iPhone & iPad Apps for the Blind &VisuallyImpaired

Friday, March 24, 2017

Use Continuity to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, andAppleWatch

All your devices. One seamless experience.

Start an email on your iPhone and finish it on iPad. Or copy images, video, and text from your iPad, then paste to your nearby Mac. You can even use AirDrop to share files wirelessly — and instantly — between devices.
Each of these features, together known as Continuity, allow your devices to work together so that you can do more. Make and receive phone calls without picking up your iPhone. Start an email, edit a document, or surf the web on one device, then pick up where you left off on another. Unlock your Mac without typing a password. Even activate your iPhone hotspot without taking your iPhone from your pocket or bag.
With Handoff, you can start work on one device, then switch to another nearby device and pick up where you left off.

Set up Handoff
Use Handoff with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch that meets the Continuity system requirements. Handoff works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:
  • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  • To see the Apple ID used by Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then go to General > Apple ID.
  • Each device has Bluetooth turned on.
  • Each Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has Wi-Fi turned on.
  • Each device has Handoff turned on:
    • On Mac, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click General. Select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”
    • On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > General > Handoff, then turn on Handoff.
    • On Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap General and turn on Enable Handoff.
    • Apple Watch supports handing off from watch to iPhone only.
Use Handoff
  1. On one of your devices, open an app that works with Handoff.
  2. Apps that work with Handoff include Mail, Maps, Safari, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and numerous third-party apps.
  3. Use the app to start a task, such as writing an email or document.
  4. If switching to your Mac, click the app's icon in the Dock:
If switching to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, use either of these steps:

If you're on the Lock screen, swipe up from the bottom-left edge of the screen, where you see the app’s icon 
If you're not on the Lock screen, double-click the Home button, then tap the app banner at the bottom of the multitasking screen.

With Universal Clipboard, you can copy text, images, photos, and video on one Apple device, then paste the content on another Apple device.

 Set up And Use Universal Clipboard.
  • On one device, copy the text, image, or video as you normally would. That content is automatically added to the clipboard of your other nearby device. It remains there briefly, or until you replace it by copying something else on either device. To learn more go to.

With the iPhone Cellular Calls feature, you can make and receive calls from your Mac, iPad, or iPod touch when those devices are on the same network as your iPhone.

Set up iPhone Cellular Calls
Use iPhone Cellular Calls with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that meets the Continuity system requirements. It works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:
  • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  • Each device is signed in to FaceTime with the same Apple ID.
  • Each device has Wi-Fi turned on.
  • Each device is connected to the same network using Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  • On iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices, then turn on Allow Calls on Other Devices.
  • On iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > FaceTime, then turn on Calls from iPhone.
  • On Mac, open the FaceTime app, then choose FaceTime > Preferences. Click Settings, then select Calls From iPhone.
If your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling on other devices, you can set up those devices to make and receive calls even when your iPhone isn't turned on or nearby.

