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AssistiveTouch or how to use an iPhone or iPad with broken buttons


After you turn on the AssistiveTouch function, the AssistiveTouch menu button appears. You can drag it to any edge of the screen, and then click to open the menu itself.

You can enable AssistiveTouch in several ways.

  • Go to Settings> General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch and enable the AssistiveTouch option.
  • Contact Siri to request “Enable AssistiveTouch”.
  • Go to Settings> General> Accessibility> Keyboard Shortcut and enable the AssistiveTouch option.

When the Universal Access Quick Command option is turned on, the AssistiveTouch function can be turned on and off on any screen by triple-clicking the side button on iPhone X or later. If the device has a Home button, just press it three times. To adjust the triple-click speed on iPhone X or later, select Settings> General> Accessibility> Side Button. To set the velocity, select Default, Slow, or Very Slow. If the device has a Home button, select Settings> General> Universal Access> Home and select a velocity.

After you turn on the AssistiveTouch function, the AssistiveTouch menu button appears.

You can drag it to any edge of the screen. Click on it to open this menu. To close the AssistiveTouch menu, click this button when it is open.

Using AssistiveTouch to control your device

Using AssistiveTouch, you can find and configure specific device parameters, such as volume, rotation or screen lock, and many others. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and select the option you want to change.

If your device is running iOS 11 or earlier, you can turn it off using AssistiveTouch. To turn off the device, follow these steps:

  1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and click on the “Device” icon.
  2. Touch the lock screen and hold your finger until the “Turn off” slider appears.

The AssistiveTouch function can also be used to go to the main screen. To do this, just open the AssistiveTouch menu and click the "Home" icon. To start Siri, open the AssistiveTouch menu and click the Siri icon. Siri is only available on devices with iOS 5 or later.

To access notifications, open the AssistiveTouch menu and click the Notification Center icon. To go to the Control Center, open the AssistiveTouch menu and click the corresponding icon. On this screen, you can turn Bluetooth on and off, use the AirPlay and AirDrop functions, take a picture and perform many other actions.

Using AssistiveTouch with 3D Touch

On iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, you can use 3D Touch and AssistiveTouch at the same time. 3D Touch technology provides quick access to frequently used functions, including sending messages and emails, as well as a camera. To set up 3D Touch, open the AssistiveTouch menu and click Arbitrary.

If 3D Touch is turned on, the first time you click, you’ll see some of the content you are viewing, such as a message. Pressing it again will allow you to view the entire contents.

3D Touch gesture selection

  1. Go to Settings> General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch> Customize Top Level Menu> 3D Touch Action.
  2. Select the action that you want to perform when you lightly or strongly press the AssistiveTouch icon when the 3D Touch function is on.

Using gestures

On iPhone X or later, you can use gestures to quickly navigate, multitask, adjust settings, and access frequently performed tasks.

Swipe or drag items with a few fingers:

  1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and click on the "Device"> "More"> "Gestures" icon.
  2. Select the required number of fingers to perform the desired gesture.
  3. When circles appear on the screen, swipe or drag them in the direction necessary for the gesture.
  4. When finished, press the menu button.

  1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and click on the Favorites icon> Pinch.
  2. When the circles for this gesture are displayed, move them anywhere on the screen.
  3. Drag these circles in or out.
  4. When finished, press the menu button.

You can create your own gesture using one of the methods described below.

  • Open the AssistiveTouch menu. Click the Own icon, and then select the location provided for the new gesture. .
  • Go to Settings> General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch> Create New Gesture. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

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How to enable Assistive Touch?

  • Go to Settings Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  • Go to the section The mainthen in Universal access.
  • Open menu Assist touch in section Physiology and motility. Slide the switch to On.

How to enable Assistive Touch

1: Go to "Settings »On your device

2: Click “The main »

3: Click “Universal access »

4: Click “Assist touch »

5: Click switch Near AssistiveTouch to turn it on

A dark square with a white circle should appear on the screen. This is the launch button for the Assistive Touch menu and it will be everywhere. You can click on it to open or drag it to any convenient place on the screen.

You can also activate Assistive Touch with Siri.

How to use Assistive Touch

1: Click on the button Assist touch

2: Choose option :

  • Notification center : displays the "Notification Center", so it’s unnecessary to make a gesture from top to bottom at the top of the screen.
  • Apparatus : opens a submenu where you can perform various actions with the device, such as: locking the screen, changing the volume, rotating the screen and much more.
  • Command centre : displays the “Control Point” screen, so it is unnecessary to make a gesture from bottom to top at the bottom of the screen.
  • Home : Duplicates the functions of the Home button, closes an open application or returns to the first tab of the desktop.
  • Siri : Activates Siri.
  • Gestures : Allows you to perform and add custom gestures.

