O iOS 13 was released this week for compatible iPhones and, in addition to the dark mode and improved Safari, it brings an important feature for people with reduced mobility: it’s Voice Control, which will also be available on iPadOS and macOS Catalina. A video from Apple teaches how to use this new feature.
For now, Voice Control is available US English only, so we won’t have an official tutorial in Portuguese anytime soon. To activate it, go to Settings> Accessibility> Voice Control and tap the first button. IOS will download for this feature to work even offline.
There are basically three ways to perform voice control: saying the name of an item (“open Camera”), mentioning the number associated with that item (“tap 25”), or asking to show a grid with numbers in order to touch a specific point on the screen.
For example, in the Camera app, you can say “Show names” and see the names of each button. This is not very practical if your iPhone is configured in Portuguese: the labels will be displayed in our language (“Take photo”, “Camera selector”) and the Voice Control in English will not understand.
So there is an alternative: Show numbers. Each button on the interface will be labeled with a number; just say “tap 10” to take a photo in the Camera app, for example. The labels will disappear; if you want to keep them on the screen, just say “show numbers continuously”.
There’s still the grid: say Show grid and the screen will be divided into several squares with their respective numbers. Say “26”, for example, and iOS will zoom in on that area, dividing it into nine squares. Choose one of them, and the system will zoom more once; speak the number you want, and it will touch the corresponding point. This can be useful for adjusting the camera’s focus, for example.
iOS 13 lets you use Dictation with Voice Control
It is also possible to return to the home screen (“go Home”), return to the previous screen (“go back”), open the Control Center (“open Control Center”), view notifications (“show Notification Center”), adjust the volume (“turn up / down volume”) and capture the screen (“take screenshot”).
There are dozens of other commands, and you can create custom routines. You can also use the Saying when sending messages and editing text, as this video explains:
Voice Control will also be available on iPadOS, which arrives on iPads on September 24; and macOS Catalina, which will be released in October.