Get started using VoiceOver with the SharePoint app for iOS

With SharePoint Online, you can upload, sync, create, view, and share documents and other information using VoiceOver (the built-in screen reader for your iOS device) and the MicrosoftSharePoint app.

Notes: 

  • 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, and open a SharePoint site

  1. Open the MicrosoftSharePoint app.

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

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

  4. To open a site, drag down the screen until you hear the name of the site and then double-tap.

    Tip: By default, when you sign in to the app, a list of the most frequently used sites opens. If you don’t find the site you want in this list, move the focus toward the top of the screen until you hear “Following pivot” and then double-tap. The list changes to present sites that you’re following.

Work with screen readers

Screen readers are apps that enable people who are blind or have low vision to hear audible feedback for the elements of a user interface (UI). As with the UI in other Microsoft products, the UI elements in the SharePoint app include names that screen readers can understand (accessible names).

The built-in screen reader for iOS is called VoiceOver. To turn on VoiceOver, triple-click the Home button or use Siri by saying “Hey Siri, start VoiceOver.”

When you have VoiceOver on, the SharePoint app reads the accessible names aloud to you (along with any other relevant information) as you move the focus of VoiceOver to elements of the UI.

For more help, on the Apple website, see About the VoiceOver rotor on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on the Apple Support website.

Discover the SharePoint app interface

When you first sign in to the MicrosoftSharePoint app, you go to the Sites screen, which lists available sites. In the center top of the screen, the title Sites appears. To the right of the title is the Search button. Beneath this line are two buttons:

  • Frequent Lists sites you use frequently (selected by default).

  • Following Lists sites you are following.

Underneath this line is a vertical list of sites within the chosen category. At the bottom of the screen is a menu bar, which contains these tabs from left to right:

  • Sites Displays the Sites page, from which you can select and go to a SharePoint Online site. To hear site names, drag down through the list. To open a site, after you hear its name, double-tap.

  • Links Displays a vertical list of links and resources for your organization. To hear links, drag down through the list. To open a link, after you hear its name, double-tap.

  • People Displays a vertical list of the people you work with. To hear people’s names, drag down through the list. To view information about a person, including contact information and what the individual is working on, after you hear the person’s name, double-tap.

  • Settings Provides access to your personal SharePoint Online settings. The screen contains a vertical list of settings. To change a setting, drag down through the list until you hear the setting you want to change, and then double-tap.

After making selections and working on a task, to return to the previous screen, move focus to the Back button in the upper-left corner of the SharePoint app and then double-tap.

Do more tasks with the SharePoint app and a screen reader

To learn how to perform tasks in iOS with screen readers in SharePoint Online with iOS, go to:

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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