Use a screen reader to search for SharePoint sites on iOS

Search for SharePoint sites easily using the built-in screen reader for your iOS device along with the MicrosoftSharePoint app for iOS.


  • To access SharePoint Online with iOS, you must install and use the Microsoft SharePoint app from the App store..

  • The keyboard shortcuts and navigation in the SharePoint app may differ from those in the on-premises product (SharePoint Server).

  • You can use gestures or an external keyboard. For help working with accessibility features, see Accessibility in Office for iPhone.

  • Some functionality in SharePoint Online is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release Program. Organizations that do not participate in the First Release program or are not using the modern view in SharePoint document libraries may see a different user interface than the one described in this topic.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn how to set preferences and to make it easier to use VoiceOver and other accessibility features with the SharePoint app, refer to Accessibility in Office 2016 for iPhone.

In this topic

Start the SharePoint app

  1. Open the MicrosoftSharePoint app.

  2. To sign in, move focus to the Sign in to SharePoint Online button and then double-tap.

  3. Sign in to your organization’s Office 365 account.

Search for sites

To find a SharePoint Online site, after you open and sign in with the SharePoint app:

  1. Move focus to the Search button which is in the upper-right part of the screen. To open Search, double-tap.

  2. Focus is on the Search field. Type some text that appears in the name of the site you are trying to find. For example, if you’re trying to find your HR site, type HR.

  3. In the keypad at the bottom of the screen, move focus to the lower, right corner until you hear “Search,” and then double-tap.

    Search results appear. By default, the pivot is set to Sites so that the results show SharePoint Online sites whose names include the text you typed.

  4. To hear the results, drag down on the screen. SharePoint reads the site names.

  5. To go to a site, double-tap.

Depending upon how your site is set up, different content may open when you select a site. See Use a screen reader to explore SharePoint sites on iOS.

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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