Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
With Voice Control, you can navigate and interact with your device using your voice to tap, swipe, type, and more.
Before you can use Voice Control, a file download is required. Once the download is complete, you don't need a Wi-Fi connection to use Voice Control. It's recommended that you connect to Wi-Fi before you turn on Voice Control for the first time.
Voice Control is available only in the United States.
How to turn on Voice Control
When the download is complete, a microphone will appear in the status bar of your device that indicates that Voice Control is listening or not listening.
How to use Voice Control
When Voice Control is turned on, you can speak commands just like you would perform an action by touch. For example, to access Spotlight Search on the Home screen, say “Swipe down.” Or to access long-press menus for certain apps, say “Long press [app name].” Voice Control doesn’t change how your device responds to touch.
To see a list of available commands for different situations, say “Show me what to say.”
To view the full list of available commands, follow these steps:
Learn more about customizing the commands for Voice Control.
Here are a few other things you can do with Voice Control
How to interact with your screen
To interact with items on your screen, speak an action, such as “Tap” then speak the name of the item. For example, say “Tap Accessibility.”
If you’re not sure what the name of the item is, you can say, “Show names” to display an overlay with the item names.
If an item doesn’t have a name, or if you would prefer to use numbers instead, you can say, “Show Numbers” to display numeric tags for each item on your screen.
For interactions that require more precision or spacial referencing, you can say, “Show grid” to display a numbered grid overlay. Speaking a number on the grid will enlarge that area of the grid and present a new set of numbers, which will make it easier for you to select an item. The grid can also be used when dragging items on screen to identify where you would like to drop them, or when performing gesture or freehand actions.
After speaking your next command, the grid will disappear. To keep the grid onscreen for multiple commands, say “Show grid continuously.”
Here are a few other things you can do to interact with your screen
How to customize Voice Control settings
You can customize several settings under Voice Control. Here’s a list of some of the settings you can adjust: