moving apps with bluetooth keyboard
I don't use a mini keyboard, but I recall that when I tried and reviewed one on the Mac-access mailing list (the ThinkGeek TK-421, which has the same keyboard layout as the Bear Motion mini Bluetooth keyboard that was the subject of an old podcast by Ricardo Walker -- this is all more than two years ago), the arrow keys used for QuickNav mode were alternate functions that could be activated either by pressing the combination of Fn+some regular letter key, or else that key could be pressed directly as an arrow key if you toggled the Fn key on by pressing Fn+Return. Pressing Fn+Return again toggled this mode of the key being used as an arrow key off. ("Return" is what Windows users identify as the "Enter" key.). This was a mini keyboard that did not have dedicated arrow keys. Some mini keyboards do have dedicated arrow keys. The variations from model to model can be pretty wide, so I don't know how you would find these out except by placing the device in Keyboard help mode and experimenting.
The real challenge is with the mini keyboards that lack either a Control or an Option/Alt key, so there are no VO keys (Control+Option). In those cases, if you manage to pair the keyboard, and you navigate by gestures to the VoiceOver Practice gestures area in Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > VoiceOver Practice, you can put your keyboard in to keyboard help mode. And you can leave this mode by navigating, by gestures, to the "Done" button at the top right corner of the screen, and double tapping.
The problem is that I cannot open or close folders while moving apps on my Bluetooth keyboard. Does anybody have any suggestions? I hope I am overlooking something.
it looks llike the steps to move apps into a folder have changed a bit along the way to iOS 9. The following works for me.
After I've started to drag an app with the VO + Shift + M keyboard shortcut, I am able to drop the app into a folder which is in the focus by pressing VO + Space bar, or Up arrow + Down arrow if QuickNav is on. You don't need to open the folder to move the app into it.
As opposed to what Esther described in 2013, now the Escape key neither drops the app, nor exits the drag mode, instead it only does the "boink" sound. But it can be used to close an opened folder, even during the drag mode.
It's possible to drop the app also by pressing the Home key, VO + H. This will at the same time exit the drag mode. Note that this method drops the app into the current screen, therefore to place the app into a folder, you must first open that folder as opposed to the previously mentioned method. To open a folder while in the drag mode, press VO + Shift + M.
Apart from that, I noticed that during the drag mode if you press VO + Space bar while on an app, which will ask you if you want to delete that app and which you can cancel, it will also cause the app being dragged to be dropped into the current screen.
All these methods can also be used to move apps from a folder to the page which contains that folder, or into another folder on that page. Just start dragging when on an app in a folder, then close the folder by pressing Escape and press VO + H to drop the app into the page, or use one of the aforementioned methods to place the app into another folder.
I've not been able to rearrange apps on a page or in a folder, nor to move apps from one page to another, using a keyboard. And it's a delicate and sometimes unpredictable task to me using gestures too. When using a keyboard to drag and drop an app, the app is always placed into the last position on the page or folder.
One more thing, it might happen that you would not be able to start the drag mode again with VO + Shift + M. In that case, try pressing VO + Space bar while on some app or folder on the Home screen. This will reset something and you will be able to start dragging again. Neither turning VoiceOver off and on, nor switching to some running app will reset that.
I am using the iPhone with iOS 9.3.4 and Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard K380.
The smart keyboard available for the i-Pad pro has no escape key and I have found moving apps to folders using vo, shift m doesn't work except when it does. This is rare though and I have resorted to using my finger which I think is harder on the i-Pad than on the phonel I'll try your other method.