Getting Started With iOS and iPadOS

Listed below is a selection of posts from across the AppleVis website which have been especially selected to help you setup and get to know your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to disable Automatic Updates in iOS.

How to disable Automatic Updates in iOS:

1. Open Settings.
2. Navigate to General and double-tap.
3. Navigate to Software Update and double-tap.
4. Find the Automatic Updates button and double-tap to turn this feature on/off.

* Require iOS 12 and later

Podcast by AppleVis on Friday, April 3, 2020

Are you wanting to share a folder from your iCloud Drive with your family, friends or co-workers? Join Thomas Domville in how to use iCloud folder sharing in iOS.

Podcast by AppleVis on Thursday, December 5, 2019

In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to find out how to Use private browsing to maintain your privacy on the web.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, October 7, 2018

In this first podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

How to Find a Siri Shortcut Created by an App Developer:

  1. Open Your App of Choice.
  2. Navigate to and open the app's settings.
  3. Navigate to Siri Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of… Read more
Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, October 14, 2018
In this second podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS. ‎Shortcuts on the App Store: Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.
Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, October 27, 2018
In this third and last podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS. Shortcuts on the App Store: Shortcut: Quiet Time On Shortcut: Quiet Time Off Shortcut: Weather Forecast For Lee’s Summit… Read more
Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use QuickPath, a native swipe keyboard new in iOS 13 that allows you to type by sliding your finger across the onscreen keyboard.

Podcast by AppleVis on Thursday, May 23, 2019
In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use the VPN on iOS and everything you need to know about VPN. ‎Windscribe VPN on the App Store: More Information on VPN: The Best VPN Services for 2019 | 2019's "Best" VPN Services (+ Reviews & Test Results) - VPN Geeks
Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Voice Control, a brand-new accessibility feature in iOS 13 that lets you control every single aspect of your iOS device using only your voice.

Podcast by AppleVis on Monday, January 4, 2016

In this update to his previous podcast on this topic, Scott Davert gives us some general information about braille displays as they relate to their use with iOS devices. He then talks about and demonstrates the pairing of a braille device; iOS options and settings; navigational commands, text input; and how to get additional help. Links mentioned in the podcast include Our… Read more

Guide by Tyler on Saturday, June 9, 2018


Recently, I was helping someone with their Mac and the question came up, “What is iCloud and what is the cloud?”

This happens to be one of the most common questions I am asked about Apple products, and that’s no coincidence. Although Apple markets its products and services as being seamless and easy to use, they still conjure that image of some mysterious and complicated cloud, something that often tends to confuse people. In this guide, I will attempt to explain… Read more

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What is an iDevice?

Throughout this document, the term 'iDevice' is used to refer to a portable Apple device with a touch screen. This includes the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad product lines. When a specific device is mentioned, it is intentional. For instance, all iDevices have wifi, but only the iPhone and cellular-enabled iPad can access cellular networks. This is not an official term, but rather one adopted by the author for the sake of clarity.

What is iOS?

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Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What Is This Rotor Thing?

The VoiceOver rotor is perhaps the most difficult aspect of VoiceOver to get used to because it is not a concept used in other screen readers. It is basically a way to use the same two gestures--up and down swipe with one finger--to perform multiple tasks. That is, an up or down swipe will do the action set in the rotor, and the rotor can be set at any point. The rotor is commonly used for reviewing text by word or character, changing the typing mode, and… Read more

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Answering or Ending Calls

For the most part, you can both answer and end a call with one gesture: the two-finger double tap, also known as the "magic tap". Tap two fingers on the screen, then tap them again quickly. When you are receiving a call, this gesture will answer; when you are in a call, this gesture will end it. When ending a call, though, please note that you must remove the phone from your ear. This tells the phone to exit the mode where the touch screen is basically… Read more

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Can My iOS Device Be a GPS?

Probably. If you have an iPhone or a cellular-capable iPad, then you can start using GPS apps right away. Owners of wifi-only iPads or all iPod Touch models do not have this luxury.

However, external GPS receivers do exist. Some connect via bluetooth, while others can plug into the Lightning port on your device. We have no direct experience with any of these systems, so the best we can do is tell you that our research shows they are out there.… Read more

Guide by Michael Hansen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Watch) come with accessibility features built-in. The purpose of this document is to give the blind or low vision user a concise introduction to the accessibility features offered on iOS devices.


An Introduction to VoiceOver

  • VoiceOver is a "screen reader"; it reads text aloud on the screen.
  • To enable VoiceOver, go to Settings> General> Accessibility> VoiceOver.
  • You can also tell Siri… Read more
Guide by Deborah Armstrong on Monday, February 11, 2019
Creating Shortcuts A Narrative Guide for the Befuddled Beginner iOS 12 introduced shortcuts: a way for you to combine a set of steps to accomplish a task. People who program would call this a script. In fact an app or software program is nothing more than a very sophisticated set of steps designed to accomplish a task. If you ever wanted to learn programming, you can start right now to create shortcuts. It's a great way to get your feet wet and find out if computer programming is for you… Read more
Guide by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Updated: iOS 9

Listed below are some common commands which can be used with Siri in iOS 9.


  • "Show Accessibility Settings"
  • "Turn on Voice Over"
  • "Turn on Invert Colors"
  • “Turn on Guided Access”
  • "Turn on Assistive Touch"
  • "Show me the Accessibility Settings"
  • "Open VoiceOver settings"


  • "Call Randy"
  • "Call my wife on her iPhone"
  • "Call home"
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Guide by Kara Louise on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In this guide, I'm going to explain how you can visualise the layout of iOS apps using voiceOver, or VO for short. even though you may be totally blind. This can be done quite easily, even without using a ScreenDots protector, or relying on a bluetooth keyboard for navigation purposes.

I understand that everyone is different, so if you do find these accessories essential, then by all means continue to use them. However, if you master the below techniques, I believe you'll be… Read more

Blog Post by Scott Davert on Thursday, March 13, 2014


A common question I receive as a power user of braille devices on iOS who works with the deaf-blind population is what apps do I find most helpful, and which are most accessible to braille only users?With over 150 apps on my iDevices, I certainly can't or won't try to list them all. It should be noted that these are my personal picks and do not necessarily mean there aren't other apps I use, or which will not serve an individual better based on personal preference. There… Read more