Use iPhone Cellular Calls
Make a call on your iPad or iPod touch
  • Tap a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, Safari, or other app that automatically detects such data.
  • Or open the FaceTime app and enter the phone number in the search field. Tap the phone number in the search result, then tap Call.
Make a call on your Mac
  • Move the pointer over any phone number in Contacts, Calendar, Safari, or other app that automatically detects such data. Click the arrow in the box that outlines the phone number, then choose Call [phone number] Using iPhone.
  • Or open the FaceTime app and enter a phone number in the search field. Control-click the phone number in the search result, then choose the phone number from the pop-up menu.
Answer a call
  • On iPad or iPod touch, slide to answer the call.
  • On Mac, a notification appears when someone calls your iPhone. From there you can answer the call, send it to voicemail, or send the caller a message.
To stop getting calls at one of your devices, just turn off the Calls from iPhone setting on that device. See the setup section above for details.
If you have an iPhone, the text messages that you send and receive on your iPhone can appear on your Mac, iPad, and iPod touch as well. You can then continue the conversation from whichever device is closest to you.
Set up SMS and MMS messaging
Use this feature with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that meets the Continuity system requirements. Make sure that your devices are set up as follows:
  • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  • On iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Make sure that the Apple ID at the top of the screen is the same Apple ID that you're using for iMessage on your other devices. Add a check to your phone number and email address, so that you can be reached by iMessage at both. Do the same on your iPad or iPod touch.
  • On iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding, then choose which devices to allow to send and receive text messages from this iPhone. If you're not using two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, a verification code appears on each of your other devices: enter that code on your iPhone.
  • On Mac, open Messages, then choose Messages > Preferences. Click Accounts, then select your iMessage account. Make sure that the Apple ID shown here is the same Apple ID that you're using on your other devices. Add a check to your phone number and email address.
Use SMS and MMS messaging
To use this feature, just start conversations as normal in the Messages app on any of your devices. You can also start a conversation by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, Calendar, or other apps that detect phone numbers. All of your incoming and outgoing messages appear on all of your devices.
With Instant Hotspot, the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) can provide Internet access to a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without requiring you to enter the password on those devices.
Set up Instant Hotspot
Use Instant Hotspot with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that meets the Continuity system requirements. It works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:
  • Your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) has Personal Hotspot turned on in Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot.
  • Your device must have an activated carrier plan providing Personal Hotspot service.
  • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  • Each device has Bluetooth turned on.
  • Each device has Wi-Fi turned on.
Use Instant Hotspot
To connect to your Personal Hotspot:
  • On Mac, use the Wi-Fi status menu .
  • in the menu bar to choose the name of the iPhone or iPad providing your Personal Hotspot 

On iPad, iPod touch, or even another iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then tap the name of the iPhone or iPad providing your Personal Hotspot 

If you're asked for a password when connecting, make sure that your devices are set up as described above. The Wi-Fi status icon  in the menu bar shows the Personal Hotspot icon 

 as long as your device remains connected to your Personal Hotspot.
Set up and use Auto Unlock
Auto Unlock gives you instant access to your Mac when wearing your Apple Watch. Just wake up your Mac and you’re ready to go—without typing a password. Learn how.






Saturday, December 24, 2016

Keep your notes secure with password-protection

You can secure the notes that contain your most personal data—such as financial details, medical info, or website logins—with a password or fingerprint.

The Notes app lets you lock any note that you want to keep private from anyone else that might use your device. Notes uses a single password for all of the notes that you want to protect, on all of your devices. And if you have an iPhone or iPad with Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint to open your locked notes.

Before you begin

Set up your notes password

Before you can lock your notes, create a password that you can easily remember. If you're concerned about forgetting your password, make sure that you give yourself a password hint and that you set up Touch ID. If you forget your password, Apple can't help you reset it.
If you access your iCloud notes on more than one Apple device, you'll use the same notes password to lock and unlock all of them.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can create a password in your device Settings or directly in the Notes app. Then you can turn on Use Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad, so that you can use your fingerprint to unlock your protected notes.

Create a password in Settings

  1. Go to Settings > Notes.
  2. Tap Password.
  3. Enter a password, then give yourself a password hint.
  4. Tap Done.

Create a password in Notes

  1. Open a note that you want to lock.
  2. Tap Share icon > Lock Note.
  3. Enter a password, then give yourself a password hint.
  4. Tap Done.

On your Mac

You can create a password on your Mac directly in the Notes app. In the menu bar, click Notes > Set Password. Enter a password, then give yourself a password hint and click Done.

Use Notes password-protection

Whether your note has an image, sketch, map, URL, or list of important information, it's simple to keep it safe with password-protection. And when you need to access your secure notes, you can tell which ones are locked directly from the Notes list. Just look for the  next to the note. Until you enter your password or use Touch ID, you only see the title and the last date that it was edited.
You can't password-protect notes that you share with someone else. If you want to stop sharing a note, open , then tap or click Stop Sharing.
     

Lock a note

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
  1. Open the note that you want to lock.
  2. Tap Share icon .
  3. Choose Lock Note.
After you lock your note, it stays open and you'll see unlocked notes icon at the top of the screen. You can hide the note's contents when you tap .
On your Mac:
  1. Open the note that you want to lock.
  2. Click lock notes icon.
  3. Choose Lock Note.
You can only lock notes on your device and notes in iCloud. You can't lock notes that have PDFs, audio, video, Keynote, Pages, Numbers documents, or notes that use IMAP to sync (like Yahoo!, Gmail, and Hotmail).
     