Note : These are the default buttons, but you can change them as you wish.

How to add custom gestures for Assistive Touch

1: Go to "Settings »On your device

2: Click “The main »

3: Click “Universal access »

4: Click “Assist touch »

5: Click “Create a new gesture »

6: Click or swipe to create a new gesture. A series of taps will be combined into one multi-touch gesture.

7: Click “Stop »In the lower right corner of the screen when you finish your gesture.

8: Click “Start "To watch the gesture,"Record "To rewrite or"Save »In the upper right corner to save it.

9: Drive title gesture

Your custom gesture will now be available to you in the menu. Assistive Touch → User . You can also add custom gestures by clicking "User »In the Assistive Touch menu and pressing one of add buttons .

How to customize the top level menu for Assistive Touch

1: Go to "Settings »On your device

2: Click “The main »

3: Click “Universal access »

4: Click “Assist touch »

5: Click “Customize Top Menu »

6: Click on one of the "Add »Or click on an existing icon

7: Choose the function or act

8: Click on plus or minus button in the lower right corner to add or remove a button. The maximum number of icons is eight.

These icons will be the first you see when you activate the Assistive Touch menu.

If you didn’t like what you created, you can click “Reset “... at the bottom of the screen.

Why do I need an Assistive Touch (virtual Home button)? The function - one of Apple's best practices for people with disabilities - allows you to quickly access specific applications and settings using gestures. This is useful when you are unable to use the physical buttons of the iPhone (for example, the lock button or the volume button are broken, and it will not work to fix the breakdown quickly).

How to enable the virtual Home button on the screen of iPhone or iPad (Assistive Touch)

Open SettingsThe mainUniversal accessAssist touch (in order to quickly find it, scroll down the screen. By the way, evaluate how many useful things Apple came up with for people with various diseases!).

After that, a square button with rounded corners and a white circle with diverging circles in the center will appear in the lower right corner of the iPhone or iPad display. This is the Assistive Touch. Now with it you can also control your gadget.

If you have the Keyboard Shortcut function active, turning Assistive Touch on or off on any screen (lock screen, Home screen, application) is done by triple pressing the physical Home button. Click speed can be adjusted along the way Universal accessHome .

You can also activate Assistive Touch using Siri's voice prompt.

What does Assistive Touch do?

1. Opening of the Notification Center

2. Emulation of gestures. You can make different gestures using one finger. For example, you can record multitasking gestures and, if necessary, call them programmatically.

4. Opening of the Control Center

5. Emulation of pressing the Home button

Points 3 and 5 can be used if the Home button is broken or buggy.

There is also a Device button that opens a submenu. It has several functions: screen lock, volume up / down, mute, forced screen orientation.

The “More” submenu hides:

  • Shake emulation
  • Call Multitasking Panel
  • Create a screenshot. Again, it is convenient if the Home and Power buttons are buggy or do not work.

Assistive Touch usability

I have this button for a couple of weeks hanging on the screen of the iPhone and iPad. During this time, I noticed that sometimes it interferes with some actions on the phone. For example, during photographing. Fortunately, you can move it to any convenient place on the screen.

Does an ordinary person benefit from it? Yes, sometimes it’s easier to perform some actions through the Assistive Touch panel, but this is a matter of habit. Among the shortcomings: on the large screen of the iPad, it was possible to make the panel differently than on the iPhone. It would be possible to make all the functions on one screen without any submenus. Or make custom buttons. For example, if the creation of screenshots would be in two touches, then I would have done so.

Here is such an interesting feature available in iOS. A bit unfinished, but it's better than nothing.

Apple products are considered fairly reliable. Indeed, in service centers - mechanical damage to the case or display. Another typical “sore” of iOS devices is the failure of a button. But even in such a situation, you can fully use your phone or tablet.

A life-saving tool for owners of broken gadgets - AssistiveTouch . This is a special menu that was designed to simplify the work of the device by people with disabilities. But, in fact, the functionality of all the buttons of your device is duplicated in this menu. Thus, you can continue to use your gadget until you go to the service center. Please note that the menu Assist touch appeared in iOS 5 so use this feature on iPhone 2G , iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 1/2 not allowed.

Take a screenshot

The shortcut displayed on the display with the corresponding function allows you to make another chip - a screenshot. And many users know about it and actively use it. It is also a convenient way to take a screenshot of the screen. So the lock button is not the only advantage of Assistive Touch technology.

If you have both buttons saved on the device, you don’t need to reach up to 2 elements with your fingers to click on them. And, admittedly, this is very convenient.

The only nuance when you need to make a second screen shot, that is, capture a quick moment, it is better to use the usual button. The fact is that the screen element works even with a small (in a split second), but a delay. But if the image is static and time allows, the Assistive Touch will be a good helper.

