Get familiar with Apple TV's vision accessibility features.

The new Apple TV is packed with accessibility tools to make it easier for everyone to use. VoiceOver is a screen-reading feature that narrates your actions in the Apple TV's menus, while Zoom increases the screen up to 15 times its original size. You can enable these vision accessibility features by following these steps.

How to enable VoiceOver on Apple TV

You can enable VoiceOver easily from the Settings app with a few simple steps.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. Navigate to the Settings app from the Home screen.
  3. Select General.

    Opening the Settings app on Apple TV

  4. Select Accessibility.
  5. Select VoiceOver under the Vision section.

    Selecting VoiceOver on Apple TV

  6. Select VoiceOver to toggle to the On position.
  7. To change how fast the VoiceOver speech is, select Speech Rate.

    Enabling VoiceOver on Apple TV

  8. Select the rate of speed you wish VoiceOver to speak from Very Slow to Very Fast.
  9. To enable pitch changes when VoiceOver says actionable items, select Use Pitch to toggle to the On position.

    Changing speech rate and pitch of Voiceover on Apple TV

Whenever you are on a screen with multiple lines of text, VoiceOver will automatically ready everything on the screen. You can still scroll and select items while VoiceOver is speaking.

How to enable Zoom on Apple TV

You can find the Zoom feature in the same Accessibility section of the Settings app as VoiceOver. There are a few setup features that let you customize how it works for you.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. Navigate to the Settings app from the Home screen.
  3. Select General.

    Opening the Settings app on Apple TV

  4. Select Accessibility.
  5. Select Zoom under the Vision section.

    Selecting Zoom on Apple TV

  6. Select Zoom to toggle to the On position.
  7. To adjust the maximum amount the Zoom feature increases, select Maximum Zoom Level.
  8. Select the zoom level from 2x to 15x.

    Enabling Zoom and adjusting max level on Apple TV

How to use the Zoom gestures on the Siri Remote with the Apple TV

Once Zoom is enabled, you will need to learn a few gestures on the Siri Remote.

  • To enable and disable Zoom mode, triple-click the trackpad on the Siri Remote. The item you have highlighted will be magnified.
  • While in Zoom mode, use two fingers to tap the trackpad on the Siri Remote once to enable panning.
  • While in Zoom mode, drag your thumb around on the trackpad on the Siri Remote to pan the focus of the screen around.
  • While in Zoom mode, tap the edge of the trackpad on the Siri Remote up, down, left, or right to select a different item to be magnified.
  • To adjust the zoom level, double-tap (not click) and hold your fingers on the trackpad on the Siri Remote. Then, drag your fingers up to zoom in and down to zoom out.

    The Zoom gestures on Apple TV

You can temporarily enable VoiceOver to speak the currently selected item when in Zoom mode by double-clicking the Siri button on the Siri Remote, which is the middle button on the left side of the face of the remote with a microphone icon on it.