Mobile testing

Mobile accessibility testing can come in two forms. It can test how responsive a web application is in a mobile phone or tablet viewport, or it can test native applications developed specifically for phones or tablets. Responsive web testing can be done using a desktop or appropriate mobile or tablet hardware. Native mobile testing requires the actual mobile or tablet hardware, as they come with assistive technology to allow users with disabilities to access all forms of digital content. Specific knowledge of gestures and commands are also required for native mobile testing purposes. This has become an important part of comprehensive accessibility testing, as more and more people rely on their phones and tablets for their digital needs.

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Mobile screen readers

About Rotor

You can use the VoiceOver rotor to change how VoiceOver works. You can change the VoiceOver volume or speaking rate, move from one item to the next on the screen, and more.

Learn more about VoiceOver Rotor
Task Gesture
Start (or stop) VoiceOver (When setting is enabled) Triple-press home button or side button (for full screen devices without home button)
Pause/restart reading Two-finger tap
Start reading continuously from this point on Two-finger swipe down
Read entire page Two-finger swipe up
Read next item Swipe right
Activate link or button Double-tap
Close popup, cancel last action Two-finger scrub
Go to next heading, landmark, list, link Rotor, swipe down
Choose from a complete list of items on page Two-finger triple-tap
Navigate table cells Swipe up, down, left or right
Go to next list item Swipe right
Go to next image Rotor, swipe right
Go to first/last item on page 4 finger tap upper/lower half of screen
Scrolling 3 finger swipe up, down, left, or right
Go to previous heading, landmark, list, link Swipe up
Full list of VoiceOver (iOS) gestures shortcuts
  • The local context menu (LCM): contains navigation options relevant to the current page. Options appear in a circle by default. Open the local context menu by swiping up, then right.
  • The global context menu (GCM): contains options relevant anywhere on your device. Options appear in a circle and in the corners of the screen, by default. Open the global context menu by swiping down, then right.
  • Firefox Browser Navigation (FBN): The Firefox browser adds navigation features using three-finger swipes. Swiping up or down with three fingers chooses an element type, and swiping left or right with three fingers moves to the next or previous element of that type.
Task Gesture
Turn TalkBack on Power button, then hold two fingers on screen
Turn TalkBack off Must be turned off in the device accessibility settings
Open the Global Context Menu (GCM) Swipe down, then right
Open the Local Context Menu (LCM) Swipe up, then right
Stop reading Single tap
Read from this point on GCM, Read from next item
Read next item Swipe right
Repeat last GCM: Repeat last utterance
Activate link or button Double tap
Go to next heading LCM or FBN: headings
Go to next landmark/region LCM: Landmarks
Go to main content region Use the “Skip to Main Content” link if present, explore by touch, or use GCM Quick Nav to search for the desired section
Show list of all elements onscreen GCM: Quick navigation
Navigate table cells Swipe left or right. TalkBack reads table cells in order left to right; or explore by touch.
Go to next list LCM: List navigation
Go to next list item FBN: List items
Go to next link FBN: Links
List all elements GCM Quick Navigation
Go to first item on page Swipe up, then down
Go to last item on page Swipe down, then up
Go to home screen Swipe up, then left
Go back Swipe down, then left
Recent apps Swipe left, then up
Notifications Swipe right, then down
To previous heading, landmark, table, focusable item, etc. Swipe up or left
Full list of Talkback (Android) gestures shortcuts