watch

Once you have enabled the Accessibility Shortcut on your watch, you can trigger it by pressing the Digital Crown three times in quick succession.

When you activate VoiceOver, the inbuilt screen reader on your watch will speak out loud to tell you what’s happening on the screen. For instance, if you place your finger over an app, it will say the app’s name.

When you activate Zoom, you will be able to zoom in on information on your watch for a better view. To zoom in, double-tap with two fingers. Repeat to zoom out again.

When you activate Touch Accommodations, it changes how your device screen responds to taps, swipes, and other gestures. You can customize this according to your specific needs, and you should configure your preferences beforehand, as explained below.

  1. Go to SettingsAccessibilityTouch Accommodations.
  2. Toggle on Touch Accommodations.Toggle on Touch Accommodations on your Apple watch
  3. Then scroll down to configure the different options.
    Hold Duration determines how long you press the screen before your touch is recognized.
    Ignore Repeat will make multiple taps read as a single tap.Hold Duration and Ignore Repeat options in Touch Accommodations
    Tap Assistance is for when you accidentally perform swipe gestures. It determines whether your initial or final touch location is read as your intended tap location.Tap Assistance option in Touch Accommodations on Apple watch

After you have configured these, Touch Accommodations will turn on when you activate and use the Accessibility Shortcut by triple pressing the Digital Crown.

To deactivate the Accessibility Shortcut, just triple-press the Digital Crown once again.

To completely turn off the Accessibility Shortcut, go back to SettingsAccessibilityAccessibility Shortcut and untick the option.

Have you used Accessibility Shortcut on your Apple Watch? 

It’s pretty nifty to use the Accessibility Shortcut on Apple Watch for visual and audio aids. It makes it easier to use your watch. You can also use it on your iPhone and iPad.

Did you find this guide helpful, or do you have any further questions? Let me know in the comments below.

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