Your Apple Watch has visual accessibility features that can help you out if your sight's impaired.

For those with visual, hearing, or motor impairments, Apple has included some visual accessibility features to the Apple Watch so that you can use your in tandem with your iPhone and have the same accessible experience across devices.

Here's how to enable and use those features.

How to enable VoiceOver on the Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Apple Watch Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

  4. Tap on VoiceOver.
  5. Toggle VoiceOver to ON.

To disable VoiceOver, repeat the same steps and toggle VoiceOver to OFF.

How to enable VoiceOver using the Watch app for iPhone

  1. Launch the Watch app from your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

    Launch the Watch app, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap on VoiceOver.
  5. Toggle VoiceOver to ON.

    Tap VoiceOver, tap the switch to enable it

How to customize VoiceOver using the Watch app for iPhone

  1. Adjust the Speaking Rate slider towards the turtle icon to make VoiceOver speak slower, towards the rabbit icon to make it speak faster.
  2. Adjust the Volume slider towards the left to make VoiceOver quieter, towards the right to make it louder.
  3. Toggle Speak Hints to ON if you you'd like voice explanations on how to use interface elements (e.g. "Double tap to open!").

    Drag the Speaking Rate slider, drag the volume slider

  4. Toggle Screen Curtain to ON if you'd like the screen turned off while you're using VoiceOver to prevent others from snooping on what you're doing.
  5. Toggle Speak on Wrist Raise to ON if you'd like VoiceOver to automatically announce which interface element you're on when the watch "wakes up".

    Tap the switches to enable the features

How to enable and customize Taptic Time using the Watch app for iPhone

  1. Launch the Watch app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Accessibility.
  5. Tap VoiceOver.

    Tap General, tap Accessibility, tap VoiceOver

  6. Tap Taptic Time.
  7. Tap the switch to enable it.
  8. Tap a style: Digits, Terse, or Morse Code.

    Tap Taptic Time, tap the switch to enable it, tap a style

How to control VoiceOver on your Apple Watch

  1. Touch the screen and move your finger around to have VoiceOver read out which icons, buttons, and other interface elements are available.
  2. Tap an element to select it.
  3. Swipe left or right to switch to the next interface element in that direction.
  4. Double tap an element to activate it.
  5. Swipe with two fingers to pull down notification center, glances, or to page left or right.
  6. Double tap with two fingers to pause VoiceOver, again to restart.
  7. Double tap and hold with two fingers, then slide left or right to adjust volume on-the-fly.
  8. Trace a "Z" shape on the screen to under the last navigation action and go back to where you were.

Other controls may be available in specific apps. Turn on Speak Hints for audio prompts.

How to enable grayscale

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app from your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Toggle Grayscale to ON.

    Tap General, tap Accessibility, tap the switch next to Grayscale

To return to full color, repeat the same steps but toggle Grayscale to OFF.

How to turn on bold text

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app from your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch the Watch app, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Toggle Bold Text to ON.
  5. Tap Continue to restart your Apple Watch and apply the setting.

To return to regular text weighting, repeat the same steps and toggle Bold Text back to OFF.

How to reduce transparency using the Apple Watch app for iPhone

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app from your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

    Launch the Watch app, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap on Reduce Transparency.
  5. Toggle Reduce Transparency to ON.

To re-enable transparency, repeat the same steps and toggle Reduce Transparency to OFF.

How to enable On/Off Labels on the Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Apple Watch Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

  4. Toggle On/Off Labels to ON.

To disable on/off labels, repeat the same steps and toggle On/Off Labels to OFF.

How to enable On/Off Labels using the Apple Watch app for iPhone

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app from your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Toggle On/Off Labels to ON.

    Tap General, tap Accessibility, tap the switch next to On/Off Labels

To disable on/off labels, repeat the same steps and toggle On/Off Labels to OFF.

How to reduce motion on the Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Apple Watch Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

  4. Tap on Reduce Motion.
  5. Toggle Reduce Motion to ON.

To disable reduce motion, repeat the same steps and toggle Reduce Motion to OFF.

How to reduce motion using the Apple Watch app for iPhone

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app from your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

  4. Tap on Reduce Motion.
  5. Toggle Reduce Motion to ON.

To disable reduce motion, repeat the same steps and toggle Reduce Motion to OFF.

How to turn on mono audio on your Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on General
  4. Tap on Accessibility.
  5. Toggle Mono Audio to ON. You can then adjust the volume level between the right and left channels.

    Tap General, tap Accessibility, tap the switch next to Mono Audio

How to use the accessibility shortcut on your Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on General
  4. Tap on Accessibility.

    Tap May Watch, tap General, tap Accessibility

  5. Tap on Accessibility Shortcut.
  6. Tap to select VoiceOver or Zoom as the shortcut.

    tap Accessibility Shortcut, tap VoiceOver or Zoom to make either the shortcut

If you'd like to change or disable the accessibility shortcut, just follow the same steps.

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