Last updated: December 29, 2016
TTY on the iPhone is a service that converts spoken audio to text, and it is a feature that is available on the iPhone. Your iPhone has a location called the status bar which contains important information about the current state of your device. Your are probably familiar with the battery life indicator and your network status, but you may see a small phone icon with dots underneath it, and wonder what it means. That phone icon indicates that TTY is currently enabled on your iPhone. TTY is a service used by people that are deaf or hard of hearing, and it converts spoken audio to text.
But if the TTY symbol is visible at the top of your iPhone screen and you do not need or use a TTY device, then you may decide to turn it off. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can disable it if you desire.
You can read here to learn more about your iPhone’s status bar.
How to Disable or Enable the TTY iPhone Feature in iOS 10
The steps in this section were written using an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2. Note that the method for enabling or disabling TTY on an iPhone was different in earlier versions of iOS, so you can continue to the next setting if these iOS 10 steps are not working on your device.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Accessibility option.
Step 4: Scroll down and select the TTY menu item.
Step 5: Enable or disable the TTY iPhone settings on this menu as needed. Note that some additional TTY options will display if you enable the Software TTY option.
Summary – How to enable or disable the TTY iPhone settings
- Tap Settings.
- Select General.
- Select Accessibility.
- Open the TTY menu.
- Adjust the TTY iPhone settings as needed.
How to Turn Off TTY on an iPhone 6 in iOS 9
The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.3. The result of following these steps will be an iPhone where TTY is turned off, and the TTY symbol is removed from the top of your screen.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap the Phone option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of TTY to turn it off. You will know that it is turned off when there is no green shading around the button, and the TTY symbol is no longer visible in the status bar. TTY is turned off in the picture below.
The iPhone status bar can display a number of other icons as well. For example, there is often a small arrow that is visible. Find out what that arrow icon means, and see where you can find more information about what triggered it to appear in the first place.
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