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Navigation and communication

A guide to the various apps and tools available to blind and partially sighted users when it comes to navigating around and communicating with the world.

In this section

GPS Navigation

RNIB examines what GPS navigation software has assistive technology, and how apps like Blind Square and SoundScape are helpful for blind people to navigate.

How NaviLens helps people with sight loss get the information they need

Our brief guide to NaviLens for users with sight loss explains what NaviLens can do, how to install the app and how to use it at home and out and about.

Accessible options for video calling

An RNIB guide considering how blind and partially sighted people can access video calling like Zoom, WhatsApp and Facebook.

WhatsApp accessibility and features

WhatsAp​p is the most widely used messaging application in the world. It’s really simple to install on your phone and it’s easy to use and free.

Helpful Apps

An RNIB guide to accessible apps, and what apps can do for blind and partially sighted users. There are also specific apps for the visually impaired you may find useful.

Guide to accessible social media

An RNIB introduction to the most popular social media platforms, how accessible they are for blind and partially sighted people and where to go for more help.