accessibilityApple includes a raft of accessibility options in iOS 11 to meet the various needs of its users, allowing them to customize their iPhone and iPad interface in several helpful ways. To make these features quicker to access, Apple also includes an Accessibility Shortcut feature in iOS 11 that, once set up, can be invoked using a triple click of the Home button (or Side button on ‌iPhone‌ X).

This shortcut feature is ideal for users who could benefit from fast access to a customized menu of accessibility options. It's also a great solution if you just want a quick way to control a single accessibility mode like Reduce White Point, for example, which dims the screen below standard low brightness levels. Here we'll show you how to set up Accessibility Shortcut for either use case.

How to Set up Accessibility Shortcut in iOS 11

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap Accessibility.
    accessibility 1

  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap Accessibility Shortcut.

  5. Tap the options you'd like to include in the shortcut menu. You can also drag on the bars at the far right of each option to change the order in which they appear.
    accessibility 2

A brief description of the Accessibility options available to you:

  • AssistiveTouch: Enables the AssistiveTouch onscreen menu, which can help users perform gestures, and find and adjust certain settings like volume, Rotate Screen, Lock Screen, and more.

  • Classic Invert Colors: Inverts all colors on the screen, which can be invaluable for users with certain visual impairments.

  • Color Filters: Specific filters and tint options for users with different types of color blindness.

  • Reduce White Point: Dims the brightness of whites and bright colors on the screen.

  • Smart Invert Colors: Like classic invert, above, but inverts only certain areas of the user interface and leaves images and some graphical elements in their original format and colors.

  • Switch Control: Management hub for controlling ability switches and other adaptive devices, for users with limited mobility.

  • VoiceOver: Makes your iOS device speak to you during use – helpful for people who have trouble seeing display information.

  • Zoom: Three-fingered double tap zoom function that makes display elements bigger and easier to read.

Note that if you tick only one option for your Accessibility Shortcut, you can enable it instantly with a triple-click of the Side/Home button. If you've ticked several, the triple-click action brings up the Accessibility Shortcut menu. Then just tap the option you want to use.

accessibility 3
If you're having trouble pressing the Side/Home button three times in quick succession, you can adjust the triple-click speed by going to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Side Button / Home Button. Alternatively, you can add the Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center in the following way.

How to Add Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center

  1. Launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap Control Center.

  3. Tap Customise Controls.

  4. Find Accessibility Shortcuts under the "More Controls" list and then tap the entry to include it in Control Center.
    accessibility 4

  5. Next, launch Control Center on your iOS device in the following manner: On ‌iPad‌, double-tap the Home button; on ‌iPhone‌ 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; or on ‌iPhone‌ X, swipe down from the upper right "ear".

  6. Tap the Accessibility Shortcut button in the Control Center grid and select the desired accessibility option from the onscreen menu.
    accessibility 5
Related Forum: iOS 11

Top Rated Comments

Apple_Robert Avatar
44 months ago
Another good article from MacRumors. I hope that articles like this appear weekly, as there are many people who may not know the proverbial in and outs of iOS.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Pro Display XDR Yella

Apple Working on External Display With Built-In A13 Chip

Friday July 23, 2021 9:37 am PDT by
Apple is developing an external display that includes an A13 chip with Neural Engine, according to a new rumor from 9to5Mac. The A13 chip with Neural Engine would presumably serve as an eGPU, though details are light at this time. Having a CPU/GPU built into the external display could help Macs deliver high-resolution graphics without using all the resources of the computer's internal chip....
maxresdefault

Apple Music to Livestream Premiere of Kanye West's New Album 'Donda' on Thursday

Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:49 am PDT by
Apple Music on Thursday will host a global livestream for the premiere of Kanye West's tenth studio album, titled "Donda." The sold-out event will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, and Apple Music's livestream will start at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The livestream was revealed in a Beats Studio Buds ad that aired during the NBA Finals. The ad features U.S. track...
airpods 3 gizmochina Feature

AirPods 3 Rumored to Launch Alongside iPhone 13 at Expected September Event

Friday July 23, 2021 12:54 am PDT by
The third-generation AirPods will likely launch at the same event revealing Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 lineup, according to a report from DigiTimes, which makes the claim citing sources familiar with the matter. The report as a whole echoes previous reporting that production of the third-generation AirPods will kickstart in August, meaning a launch shortly after can be easily expected. DigiTi...
idos 2 app ios

Apple to Pull 'iDOS 2' DOS Emulator From App Store

Thursday July 22, 2021 3:22 pm PDT by
iDOS 2, an app designed to allow users to play classic DOS games, will soon be pulled from the App Store, the app's creator said today. According to iDOS developer Chaoji Li, he tried to submit an iDOS update with bug fixes to the App Store, but was told that the update was rejected because it violated the 2.5.2 App Store guideline that says apps cannot install or launch executable code.Durin...
iPad mini pro feature

Next iPad Mini Won't Feature Mini-LED Display, Claims Display Analyst

Friday July 23, 2021 8:07 am PDT by
Yesterday, DigiTimes claimed that the upcoming iPad mini will feature a mini-LED display, but now, display analyst Ross Young is going at odds with that report, claiming that while the updated iPad mini continues to be on track for a release this year, it won't feature a mini-LED display. Young says he "confirmed" with Radiant Opto-Electronics, who DigiTimes claims would provide Apple with...
AirPods Pro Beta Firmware

AirPods Pro Beta Firmware Now Available

Wednesday July 21, 2021 6:50 am PDT by
Upcoming AirPods Pro firmware updates are now available to Apple Developer Program members as beta versions. AirPods Pro firmware beta one features FaceTime Spatial Audio and Ambient Noise Reduction. Custom Transparency mode, including Conversation Boost, was initially expected to be included in the beta but appears to have been delayed for a later version. Apple made the announcement...
iPad mini pro feature

Next-Generation iPad Mini Will Reportedly Feature a Mini-LED Display

Thursday July 22, 2021 9:03 am PDT by
Apple is widely rumored to be planning a new iPad mini with a significant redesign, including a larger 8.5-inch to 9-inch display with slimmer bezels, a Touch ID power button instead of a home button, a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector, and more. According to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report today, the sixth-generation iPad mini will also feature a mini-LED display:BLU...
discount m1 macbook yellow

Deals: Shop Record Low Prices Across Apple's Full MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Lineup (Up to $499 Off)

Friday July 23, 2021 8:23 am PDT by
Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup is seeing all-time low discounts across the board today, including the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2020 13-inch MacBook Air, and 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. 13-Inch M1...
ios wifi settings

Apple Confirms iOS 14.7 Fixes WiFi Bug and Many Other Vulnerabilities

Wednesday July 21, 2021 11:38 am PDT by
Following the release of iPadOS 14.7 this morning, Apple has shared details on the security updates that are included in iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7, macOS Big Sur 11.5, watchOS 7.6, and tvOS 14.7, all of which came out this week. Notably, Apple's documentation confirms that the iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 updates address a WiFi-related vulnerability that could impact iOS devices when joining a...
macOS Big Sur Feature Orange

Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.5 With Podcast App Updates and Bug Fixes

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:15 am PDT by
Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.5, the fifth major update to the macOS Big Sur operating system that launched in November 2020. macOS Big Sur 11.5 comes two months after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.4. The new ‌‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌ 11.5 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. macOS Big Sur...