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VoiceOver Caption Panel Added to iOS 13 and iPadOs 13.1

If you have ever used VoiceOver on the Mac to test the level of accessibility support on a website, you have no doubt benefited from the VoiceOver Caption Panel. This panel visually displays in text what VoiceOver is reading aloud.

With the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1 the Caption Panel now comes to VoiceOver on mobile devices! Of course, this is only available on iPhones running iOS 13 or greater and iPads running iPadOS 13.1 or greater.

The Caption Panel is a welcome addition to iOS and iPadOS although it is not enabled by default. You may have also noticed that the Accessibility settings are no longer hidden under the General settings but now received top-level billing along side the General, Control Center and Display & Brightness setting categories.

Here is a quick walkthrough on how to enable the Caption Panel for VoiceOver on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1 (iOS steps shown but they are the same on iPadOS):

  1. Locate Settings icon on your device and select it to open settings

  2. Scroll down until you see the Accessibility category and then select it

Under the Vision section, find VoiceOver and then select it

Scroll down toward the bottom of the VoiceOver settings and enable the Caption Panel using the toggle

Now when you are using VoiceOver, you will see the Caption Panel appears at the bottom of the screen and it will visually display the text that VoiceOver is reading aloud.