Get started using VoiceOver with Skype for Business on iPhone and iPad

Skype for Business works with the VoiceOver screen reader that’s built in to iOS on mobile Apple devices.


  • If you don’t already have it, download and install the Skype for Business app from the App Store.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, refer to Use accessibility features in iOS.

  • The keyboard shortcuts and navigation in the Skype for Business app might differ from those in Skype for Business, which you use in your device’s web browser.

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Open the Skype for Business app and sign in

  1. To select the Skype for Business app, move the focus until you hear “Skype for Business,” and then tap the app.

  2. To open the selected app, double-tap it. As the app opens and the Sign in heading is selected, you hear “Sign in.” After you open the Skype for Business app, the user interface (UI) contains seven elements that you can select (in the following order from top to bottom):

    • Sign in heading

    • User name box

    • Password box

    • Save My Password toggle button

    • Show Advanced Options link

    • Sign in button

    • Sign-in help link

  3. Move the focus to the second UI element on the screen: User name box. You hear “Sign in address.” Type your user name, including the domain.

  4. Move the focus to the third UI element on the screen: Password box. You hear “Password, Text field.” Type your password.

  5. Move the focus to the sixth UI element on the screen: Sign in button. As you tap it, you hear “Sign in button.” Double-tap it.

  6. As Skype for Business signs in to your account and the focus moves to your profile picture at the top of the screen, you hear “My info” followed by your status and “Button.”

    Tip: If you did not sign out of Skype for Business the last time you used it, the app opens without prompting you to sign in.

Explore the Skype for Business user interface

After you start the Skype for Business app on iPhone and iPad, the following five levels of UI elements are included:

  • Your profile, Meetings button, and Contacts button

  • Search for contacts box

  • Upcoming heading (if you have any upcoming meetings)

  • Recent heading, which lists any recent communications, including meetings

  • List of contacts you’ve recently communicated with—in addition to meetings you’ve attended—through Skype for Business

    Note: The UI elements you see in Skype for Business may vary.

Work with VoiceOver on iPhone and iPad

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver.

  2. On the VoiceOver screen, you can turn the screen reader on and adjust settings, such as speaking rate, hints, pitch, notifications, and more.

Navigate with VoiceOver by using gestures

  • To scroll up, down, left, or right, swipe three fingers in that direction.

  • To select a command or other UI element, tap once

  • To activate the selected command or other UI element, double-tap.


Learn more

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or have 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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