Open a locked note

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
  1. Tap the locked note.
  2. Tap View Note.
  3. Enter your password or use Touch ID.
On your Mac and iCloud.com:
  1. Click the locked note.
  2. Enter your password.
Your locked notes stay open for up to three minutes, making it easy for you to jump to another note, copy and paste information from other apps, and more. If you close the Notes app or your device goes to sleep, the note locks again.
     

Remove a lock

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
  1. Tap the locked note.
  2. Enter your password or use Touch ID.
  3. Tap Share icon.   
  4. Choose Remove Lock.
On your Mac:
  1. Click the locked note.
  2. Enter your password.
  3. Click .   
  4. Choose Remove Lock.
When you remove a lock from a note, it's removed on all of the devices that you're signed in to with the same Apple ID.

Change your password

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
  1. Go to Settings > Notes > Password.
  2. Tap Change Password.
  3. Enter your old password, then enter a new password and password hint.
On your Mac:
  1. Open Notes.
  2. In the menu bar, choose Notes > Change Password.
  3. Enter your old password, then enter a new password and password hint.
  4. Click Change Password.

If you forgot your notes password

You can unlock a note only when you enter the password that it's locked with. If you forgot your password, Apple can't help you regain access to your locked notes.
You can reset your password, but this won’t give you access to your old notes. It will, however, let you password protect any notes that you create from that point forward with the new password. This could lead to you having multiple notes with different passwords.
If you have multiple passwords, you can't tell which password you should use when you look at your notes in the Notes list. When you open a note locked by your old password but enter your current password, you'll see an alert that you entered the wrong password with a hint for your old one. If you then enter the correct old password, you get the option to update that note's password to your current one.

Reset your notes password

When you reset your Notes password, it doesn't delete or change the password of your notes that are already locked. If you have a note that uses an old password, you can update it to the new password when you enter the old password, remove the old password, then apply your new password to the note.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
  1. Go to Settings > Notes > Password.
  2. Tap Reset Notes Password.
  3. Enter your Apple ID password.
  4. Tap Reset Notes Password again.
  5. Enter your new password and password hint.
On your Mac:
  1. Open Notes.
  2. In the menu bar, click Notes > Reset Password > OK.
  3. Enter your Apple ID password.
  4. Click Reset Password.
  5. Enter your new password and password hint.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to change your Mac computer’s name

How to change the name of your Mac

Step 1: In the Menu bar, go to  > System Preferences…
Step 2: Click on Sharing.

Step 3: In the Computer Name box, type in the name you want to use for your computer.
Step 4: Close the window, and you’re done.
As always, feel free to ask if you have any question.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

to have your iPhone announce who’s calling you running iOS 10

Among the 100+ new features in iOS 10 is the ability to have your iPhone announce who’s calling when receiving a phone call. Based on the caller ID, your iPhone will vocalize the name of the caller, or tell you it’s an unknown caller in case the number isn’t in your contacts.

This is a nice little addition that can actually be configured in the Settings.

On your iPhone, launch the Settings app, and navigate to the Phone tab, then tap on Announce Calls.

announce-calls-iphone

From there you can specify under what circumstances your iPhone should announce calls. You can choose to have it name the caller for every call, only for calls received when you’re in your car or wearing headphones, only for calls you receive when wearing headphones, or simply never.

This new feature is particularly handy when walking with headphones on. You won’t have to reach for your phone to find out who’s calling. Instead, assuming the caller is in your contacts, Siri will announce the name of the caller.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chelsea Ann Stark: Hotmail And iPhone4s Frenzy


Chelsea Ann Stark: Hotmail And iPhone4s Frenzy
If you have a Hotmail email account you probably went through this Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
To read this post please go to http://chelseaannstark.blogspot.com/2016/08/hotmail-and-iphone4s-frenzy.html


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Be My Eyes - helping blind see app

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Why should blind or visually impaired people choose Apple's Products?





This post will contain some testimonials and segment on why they chose apple products.


Matthew
They are stable, their operating systems are reliable. All the Apple stuff I have owned seems to be built tough. Also right now, Apple is at the top of excess ability. Most stuff ends up being accessible. Gestures for navigation are easy to learn and teach  to other people.

