How to Use AssistiveTouch on iPhone/iPad

By Carrie Murray, Wednesday, May 09, 2017

Apple has released the accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch since iOS 5. The feature, which can replace all hardware buttons with touch screen button, is meant to make it more easily for people with physical disabilities to control their iOS devices. Recently, more users notice the convenience of AssistiveTouch and make use of this feature to be the equivalent of the broken home button, control the device with custom gestures, etc. If you are still unfamiliar with the feature, learn about how to use AssistiveTouch to make things more easily on iPhone/iPad with this tutorial.

Part 1. How to Turn on AssistiveTouch on iPhone/iPad in iOS 10

There are three ways to turn on AssistiveTouch on iPhone/iPad.

  • Open your iPhone or iPad, navigate to "Settings" > "General" > "Accessibility" > "AssistiveTouch" and toggle on AssistiveTouch.

  • Access to Siri and tell it to "Turn on AssistiveTouch".

  • Tap on "Settings", scroll down to choose "Accessibility Shortcut" and tick "AssistiveTouch".

Turn on Assistive Touch

Part 2. How to Use AssistiveTouch on iPhone/iPad

After you have enable AssistiveTouch, you'll find a floating button added to the screen. To use AssistiveTouch, tap on the button to bring out AssistiveTouch menu. Most users use AssistiveTouch to:

1. Quickly access Siri, Notification Center, Control Center. Open AssistiveTouch and choose your next action.

2.Replace physical buttons, including the Home button, Sleep/Wake button, Volume Up/Down button, which is extremely useful when the hardware buttons couldn't work or you want to protect the buttons by reducing the uses of them.

Assistive Touch Top Level Screen

On the AssistiveTouch menu, tap on "Home" to simulate the Home button. Or choose "Device" to access the options of lock screen, volume up/down or mute.

Assistive Touch Replace Physical Button

Tip: Long press on "Lock Screen", you are able to turn the device off.

3. Perform screenshot, screen rotation, app switching. On the AssistiveTouch, choose "Device", where you can rotate the screen, take a screenshot by tapping "Screenshot" or switching to other app by tapping "Multitasking".

4. Use custom gestures. Open AssistiveTouch, click "Custom" to use gestures like pinch, double tap. If you are using iPhone 6s/6s Plus/7/7 Plus, you can find "3D Touch" on the custom gesture option.

Assistive Touch Use Gestures

With AssistiveTouch, you can do more than the functions mentioned above. To satisfy your personalized need, you can customize the AssistiveTouch or add new gesture to the menu.

Part 3. How to Set up AssistiveTouch on iPhone/iPad in iOS 10

Customize the Top Level Menu

Step 1. Enter AssistiveTouch settings on "Settings" > "General" > "Accessibility" > "AssistiveTouch". Choose "Customize Top Level Menu";

Step 2. Add or reduce the numbers of icons appearing on the Top Level menu;

Step 3. Or tap on one certain icon to change. For example, if you want to switch Siri to Multitasking on the menu, tap on the Siri icon and choose "Multitaking". You'll find the Siri icon is replaced by Multitasking.

Customize Assistive Touch Menu

Create New Gesture

You can create new gesture in two ways:

  • Open the AssistiveTouch menu. Tap "Custom", then select the + icon and you'll be leaded to the gesture creating screen.

  • Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Accessibility" > "AssistiveTouch" > "Create New Gesture". Tap or swipe to create a new gesture and then click "Save" to save the gesture.

Assistive Touch Add Gesture

If you find this tutorial useful, share it with friends who may need AssistiveTouch via Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and more.

Part 4. Video Guide to Use Assistive Touch

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