What is Screen Curtain and How to Use It on iPhone and Apple Watch

VoiceOver is a prominent accessibility feature that was primarily created for people with visual impairments. You can hear explanations of what’s on your screen if you have the gesture-based screen reader enabled. It keeps you in the loop with what’s going on the screen, from who is calling to battery level. As a result, even if you can’t see the screen, you can still use your device. Apple provides a function called Screen Curtain to provide the screen more privacy when the screen reader is turned on. You’ve come to the right place if you’re interested in learning more about Screen Curtain and how to use it on iPhone and Apple Watch.

How to Enable and Use Screen Curtain on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

If you already know the fundamentals, you may skip forward to the fast instructions for using this accessibility function on your iDevice.

What is Screen Curtain?

Screen Curtain is intended to protect the privacy of the screen from prying eyes, as its name suggests. In order to prevent anyone from seeing what the gesture-based screen reader is doing, it turns off the screen.

Screen Curtain makes it possible to use your smartphone while only listening to VoiceOver by making sure nothing is shown on the screen. This privacy option may play a significant role when you are in public settings like an airport or bus terminal.

Use Screen Curtain on iPhone and iPad

Once VoiceOver is enabled on your iOS/iPadOS device, you may easily activate Screen Curtain with a single gesture. Remember that when Zoom is activated, the gesture modifies slightly.

When Zoom -> Accessibility is selected:

To activate Screen Curtain on your iPhone or iPad, just tap the screen four times with three fingers. The identical motion, which involves tapping the screen with three fingers four times, can be used to turn it off.

Simply tap the screen three times with three fingers to turn off Screen Curtain on your iOS or iPadOS device when Accessibility > Zoom is off. The same motion can be used to turn it off.

  • When using a Bluetooth keyboard, you will need to use the Control + Option + Shift + S shortcut to turn on/off Screen Curtain.

Enable Screen Curtain on Apple Watch


  1. Launch Settings app on your Apple Watch.

Sadly, there isn’t a fast gesture available in watchOS to enable or disable Screen Curtain on the Apple Watch.

In order to activate it, you must go to Settings.

2. Click on Accessibility now.

Enable Screen Curtain Using Watch App on iPhone

3. Then click VoiceOver.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

4. After that, activate the switch just next to the screen curtain.

The Watch app on your iPhone can also be used to activate Screen Curtain.

2. Next, tap on Accessibility after selecting the My Watch tab.

Use Screen Curtain to Safeguard Your Privacy on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

3. After that, click VoiceOver.