Full Keyboard Access (Settings>Accessibility>Keyboards)


I was wondering how many folks on here have tried using said new feature mentioned above.

For those who haven't looked at said setting yet, it's mainly another set of commands that can be used to do many things by using an external keyboard, the way you wish to do them.

Yes, you can use VO+H/F1 Twice to bring up the apps Switcher for example (like how ya could always do it for the longest time), but now ya can bring it up also by holding down tab while tapping the letter A, then release it. In addition, Tab C opens the control panel, Tab N opens the notification area, Tab L locks the screen, etc.

Navigating with Tab/Shift-Tab and the arrow keys (just like on a Macintosh) happily works without much issue, while the space bar activates buttons and menu items for example.

CTRL-Option-Shift-Command-R by the way, let's you restart your device without needing to use Voice Control or the Power Off screen.
Also, Tab S activates Siri.

All commands can be customized by the way, as yall see when browsing said list.

Two places to be aware of for now which Full Keyboard Access is having issues with include:

1. The Apps Switcher
2. Web Browsing (though only if you manually go to the bottom of the screen).

One app that's having issues with the Keyboard Full Access feature, is Discord. Although, Telegram may be problematic in some spots with this too.

Feel free to share what yall find, and if you created shortcuts of your own.

PS. I almost forgot to mention, Tab X toggles on/off accessibility, which in our case (for most of us) is VoiceOver.


Full keyboard access is

Full keyboard access is pretty good, yet another useful feature for the blind that wasn't actually designed for that purpose. I have changed the restart command to tab R, another example of what commands can be customized. I don't understand the keyboard gestures command, tab G, though. When I tap that combination nothing happens. Thoughts?


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Not sure how much I will use this feature, but I did experiment with it this morning, and it is certainly nice to see how much effort Apple put into this. I have heard multiple complaints from sighted iPad users who wish they could select apps on the home screen with the keyboard the same way they can on a Mac, and this feature lets them do just that. Of course I could do it with VoiceOver, but until now VoiceOver was the only way.

I noticed that, in some places, VoiceOver focus acts differently depending on whether full keyboard access is enabled or not. I think it's trying to synchronize the VoiceOver focus with whatever has keyboard focus on a particular screen, which can change what has focus when a screen first appears. For example, when I open Overcast the focus likes to land on the podcast I last interacted with, rather than the top of the screen which VoiceOver normally does. I noticed similar behavior in the News app, where focus likes to land on the article I last read. Useful in some situations, but in some cases it can be an annoyance. On the lock screen, for some reason, focus sometimes snaps to the page turner at the bottom instead of the current time or notifications.

Tweetings With FKA

One of the most interesting things I found out that works so well when Full Keyboard Access is enabled, is using it with the Tweetings application.

I never had a wonderful experience with Twitter on iOS/iPad os till then!

Okay, yes you can use many Twitter apps with the VoiceOver Cursor/QuickNav, but the fact ya can actually use Tweetings with normal cursoring key functions along with Tweeting's own standard hotkeys? I like that!

PS. The up/down arrow keys, do absolutely nothing with Twitter or Twitterific running, if using iOS/iPad OS 13.4.1 or later.

I’m experiencing a lot of

I’m experiencing a lot of issues when I turn on FKA. In addition to the app switcher and web browsing, I get weird results in Settings and Mail. I actually bought a new iPad because I thought the screen was somehow broken but then figured out that FKA seemed to be the issue. Of course, I returned the new iPad. :)

A lot of the commands seem to be the same but with new shortcuts. Also, the regular cmd shortcuts are already available when you connect a keyboard. For example, zooming, cutting, pasting, scrolling,, using the quick app switcher (cmd+tab), etc.

Two things which sound nice are the customized commands and the ability to define gestures. That would provide a happy medium for me since I can still see enough of the screen.

I guess I just need to play around with it more but it doesn’t seem possible yet until they fix some bugs. Maybe it’s an issue because I have both FKA and VO on at the same time?

Yep, i'll be sending feedback

Yep, i'll be sending feedback to apple about this feature.
Definitely could be better, especially with the jumping of the cursor problems.
I do like it overall.
Oh and yes, I hope they fix the track pad feature while VO is on. I don't have a magic trackpad myself to test it.