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Make your mobile or tablet easier to use

This section explains how you can make your mobile or tablet easier to use.

Siri – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 11

Created March 2018 Siri is the iOS digital assistant that allows you to use your voice to perform a wide variety of tasks such as searching the internet, sending messages, opening apps and accessing your accessibility settings. Siri is activated

Android 7 Nougat – Power button ends call

Created February 2018 Using your device’s power button to end calls can be quicker and easier than using the on-screen buttons. By default, this feature is disabled. To enable it: Open the ‘Accessibility Settings’: Settings > Accessibility. (See the article

Android 7 Nougat – Auto-rotate screen

Created February 2018 You may want to switch off the auto-rotate function that automatically rotates your display between portrait and landscape modes if the auto-rotate function interrupts the spoken feedback given by ‘TalkBack’. Open the ‘Accessibility Settings’: Settings > Accessibility.

Android 7 Nougat – Touch and hold delay

Created June 2017 Some applications sometimes require you to press and hold your finger on the screen in order to trigger an action, this is known as ‘Touch and hold’. If you find you are accidentally triggering ‘Touch and hold’ when

Guided Access – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10

Created June 2017 ‘Guided Access’ allows you to concentrate on a single app (or part of an app) without being distracted by other processes.  It does this by restricting access to areas of the screen which are not applicable to the

Keyboard – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

Keyboard – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch In iOS 9 you can choose from a range of different keyboards. This has exciting potential and opens the door for developers to create more accessible and personalised on-screen keyboards. To activate a new keyboard, first

Android KitKat 4.4.2 – Braille

BrailleBack is an Accessibility Service for Android which helps blind users use braille devices. The application works together with the TalkBack app to give a combined braille and speech experience. BrailleBack lets you connect a supported refreshable braille display to

Accessibility Shortcut (Triple-click Home) – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

You can set which ‘Accessibility’ option or options you would like to turn on when you select the ‘Accessibility Shortcut’ button (previously called Triple-click Home). If choosing more than one option, Triple-click the ‘Home’ button to display your choices. To

Learning – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

iOS devices include a feature called Guided Access which limits those areas of the screen that can be accessed.  Guided Access allows the user to concentrate on a selected app (or part of an app) without being distracted by other

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