Get started using VoiceOver with the SharePoint app on iPhone

Sites that you create in SharePoint are easy to access through the SharePoint app on iPhone. You can use gestures and VoiceOver—the screen reader built in to iOS—to open sites, hear site activity details, work with files, find people, and more.

Notes: 

  • The procedures in this topic were written using a SharePoint Online site, which might not contain all of the functionality available on a site created with SharePoint Server.

  • The content and user interface (UI) elements included when you open a site varies by site. The content and UI elements described in this topic serve as an example of some of the content and elements you might see.

In this topic

Start the SharePoint app and sign in

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

  2. To open the selected app, double-tap it. As the app opens and the SharePoint logo text is selected, you hear “SharePoint.” After you open the SharePoint app, the UI contains six elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • SharePoint logo text

    • Explanatory text below the SharePoint logo text that begins with “Get to your SharePoint sites…”

    • Sign in to SharePoint Online button

    • Sign in to SharePoint Server button

    • Unsure which one to use link

    • Let us help you link

  3. To sign in to SharePoint Online, move the focus to the Sign in to SharePoint Online button. You hear “Sign in to SharePoint Online, Button. “Double-tap the button.

  4. As the Sign in with your work or school account screen opens, the focus moves to the box, and you hear “Someone@example.com, Text field.” The UI contains five elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Back button

    • SharePoint logo text

    • Explanatory text below the SharePoint logo text that begins with “Sign in with your work…”

    • User name box

    • Next button

  5. In the User name box, using the on-screen keyboard at the bottom of the screen or an external keyboard, type the user name for your account, which includes the domain name. You hear each letter as you type it.

  6. To select the Next button, move the focus to it and double-tap it. You hear “Next, Button.” As the focus moves to the password box, and you hear “Authenticator, Cancel button.” The UI contains eight levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Cancel button

    • Office 365 logo text

    • Explanatory text below the Office 365 logo text: Work or school account

    • User name box

    • Password box

    • Sign in button and Back button

    • Can’t access your account link

    • Other Office 365 links at the bottom of the screen (Copyright, terms of use, and privacy and cookies)

  7. In the Password box, type the password for your account. You hear each letter as you type it.

  8. To select the Sign in button, move the focus to it and double-tap. You hear “Sign-in, Button.” As the focus moves to the Sites screen, you hear “In progress, Back, Heading.”

Open a SharePoint site

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Start the SharePoint app and sign in.

    • If you’ve already signed in and you’re in a different area of the app, in the upper left corner of the screen, double-tap the Back button until you return to the Sites screen. Or, if the Sites button is available at the bottom of the screen, double-tap it.

  2. As the Sites screen opens, you hear “SharePoint, Back, Heading” or the name of the site you had previously opened. The UI contains four levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Sites screen name and Search button

    • Frequent tab and Following tab (next to each other)

    • Name of each site (from top to bottom)

    • Sites button, Links button, People button, and Settings button (next to each other)

    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 include sites you’re following.

  3. To select a site, tap until you hear the name of the site.

  4. To open the site, double-tap it. As the site opens and the focus moves to the Back button, you hear “Back, Button.” The UI contains seven levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Back button and Search button

    • Default button for the site

    • Name of the site

    • Privacy setting (such as public) for the site and number of site members

    • Menu button

    • Activity heading (By default, the screen that opens for the site includes the most recent activity for the site.)

    • Name of each file (from top to bottom)

    Tip: The content included when you open a site varies by site. After you open a site, the Sites button, Links button, People button, and Settings button are no longer available at the bottom of the screen. To go back, in the upper left corner of the screen, double-tap the Back button until you return to the Sites screen. You hear the name of the site you had previously opened.

Hear site activity details

  1. Open a SharePoint site

  2. To select a file and hear its details, in the file list that by default includes the most recent activity, tap a file. You hear the file name and the date it was modified or uploaded.

Work with recent and popular files

  1. Open a SharePoint site.

  2. To open the SharePoint menu, tap the menu button. You hear “Menu, Button.” Then double-tap it. As the SharePoint menu opens and the focus moves to the Conversations option, you hear “Menu, Heading, Conversations.” The menu contains four options: Activity, Recent files, Conversations, and Notebook.

