avatarby Dan BartramOctober 6, 20160 comments


AssistiveTouch is a great accessibility feature that offers people with motor skill impairments to get the most out of their iPhone or iPad. It offers a great deal of features and functions and can even help those who have issues with their Home button.

How to enable AssistiveTouch

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  5. Tap the switch next to AssistiveTouch to enable it.

A dark square with a white circle will appear on your screen and this is the shortcut to the AssistiveTouch menu. It’ll be on the top layer of every screen so will be visible no matter what App you’re in. You can tap on it to open the AssistiveTouch menu to see the various options, or drag it around the screen and out of the way if you’re trying to do something to position it where you want. You can also use Siri to activate AssistiveTouch if you so wish.

Once activated and with the shortcut on screen, there are a number of options that AssistiveTouch brings.

How to use AssistiveTouch

  1. Tap the AssistiveTouch shortcut on any screen.
  2. Tap an option:
    • Notification Center: Brings up Notification Center so you don’t have to swipe down from the top.
    • Device: Allows you to perform various functions, like locking the screen, changing the volume, rotating the screen, and more
    • Control Center: Brings up Control Center instead of having to swipe up from the bottom
    • Home: Brings you to the Home screen without having to press the Home button
    • Siri: Activates Siri
    • Custom: Allows you to perform and add custom gestures, like zooming

Not only can AssistiveTouch be used to help those who may not be able to fully utilise the hardware buttons of the iPhone or iPad, but is also useful if your Home Button no longer clicks anymore.

Have you used AssistiveTouch? Drop us a comment below and let us know if you use any of the custom gestures available.

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