How-To enable VoiceOver feature in your jailbroken iPad

Supposed that we are in possession of a jailbroken iPad if we want to enable VoiceOver feature in the iPad there is not a Cydia package unfortunately.

We can anyway accomplish to this task manually following three simple steps:

Step 1 – preparation

You need to install and enable the OpenSSH service first. Once this is done you need to log into the iDevice via command-line or via Cyberduck or any through other SSH client. Unless you changed them for security reasons (as suggestes) the passwords for the root and mobile users are well known:

  • username: root, password: dottie
  • username: mobile, password: alpine

Step 2 – configuration

Once logged into the iPad you need to reach and edit (with ‘vim’ or any other text-editor) the file K48AP.plist at this path:

/System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/K48AP.plist

and add the following line :

<key>voice-control</key>
<true/>

as shown below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>capabilities</key>
<dict>
            <key>voice-control</key>
            <true/>
            <key>720p</key>
             <true/>
      .........

Step 3 – conclusion

As last you need to reboot your iPad, after that you can activate the VoiceOver feature control, holding for a few seconds the ‘Home’ button.. and start speaking!!

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Marco M.C. is a System Administrator with 10 years of professional experience in ICT. He has deep knowledge of Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux. His hobbies vary from DIY, Traveling, learning foreign languages and especially he love to cook and experiment with food from all around the world.
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