Use a screen reader with Google Calendar

You can create and track events, send invites to others, accept or reject invitations, and more in Google Calendar using a screen reader.

Turn on iPhone or iPad accessibility features

If you're not already using VoiceOver, visit the Apple support site to learn how to use accessibility features on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Navigate in Google Calendar

The following navigation controls are at the top of your screen:

  • Month name: If you're in schedule view, day view, or week view, double-tap the month name to show or hide a date picker.
  • Jump to today: Double-tap to move your focus to today.
  • Views, calendars, and settings: Double-tap to open and explore this section, including:
    • Calendar views: Schedule, Day, 3 Day (on iPhone only), Week and Month.
    • Search
    • A list of your calendars
    • Settings
    • Help & Feedback

Create an event, reminder, or goal

  1. Swipe to select Create, then double tap.
  2. Swipe left or right to select Event, Reminder, or Goal.
  3. Double-tap the screen.
  4. Complete the event details.

Use navigation shortcuts in different calendar views

Choose a calendar view below to learn how to navigate.

While viewing your schedule of events, reminders, and goals

When you open your calendar, you'll be in this "Schedule view" by default.

  • Move between events, reminders, and goals: Swipe left or right.
  • Move to the previous or next day: Three-finger swipe up or down.

While viewing a single day

  • Edit the focused event, reminder, or goal: Double-tap.
  • Move to the previous or next day: Three-finger swipe up or down.
  • Move to the next or previous event, reminder, or goal: In the hour grid, swipe right or left.

While viewing the next three days

Note: This view is only available on iPhone.

  • Move to the previous or next day: Three-finger swipe up or down.
  • Move focus to the first event, reminder, or goal of the day: Swipe right.
  • Move to the previous or next event, reminder, or goal: In the hour grid, swipe right or left.
  • Edit the focused event, reminder, or goal: Double-tap.

While viewing the whole week

  • Move to the previous or next week: Three-finger swipe left or right.
  • Move focus onto the first event, reminder, or goal of the day: Swipe right.
  • Move to the next or previous event, reminder, or goal: In the hour grid, swipe right or left.
  • Edit the focused event, reminder, or goal: Double-tap.

While viewing an event, reminder, or goal

  • Move to the previous or next part of the event, reminder, or goal: Swipe right or left.
  • Exit event, reminder, or goal: Two-finger swipe in a "Z" gesture.

While creating or editing an event

  • Move to the previous or next field: Swipe right or left.
  • Exit the create or edit view: Two-finger swipe in a "Z" gesture.

While picking a date in the date picker

In schedule view, day view, or week view, double-tap the month name in the header to pick from days in the month.

Tips for navigating

  • Move one day at a time: Swipe left or right, or drag your finger over the month.
  • Move to the next or previous month: Three-finger swipe up or down.
  • Open the currently focused day: Double-tap.
  • Exit the date picker: Two-finger swipe in a "Z" gesture.
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