Is it convenient to use this function? The answer is obvious - yes, of course. Moreover, the shortcut can be moved around the screen to any place. At the same time, the button is always at hand and it does not interfere with the user. For all these reasons, many users today can’t imagine working on an iOS gadget without this technology.

It allows you to fully control the device and perform actions such as swiping or mixing with a few fingers. Thanks to her, you can use Siri and 3D Touch.

Practical use of the Assistive Touch function

Thanks to this technology, you can search and make settings for certain elements of the gadget. Let's say you adjust the sound volume, rotate or lock the display, and much more. But to get started, you need to open the menu and select the item to be changed.

Upon completion, to disable the technology, take the following steps:

  • Launch the menu and click on the icon labeled “Device”.
  • Touch the lock screen and do not release until the shutdown slider is displayed.

The technology under consideration can still be used for the transition to the main screen. And this is done very simply - by opening the AssistiveTouch menu and clicking on the home icon. To start Siri you need to re-open the menu and click on the assistant icon. But note that Siri is only available on gadgets with OSes version 5 and later.

To go to notifications, as always, first open the menu. Next, click on the notification center shortcut. After that, click on the control point. A screen will appear where you can activate or deactivate Bluetooth, use the AirPlay and AirDrop functions, take pictures and much more. Then the photos can be transferred to the computer.

Using technology with 3D Touch

To select a 3D Touch gesture, do the following:

  • Log in to the basic settings, go to the access point, select Assistive Touch. Next, click on the settings of the top-level menu and select “3D Touch Action”.
  • Stop your choice on the specific actions that should be performed on the machine with a significant or slight touch on the Assistive Touch icon, provided that 3D Touch is turned on.

Gadget control using gestures

To swipe or drag an item with just a few fingers, you need to:

  • Make the Assistive Touch menu launch and click on the device icon, then go to the "More" section, and then select gestures.
  • Decide on the number of fingers with which you will make a gesture.
  • When the circles appear on the display, you need to brush away or move them in the direction where the gesture will go.
  • When finished, click on the menu button.

For the introduction of fingers requires:

  • Open the menu again and click on your favorites, and then select the "Finger-joint" option.
  • When displaying circles, you need to drag them to the desired segment of the display.
  • Move items out or in.
  • End the procedure by pressing the menu button.

Also, the user has the opportunity to create his own unique gesture. He can do this in one of the following ways:

  • Launch the menu, go to your favorites, and then choose a place to add a new gesture.
  • Go to the main settings, go to universal access, then select the Assistive Touch and the function of creating a new gesture. All that remains is to follow the instructions suggested by the system.

What is Assistive Touch?

Assistive Touch is a virtual button that you can hold on the screen of your iPhone or iPad and, if necessary, by clicking on it, call up the multi-function menu and through it perform various actions! By the way, you can resort to Assistive Touch help even when the top or bottom screen tap doesn’t work for you, but more on that later.

This feature was originally created for users with disabilities in order to simplify their use of the iPhone or iPad. If among my readers there are those to whom this button makes life easier precisely because of limited capabilities, write me in a personal email or mail and I will try to describe even more about the special features of the iPhone!

To enable this function, you need to go to your menu in your gadget SettingsThe mainUniversal access and in the subsection Interaction turn on AssistiveTouch. Right after that you will see a gray square with a white circle in the center:

Assistive Touch Tricks

Those who have already turned on Assistive Touch on their gadget may be interested in a few tricks to further simplify their use of the iPhone. First, you need to be in the Assistive Touch settings menu (what is in Settings - Basic - Universal Access), and just below the switch itself there is an item Top level menu. Oh yes, this is where you can enable and replace the icons in the main menu of the virtual assistant:

If you click on one of the items in the frame, you can choose what exactly will be in this place, and if the number of buttons needs to be changed, the icon counter at the bottom of the screen will help. For example, if the Power button just doesn’t work for you, as on my friend’s phone, then you can leave it only and then pressing the Assistive Touch button will immediately turn off the screen of your iPhone! Or you can leave only 2 buttons - Lock screen and Screenshot, as they use the Power button!

The second trick is that the Assistive Touch icon itself on the iPhone screen can be called up without running through all the Settings menus, but simply by triple pressing the Home button! To do this, go to SettingsThe mainUniversal access and at the very bottom in the section Keyboard shortcut choose AssistiveTouch! After that, a quick triple press on the Home button will bring up the treasured gray square on the screen with a white circle in the middle 🙂

I am sure that many of my readers will appreciate such a convenient and useful Assistive Touch function and will be able to simplify their life if one of the buttons on your iPhone or iPad suddenly stops working! In case you have difficulties with the iPhone due to physiological limitations, you can use not only this assistant, but also other special functions of the smartphone. Join my groups on Facebook and Vkontakte, as well as share this article with friends and family 🙂