  3. To select the Recent files option, tap it. You hear “Recent files.”

  4. To activate the Recent files option, double-tap it. As the Recent files screen opens and the focus moves to the Back button, you hear “Recent and popular files, Back, Button.” The UI contains nine levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Back button, name of the site, and Search button

    • Recent files heading

    • Name of each recently modified file (from top to bottom)

    • See More button

    • Popular files heading

    • Name of each popular file (from top to bottom)

    • See More button

    • Browse all of your files in OneDrive link

  5. As you select each file, you hear the name of the file, the date and time it was last modified or uploaded, and the name of the person who worked on it.

  6. Do any of the following:

    • To hear more details about a file, double-tap and hold. At the bottom of the screen a menu opens that contains: The name of the file, Share button, Details button, and Cancel button. To select and activate the Details button, tap it, and then double-tap it.

    • To select and open a file, tap it and then double-tap it. The app for the product in which the file was created opens.

      Tip: To return to the SharePoint app, in the upper left corner of the screen, tap the Back to SharePoint button. You hear “Back to SharePoint, Button.” Double-tap it.

    • To browse all of your files in OneDrive, at the bottom of the screen, tap and then double-tap the Browse all of your files in OneDrive link.

Find people and identify what they’re working on

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Start the SharePoint app and sign in.

    • If you’ve already signed in and you’re in a different area of the app, in the upper left corner of the screen, double-tap the Back button until you return to the Sites screen.

  2. As the Sites screen opens, you hear “SharePoint, Back, Heading” or the name of the site you had previously opened. The UI contains four levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Sites screen name and Search button

    • Frequent tab and Following tab (next to each other)

    • Name of each site (from top to bottom)

    • Sites button, Links button, People button, and Settings button (next to each other)

  3. To select and activate the People button, tap it. You hear “People, Tab, Three of four.” Double-tap it. As the People screen opens, you hear People, Tab, Three of four” again. The UI contains four levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • People screen name and Search button

    • People you work with heading

    • Name of each person you work with (from top to bottom)

    • Sites button, Links button, People button, and Settings button (next to each other)

  4. To select a person’s name, tap it. You hear the name of the person and their title. To open the person’s profile, double-tap their name. As their profile opens and the focus moves to the Back button, you hear the name of the person followed by “Back, Button.” From top to bottom, you can select and hear the following details about the person:

    • Name

    • Title

    • Department

    • Date of employment

    • Phone number

    • Email address

    • Works with heading

    • Name of people with whom the person works

    • See More link

    • Working on heading

    • Name of each file that the person has been recently working on

View or modify your profile and account settings for a SharePoint site

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Start the SharePoint app and sign in.

    • If you’ve already signed in and you’re in a different area of the app, in the upper left corner of the screen, double-tap the Back button until you return to the Sites screen.

  2. As the Sites screen opens, you hear “SharePoint, Back, Heading” or the name of the site you had previously opened. The UI contains four levels of elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Sites screen name and Search button

    • Frequent tab and Following tab (next to each other)

    • Name of each site (from top to bottom)

    • Sites button, Links button, People button, and Settings button (next to each other)

  3. To select and activate the Settings button, tap it. You hear “Settings, Tab, Four of four.” Double-tap it. As the Settings screen opens, you hear “Settings, Tab, Four of four” again. The UI contains 12 elements that you can select (in the following order, from top to bottom):

    • Settings screen name

    • Site URL and user name

    • My Profile link

    • Clear Account Cache link

    • Sign out link

    • Add or Switch Account link

    • Shake to Send Feedback toggle button

    • SharePoint version number

    • Send Feedback link

    • View help link

    • Privacy Statement link

    • Third Party Notices link

  4. Do either of the following:

    • To view your profile settings, select and open the My Profile link. First, tap it. You hear “My profile, Button.” Then, double-tap it. As your profile opens and the focus moves to the Back button, you hear your name, followed by “Back, Button.”

    • To modify any other account setting, on the Settings screen, tap the button or link, and then double-tap it.

Technical support for customers with disabilities

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