Apps for people with visual impairment

Mobile apps offer access to useful technology wherever you go, and this includes those designed for people with sight loss. We've highlighted the most accessible apps that you can use on your smartphone to help you with tasks in everyday life.

In most cases, these are available on Android devices via the Google Play Store, as well as on iPhones and iPads via the app store.

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Microsoft Soundscape is an app designed to make it easier for you to explore towns and cities, by using innovative audio-based technology so that you can build a mental map of your surroundings and feel more comfortable within unfamiliar spaces.

Be My Eyes is a free smartphone app, which uses your device's camera to connect people with sight loss to sighted volunteers via a live video call.

Headspace is a subscription-based app that allows you to practice mindfulness through daily meditations. It claims that it will teach you how to meditate.

Seeing AI is a free app for Apple iOS devices that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to describe the world around you, including nearby people, text, and objects, and it also scans barcodes.

EasyReader is a free app that gives you access to the world's largest collection of talking book and newspaper libraries and is compatible with Voiceover and Talkback.