Type braille directly on iPad using VoiceOver

Enter braille on the screen

  1. Set the rotor to Braille Screen Input.If you don’t see Braille Screen Input in the rotor, go to Settings  > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Rotor, then select it from the list.
  2. Place iPad in one of the following positions:
    • Tabletop mode: Lay iPad flat in front of you.
    • Screen away mode: Hold iPad with the screen facing away so your fingers curl back to tap the screen.
  3. Enter braille characters by tapping the screen with one or more fingers at the same time.Tip: To have iPad read dots aloud, tap and hold the dots, then when you hear the timer tones and announcement, release the dots.To move the entry dots to match your natural finger positions, double-tap all the dots.You can also use gestures to perform actions such as the following:ActionGestureEnter a spaceSwipe right with one finger; in screen away mode, swipe to your rightDelete the previous characterSwipe left with one fingerMove to a new lineSwipe right with two fingersCycle through spelling suggestionsSwipe up or down with one fingerEnter a carriage return, or send a message (in Messages)Swipe up with three fingersCycle through the braille modesSwipe left or right with three fingersTranslate immediately (when contractions are enabled)Swipe down with two fingersSwitch to the next keyboardSwipe up with two fingers
  4. To exit Braille Screen Input, do a two-finger scrub (move two fingers back and forth three times quickly, making a “z”), or adjust the rotor to another setting.

Change Braille Screen Input settings

  1. Go to Settings  > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Braille > Braille Screen Input.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Set six-dot, eight-dot, or contracted braille as the default.
    • Reverse the dot positions for six-dot and eight-dot braille.
  3. To view or edit the commands and gestures you can perform when Braille Screen Input is turned on, go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Commands > Braille Screen Input.

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