When using VoiceOver on an iOS device, selecting text has been a chunky process in the past; however, there is a new way to select text in iOS 9! Simply add Text Selection to your rotor settings; go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Rotor and check "Text Selection".
Now, go into a document, email, or Internet article. Place your cursor to the left of the first character that you want to select. Turn the rotor, stopping on Text Selection. (Rotor gesture: with two fingers on the screen, twist as if you were turning a dial; Bluetooth keyboard rotor command: up + right arrow; braille display rotor command: 5+6+space.) Once the rotor is on Text Selection, use one finger swipe down to choose how much text will be selected. The options are: character selection, word selection, line selection, page selection or select all. Next, use a right swipe to select or a left swipe to deselect. Example: If you used the down swipe to select by words, a right swipe will select one word at a time. Right swipe will again will select the next word, etc. If you used the down swipe to select by lines, a right swipe will select the entire line.
Once the text is selected, you can copy or cut by:
- Turn the rotor to Edit then a one finger swipe down will go through the options of copy or cut. Additional options may be available depending on which app you are in. Example: If you are in a Pages document and have selected text, when the rotor is set to Edit, you now have the options of style, copy, comment, cut, paste, select all, delete and highlight.
- Use the Bluetooth keyboard command to copy (cmd + C) or cut (cmd X).
- Use the refreshable braille display command to copy (C Chord) or cut (X Chord).