Visualizing the Lock Screen through VoiceOver, for first timers

This is the first screen that you would find when you press either home or lock button, when your Device is idle.

When the device is locked, It displays various types of information through different display blocks or containers on the lock screen, as mentioned below:

1.The Status Bar It is a topmost component of the screen. It is permanent in nature and remains fixed in its place. It displays information about the status of:

1. Your service provider: It displays the name of service provider and signal strength.

2. Type of data connection, EDGE, GPRS or 3G

3. Wi-Fi connection: Indicate Wi-Fi signal strength, if connected.

4. Network Status: Informs about the status of data connection when trying to access through some application.

5. Clock

6. Do not disturb: You will find it on the status bar if do not disturb feature is turned on. It allows you to silent some or all calls and notifications. This feature is discussed in detail later in the guide.

7. Orientation: You can find weather the screen orientation is locked or not. It is recommended that the screen orientation should be turned off, if you are using the device without display. When the phone is held upright or on a plane surface, the default orientation is portrait. If the orientation is not locked, the orientation would become landscape if the device is turned sideways, that would become problematic. Turning orientation on or off is described later in this guide. For now, you can just keep your device upright or on a plane surface.

8. Bluetooth: Indicates if Bluetooth is on or off.

9. Location Tracking: Presence of this item on the status bar indicates that your location data is being accessed by some app.

10. Battery Status: It indicates the amount of the battery left and amount of battery charged if connected to power supply.

The status bar is apparently quite small in size. Its width is equal to the width of the screen and breadth is around half of the centimeter.

Now let’s try to traverse it. Firstly place your finger on the phone speaker on the screen and gradually slide it down until you hear – “Status Bar Item”. Now swipe left to reach the first item in the bar. You would hear a particular sound that signifies that there is no more item prior to the current highlighted status bar item. Now swipe right to explore what items are there in the status bar. You will hear same sound when you reach the last item. This is standard sound used by this device to indicate the boundaries of the highlighted section.

Generally the first item in the status bar is the signal strength bars and last item is battery status.

Note: On the lock screen, time is not shown in the status bar, so don’t get worried.

2. The main section of the lock screen is divided into 3 main regions, which are arranged in the same manner as the three rectangular boxes of equal width are placed on one another, of which first and the third have equal length and the second one is biggest and its length is equals to sum total of the first and third. The first one is the time and date region, this is the region on the lock screen, where the cursor resides if there are no notifications to show. When you push lock or home button on the idle device, the time would be prompted. Swipe right to move to next item, which is date.

Swipe right again to enter the next region, that displays notifications. Notifications are simple little piece of information that corresponds to some particular application. It is the biggest region and covers half of the screen in the middle.

If you have received any notification, the cursor would by default highlight the first notification in the notification region, when you push home or lock button in the idle state of the device. Here you can navigate among the notifications by swiping left or right with your finger. You can double tap on the particular notification to act upon it.

The notifications would be removed from the lock screen once the device is unlocked.

After traversing the notification region, if you swipe right you will enter into third region that contains the unlock button and camera button. Double tap on the highlighted button to activate. You can use camera without unlocking the device. The camera button is located at the bottom right corner of the display screen. If your cursor is currently on the camera button, at this point , ifyou swipe right, you will hear same sound that indicates the end of the section.

Double tap on the unlock button to unlock your device. This would take you to the home screen of your device If you have set password , double tapping the unlock button would take you to the screen where you have to enter the password. For convenience working with security and access passwords would be discussed later.

Some points to conclude:

1. Try to explore the lock screen without using swiping, just slide your finger from top to bottom to figure out the relative positions of these regions so that next time you could place your finger on the desired region at the first attempt.

2. You can also unlock the device by swiping left with three fingers, anywhere on the screen.

3. As these regions are imaginary, in case there is no notification in the notification region, swiping right from the date region, would take you to the unlock button in the third region directly

I hope you have got some idea about how the lock screen of your device looks like and I am sure you can now place your finger directly on the desired part of the screen and save your time. For any queries and suggestions feel free to connect.

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