Talking Tech update: Troubleshooting VoiceOver when it isn’t talking to you

25 November 2021

It’s a common complaint for blind or low vision apple users – VoiceOver just stops working randomly.

You swipe left and right, and there’s no audio output.

Talking Tech host David Woodbridge has the solution.

“You think I'm flicking left and right, nothing's talking to me,” he said.

“But what's happened is by accident you’ve turned this thing on called screen recognition by swiping down.”

That swipe down motion automatically turns on screen recognition which disables the audio output of VoiceOver.

So no, it’s not broken, just try swiping down, David recommends.

“It’s something that I encounter all the time. I just wish there was the warning or it wasn’t in the rotor by default.”

For the full directions, listen to the player below at 8:48:

Also don't forget:

David Woodbridge Tech Fridays

Date: Every Friday

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Zoom link: https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/j/97051095582

Cost: Free!

You can also send your questions directly to david.woodbridge@visionaustralia.org

To see product reviews and demos, visit Vision Australia’s YouTube playlist

Hear more tech tips from a blind and low vision perspective every week on Talking Tech, Tuesday 4.30pm AEST or catch up with the podcast via Spotify, Omny, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts.