VoiceOver is a text-to-speech/screen reader feature built into macOS and iOS that enables users to hear text read aloud and descriptions of each onscreen element and provides helpful hints along the way. VoiceOver supports more than 35 languages. The feature is available to all Apple (Mac and iOS) product users.

Features

VoiceOver is compatible with all built-in apps for Mac and iPhone. Below are lists of VoiceOver features and capabilities for macOS and iOS. 

macOS

  • Integration throughout MacOS and all built-in apps
  • Improved PDF, web, and messages navigation 
  • Navigation using simple gestures
  • Virtual controller with customizable commands
  • Plug-and-play support for braille displays
  • Detailed audio descriptions of movies that display with the AD icon in the iTunes Store

For more information about VoiceOver features for MacOS, review Apple's Accessibility page for Mac computers. 

iOS

  • Integration throughout iOS, all built-in apps, and a wide variety of third-party apps
  • Navigation using simple gestures
  • Fast and accurate typing and editing assistance
  • Full-sentence descriptions of on-screen elements
  • Virtual controller with customizable commands
  • Direct braille entry without a braille display
  • Braille display for input and output 
  • Pronunciation Editor

For more information about VoiceOver features for iOS, review Apple's Accessibility page for iPhones. 

VoiceOver is a built-in feature. No installation is required to access this tool.