Trish
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right.
I personally feel that Apple has always been making it possible for the blind, deaf, visually impaired and the hearing impaired to function in the world of smart technology.  Just look at their latest release.  

Sure there are some bugs, but they totally have the market on accessibility.  People should always do research and do what is best for them.  
No need to fly flags about it, just do what is best for you.
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right. Every app that can be is accessible, and they're truly focused on making everything usable, rather than just losing money because they're hard to use. 
Apple products are designed with accessibility included. There is minimal setup required. In my experience, Apple products have more accessibility features built in than Windows or Android.

Carlene  
Apple has more apps for blind or impaired vision. I have had both Android and now a Apple and love apples iOS system. Android does not offer a lot of the apps that iOS does. 
 And at this time I feel that Apple  is the  best and will stay with apples iPhone.
 
Dick
 I am visually impaired myself and  have a Generation 1 apple watch and i think it's great. On the apple watch there is a watch face with extra large digits, secondly you can make the watch speak the time and with SIRI and Voice Over enabled it is a great watch for visually impaired people.

Taylor  
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right. Every app that can be is accessible, and they're truly focused on making everything usable, rather than just losing money because they're hard to use.

Sandra
The iPhone might be a status symbol I think with some sighted people. As for me as a blind person, I saw my nieces Samsung galaxy. It was definitely more confusing than the iPhone. Now I have learned the iPhone so instead of trying to find something else I need to try to learn, I've basically stuck with that. I do think that lots of blind folks in the beginning purchased the iPhone because of the excess ability, not because of the status symbol.  


Permenter  
In my case I like iPhone zoom function I can zoom anything and I don't use VO very often. But I do have to invert the colors  and its way easier with my iPhone than it was with android. I could care less about being a "status symbol"

Alex  
Because it is the easiest and best smartphone for the visually impaired.


Ann
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right.
I personally feel that Apple has always been making it possible for the blind, deaf, visually impaired and the hearing impaired to function in the world of smart technology.  Just look at their latest release.  

Sure there are some bugs, but they totally have the market on accessibility.  People should always do research and do what is best for them.  
No need to fly flags about it, just do what is best for you.
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right. Every app that can be is accessible, and they're truly focused on making everything usable, rather than just losing money because they're hard to use. 
Apple products are designed with accessibility included. There is minimal setup required. In my experience, Apple products have more accessibility features built in than Windows or Android.

Teresa
Apple products are designed with accessibility included. There is minimal setup required. In my experience, Apple products have more accessibility features built in than Windows or Android.
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Gerry
I have been using Apple products for about 6 years. I have an iPhone 6 and an iPad mini. I am able to use a smartphone now, where before I couldn't. Voice Over is a built in screen reader that works quite well. I listen to Bard Moblie, Audible.com and music all from my iphone with the help of a bluetooth speaker. I also check my emails and send and recieve text messages. Oh btw I am almost totally blind.

Diane
Basically, Apple products can be used right out of the box. Might cost a bit more but if you include screen readers for other products you're still paying around the same.

Bridget  
In my case I like iPhone because I can zoom anything and I don't use VO very often but I do have to invert the colors  and its way easier with my iPhone than it was with android. I could care less about being a "status symbol"

Alex  
Because it is the easiest and best smartphone for the visually impaired.

Victoria  
Well, I can tell you that I use an iPhone because it is extremely user-friendly for me. I don't have to struggle to figure out how to do things. Voiceover is reliable and many many apps are accessible with it. I can rest a short that every app made by Apple will be accessible.

Barry 
After listening to lots of reviews by visually impaired people , it seemed that the iPhone was the simplest to use for those of us who cannot actually see what's on the screen at all. That is why I bought mine, and I am very, very pleased that I did. …And people hardly ever see my phone so it most certainly is not a status symbol in my case…

Ann 
I have lost all of my high partial vision to retinitis pigmentosa several years ago. When I got  my iPhone, I felt like I've been given my vision back in someways. Not everyone can get a computer from blind services and similar organizations.
To me, and I phone is just perfect for what I wanted to do for me. For many years, I had net by phone and Internet speech. I wish someone had told me back then, that an iPhone had speech on it I could've save myself a lot of $$.