“Switch Control” is one of the most significant features of Accessibility in iOS. It’s very helpful for people with limited mobility.

Once enabled, Switch Control changes the gestures used to control your iPhone or iPad. In other words, it lets you use your device by highlighting the items on the screen, which can be activated through an adaptive accessory. It’s pretty simple to set up. To do so, first, pair up your adaptive device with your iPhone using Bluetooth.

How to Use Switch Control in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

How to Use Switch Control in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

How to Enable Switch Control in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on GeneralAccessibilitySwitch Control.

Step #3. Turn on the switch next to Switch Control.

How to add a new switch in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap SwitchesAdd New Switch.

Step #3. Next, you have to tap a source.

  • External: Lets you activate your external switch.
  • Screen: Lets you select Full Screen afterward.
  • Camera: Allows you to select actions for Left Head Movement and Right Head Movement.

Step #4. Tap on a switch action.

Step #5. Now, you have to tap on Long Press in order to set up a long press switch action.

Step #6. Tap on a switch action again.

How to delete a switch in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Switches.

Step #3. Now, you have to swipe left on the switch you want to delete.

Step #4. Tap on Delete.

How to create a new recipe in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Wonder what this new recipe stuff is all about? Recipe refers to the set of actions you can assign to switches.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Recipes.

Step #3. Tap on “Create New Recipe”.

Now, you have to name your recipe as well as configure it with your adaptive switch or other assistive device.

How to change scanning style in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Changing the scanning style will change how you move through items on the screen. Auto Scanning is the default, but if you would prefer to be in control, you have options.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Scanning Style.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap your preferred scanning style.

  • Auto Scanning: It automatically moves focus after a certain duration.
  • Manual Scanning: Requires a switch to be engaged to move focus and a second to activate items
  • Single Switch Step Scanning: Requires a switch to be engaged to move focus, and if no action is taken within a certain amount of time, the item in focus will automatically be activated.

How to change Auto Scanning Time in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

This will change how long it takes for Switch Control to automatically scan through items on a screen.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Auto Scanning Time under Timing.

Step #3. Next, you need tap on the plus/ minus buttons to increase/decrease time.

Enable Pause on First Item

If you get to a screen but need a second to get your bearings, you can enable Pause on First Item and scanning won’t start until you say so.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Pause on First Item and then toggle on the switch.

Change the number of loops

After each item on the screen has been visited a certain number of times, the cursor will become hidden. Here’s how to change how many times the scan loops.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Loops.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap a number. You have the option to loop from 1 to 10 times.

Enable Move Repeat

If you need a little more time, Move Repeat will repeat the delay before “Move To Next/Previous Item” while a switch is pressed.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Move Repeat and toggle on the switch.

How to enable and change the duration of Long Press in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You can use Long Press to add another action to a switch that is activated when you hold it for a certain length of time. Here’s how to enable it and change its duration.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Long Press.

Step #3. Now, turn on the switch next to Long Press.

Step #4. Next up, you need to tap on the plus/ minus button to increase /decrease the length of time.

How to change tap behavior in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Tap behavior is what happens when the Select action is activated. It displays the Scanner Menu by default.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on the Tap Behavior.

Step #3. Now, you have to tap an option:

  • Default
  • Auto Tap: It lets you change the Auto Tap duration. Tap on the plus and minus buttons to change it.
  • Always Tap

How to change which item is focused after tapping in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You have the option to change the item which Switch Control scans once an item is tapped.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Focused Item After Tap.

Step #3. Now, select either First Item or Current Item.

How to enable Always Tap Keyboard Keys in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Toggle on the switch next to Always Tap Keyboard Keys.

How to enable and change hold duration in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You have the option to enable and modify a hold duration to ensure your iOS device is held for a certain amount of time before a touch or press is recognized.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Hold Duration and toggle on the switch to enable it.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap on the plus and minus buttons to increase/decrease the duration.

How to enable Ignore Repeat in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

When Ignore Repeat is enabled, multiple presses of are recognized as a single input.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Ignore Repeat and toggle on the switch to enable it.

Step #3. Next, you have to tap on the plus and minus buttons to change the duration.

How to change Gliding Cursor Speed in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Gliding Cursor Speed.

Step #3. Tap on the plus or minus button in order to increase or decrease the speed.

How to enable Sound Effects in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Toggle on the switch next to Sound Effects.

How to enable speech in Switch Control in iOS 10 iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap Speech and then toggle on the switch to enable it.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap and drag the slider left or right to change the speaking rate. Drag the slider towards the right to increase the speaking rate; drag it towards the left to slower the speaking rate.

How to change the speech voice in Switch Control in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Speech → Voices.

Step #3. Now, you have to tap a voice.

Step #4. Next, you need to tap on the play button to preview the voice, the name to enable the voice, or the download button in order to download the voice.

How to change menu items in Switch Control in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You have the option to change the menu items in Switch Control as per your convenience.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Menu Items and then tap a menu.

  • Top Level
  • Gestures
  • Device
  • Settings

Step #3. Now, you need to tap a menu item in order to disable/enable it.

Tap, hold, and drag the Reorder button (looks like three horizontal lines) in order to reorder menu items.

If you want it show only the most important items be displayed on the first page of the menu, turn on the switch next to Show Streamlined First Page to enable.

How to enable/disable Group Items in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

By grouping items, you can make navigation a lot faster.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Next, turn on the switch next to Group Items.

How to enable the large cursor in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. You need to toggle on the switch next to Large Cursor.

How to change cursor color in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You can change the cursor color as per your liking.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Tap on Cursor Color.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap your preferred color.

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange

How to create a new gesture in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Creating a new gesture is pretty simple.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on Saved Gestures.

Step #3. Tap on Create New Gesture.

Step #4. Now, you need to tap or swipe in order to create a custom gesture.

Step #5. Tap on Stop at the bottom right corner when you are done.

Step #6. Next up, tap on Play in order to preview your gesture or tap Record in order to create a new gesture.

Step #7. Tap on Save at the top right corner of your screen.

Step #8. Up next, you have to type in a name for your new gesture and then tap on Save.

Your new gesture will show up under Saved Gestures.

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