Accessibility

iOS devices support a number of accessibility features not listed here. For more information, refer to the Apple support site. You can also check your accessibility settings by going to your device’s settings screen and tapping Accessibility.

Visual features

Night mode

Acrobat’s Night Mode inverts black and white in low light conditions and increases contrast. Night mode also reduces eye strain and extends your battery life:

  1. Open a document.

  2. Tap the view mode icon (varies depending on the current mode).

  3. Enable Night Mode.

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Note

You can also keep the PDF screen from dimming by enabling your device’s screen brightness lock.

Keep screen on

You can keep your screen on to prevent the device from dimming while reading a PDF document. Every time you open a new document, the keep screen on feature is disabled by default. To enable the feature:

  1. Open a document.

  2. Tap the view settings icon.

  3. Enable Keep Screen On.

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Note

The ‘Keep screen on’ feature is automatically disabled after 30 mintues of inactivity. Touch the screen anywhere to restart the timeout duration.

Reading in low light

You can use your device’s night shift feature to improve readability in low light conditions. Doing so reduces eye strain and extends battery life.

  1. Go to your device’s settings screen.

  2. Tap Display and Brightness.

  3. Tap Night Shift.

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  1. Configure the settings. Depending on your OS version, you can schedule night shift mode, manually enable the feature, and control the overall hue.

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Display brightness

Set your display’s brightness to enhance readability as needed.

  1. Go to your device’s settings screen.

  2. Tap Display and Brightness.

  3. Set the brightness level.

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Inverting colors

Your device settings include an option to invert colors. To invert colors:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. Tap Display & Text Size.

  4. Choose one:

    • Enable Smart Invert: It inverts most colors but leaves images, media, and some apps in their original state.

    • Enable Classic Invert: It inverts everything.

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Note

You can also change the contrast, text size, and other display features from this screen.

Dark mode

For users of iOS 13+, the October, 2019 Acrobat release supports dark mode. Dark mode’s high contrast display may improve readability in low light environments as well as extend battery life. For some users, dark mode is an important accessibility feature that maintains color meaning and preserves image representation better than the night mode feature.

  1. Go to your device’s settings screen.

  2. Tap Display and Brightness.

  3. Choose light or dark mode.

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Dynamic type

The iOS Dynamic Type feature allows you to specify a preferred text size. Acrobat’s support for Dynamic Type means that its user interface will automatically scale fonts according to your settings. To increase or decrease Acrobat’s font size:

  1. Go to your device’s settings screen.

  2. Tap Display and Brightness > Text Size.

  3. Adjust the slider to your preferred setting.

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Audio features

Voiceover

The app supports VoiceOver, the iOS built-in screen reader. VoiceOver allows someone with a visual impairment to use simple gestures to hear PDF content. With the October, 2019 release, VoiceOver support extends to Acrobat’s Continuous reading mode. To enable VoiceOver:

  1. Go to your device’s settings screen.

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. Tap VoiceOver, and enable the feature.

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Gesture features

The app supports the standard VoiceOver gestures as described in Apple’s documentation.

There are also custom actions that help you access files. To display a context board for any file in a file list (Home, Files, Shared, and Search):

  1. Swipe down with one-finger on a file.

  2. When you hear “Context Board”, double-tap.

Keyboard shortcuts

If your device has a keyboard, Acrobat supports the following shortcuts:

Shortcut

Function

⌘+ up arrow

Navigation Home (first page of the document)

⌘ + down arrow

Navigation End (last page of the document)

⌥ + up arrow

Scroll up / previous page

⌥ + down arrow

Scroll down / next page

Shift + spacebar

Scroll up / previous page

Spacebar

Scroll down / next page

PageUp

Scroll up / previous page

PageDown

Scroll down / next page

Up arrow

Pan up

Down Arrow

Pan down

Left Arrow

Pan left

Right Arrow

Pan right

⌘ + +

Zoom in

⌘ + -

Zoom out