How to enable/disable VoiceOver on Apple TV

You own an Apple TV? A fan of Apple products? If yes, you probably must be aware of the feature called VoiceOver and if you don’t know what that is, no worries, you’ll be as smart as others at the end of this article. VoiceOver, as the name suggests is the free screen reader for apple products like Apple TV, iPad and similar devices running Mac OX X Tiger or above. It’s quite unique due to its various feature. Moreover it is not any extension like things or software package that is to be installed later. More technically, it’s kind of utility software developed with the purpose of helping people with visual difficulty. The fame of VoiceOver is increasing due to its ability to output speeches, magnify the screen and even connect refreshable Braille displays that’s changing the experience of TV for the visually impaired and people with low vision. VoiceOver can be tweaked as per needs such as turning this feature on/off, sound alerts and customizing verbosity settings.

How to enable disable VoiceOver on Apple TV
An Apple TV (3rd generation)                  Source- support.apple.com

SIMPLE STEPS TO ENABLE/DISABLE CC

The steps to enable and disable voiceover differ from generations of apple TV. There are 2nd 3rd and 4th generation of Apple TV available hence know about your specific generation of Apple TV, read all the instructions carefully and perform as specified

    Apple TV (4th Generation)

                Method 1

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver
  2. There is option to turn on/off VoiceOver feature. Select turn on if you wish to enable, else select turn off

Method 2

  1. Enable accessibility shortcut (if not already) by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut, then select VoiceOver.
  2. Now use the accessibility shortcut to turn VoiceOver on or off. Just press the Menu button three times to turn VoiceOver on or off.

Apple TV (3rd generation)

  1. Press the lower left button for repeated times till you hear a stop sound to go to main menu
  2. Press down
  3. Press Right for repeated number of times until you’ve heard a stop sound which takes you to the settings option only if you have default layout of main menu. If you’ve manually tweaked the layout, try yourself highlighting settings
  4. Select twice
  5. Again, press down arrow till you hear a stop sound
  6. To highlight accessibility , press up arrow four times
  7. Select twice and Voice over is enabled and as usual starts reading the contents and the same process implies to turn it off if it was initially enabled

Apple TV (2nd generation)

  1. Hold Menu for about five second. You’ll land to the Main Menu
  2. Press menu once that results the top left icon to be highlighted
  3. Press Right for repeated number of times until you’ve heard a stop sound
  4. Now, press down arrow which takes you to the settings option only if you have default layout of main menu. If you’ve manually tweaked the layout, try yourself highlighting settings
  5. Press Up for number of times until you hear Stop\
  6. Press Select
  7. It’s time to press Down repeatedly until stop sound is heard
  8. Press Up for exactly four times. This should highlight Accessibility
  9. Press select twice which enables or disables VoiceOver depending on the current mode of its operation

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