Accessible Apps For Blind And Visually Impaired People

Hello everyone,

Firstly, I’d just like to say thank you so much for all the feedback on my last post, it’s the most amount of feedback that I’ve had and it really means so much to me, keep it coming! I thought I’d do a blog post on the apps that I use on my iPhone, iPad and iPod, some of them are especially made for blind and visually impaired people and others are just normal apps. I hope you enjoy this post!


Apps for blind and visually impaired people:

Tap Tap See

This app helps blind and visually impaired people recognise objects and oher things, for example tins of fruit or books.

Cam Find

This app is a low budget version of Tap Tap See.

KNFB Reader

This app is like a ClearReader, you can scan a printed document and it uses text-to-speech software to read out loud what is on the page. For example, it will read letters/menus.


This  does the same thing as KNFB Reader but it is a lot cheaper. Despite the price difference it is still great.

Voice Dream Reader

With this app you can import word documents, pdf documents etc and it uses text-to-speech software to read them out loud. I use this for reading books for university all the time.

Voice Dream Writer

This app helps you proofread essays and anything else, it is also great for helping you structure essays.

LookTel Money Reader

This app identifies money, if you’re like me and rubbish at identifying money it is great for telling you which is a £5 note or a £20 note etc.


This is a good app directory for accessible games etc.

Ariadne GPS

This is a GPS app for blind and visually impaired people. It helps you navigate places, save routes and so much more.

BlindSquare GPS

This is the same as Ariadne GPS, it does have some differences and some similarities. It can help you identify travel, restaurants, shops and uses Google maps/Apple maps to help you navigate to a particular place.

RNIB Overdrive

This app was created by the RNIB, it allows blind and partially sighted users to access talking books, podcasts and so much more from the RNIB library using the app or from the website on a PC.


Allows blind and visually impaired people to take selfies.


Other apps that I use:

National rail

This app tells you what stops you are at and it also tells you train times.

The Train Line

This allows you to book tickets and is accessible with VoiceOver.

Bus checker

This app tells you what bus is coming next at a bus stop.


It allows you to write documents. It also comes with a range of templates, for example CV or letter templates which are really useful.


It allows you to read books from Amazon’s Kindle website using VoiceOver. The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver.


It gives you access to Amazon’s audible website that has a huge range of audiobooks. It is also fully accessible with VoiceOver.


This is a social networking website.


You may be wondering how why a blind girl would want to use a photo based social networking app…I upload pictures that other people take for me.


Again, this is a social networking website.


This is a search engine.


Allows me to watch and upload videos.


 Allows users to listen to music from just about any genre, artist or playlist.


 A great app for texting/voice messaging people.


Identifies songs.


I use this app to post my blog posts and read other people’s.


Users can watch a huge range of TV shows and films. It also has audio description in a lot of its content which is great.


These are just a few apps that are available and also accessible for blind and visually impaired people. I know there are thousands more out there but these are the ones that I use.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any blog post suggestions please do let me know!


Hol x



  1. March 16, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Another great post Holly! I will definitely have to check out some of these apps because i hadn’t even heard of a lot of them so this post was extremely helpful! I hope you’re doing well lovely xx

  2. March 17, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these. I am a mum of a 4 year old who is visually impaired and I often wonder what kind of apps would she be able to access as she gets older. It’s reassuring that there are people out like there like yourself who clearly use technology to great effect. Thank you!

    • March 17, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      That means a lot, thank you so much! I’m really glad you found it useful. She can achieve anything she wants to 🙂

  3. September 1, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing these useful information. If you have a visual impairment, a smartphone can help you to be more independent.

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