How To Use Assistive touch in iPhone?

Assistive touch in iPhone
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In this article, we will see how to use assistive touch on the iPhone. But before learning how to use assistive touch on your iPhone we need to know what assistive touch is and how it can be beneficial for you.

Assistive touch is a feature or additional tool for you in your iPhone. With this tool, you can perform complicated or difficult actions/ gestures with a single tap(click).

Assistive Touch is an accessibility feature that gets the most out of your iPhone. For example, by using the assistive touch you can perform actions like taking a screenshot, going to the home screen with just a tap.

Assistive touch can be used to replace many gestures and actions or we should say create a shortcut for them. You can create shortcuts for various things which include adjusting volume, locking your screen, restarting your device, other multi-finger gestures, in any other task which comes to your mind. Now we will see how to take advantage of this feature.

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How to Enable assistive touch?

You will learn how to use assistive touch on your iPhone after turning it on in trying to use it. You cannot completely learn just by reading. Meanwhile reading it, just have your iPhone in your hand and give it a try for complete understanding. So to turn on assistive touch on your iPhone follow the steps below:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and click on accessibility.
  • Hit on the touch option and choose assistive touch.
  • Now turn the assistive touch feature on.

Or

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and click on accessibility.
  • Go to the accessibility shortcut and turn on the assistive touch.

You do not need to do all this to turn on the assistive touch tool. You can simply set Siri to work. Say ‘hi Siri’ and then give commands to turn on assistive touch. When you enable the assistive touch you will be able to see a white circle under the black square button on the screen.

This button will be on every screen irrespective of what you are using. By tapping on this you will see your assistive touch menu. If you want to move this button you can simply hold it and drag it to move it on screen.

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How To Use Assistive touch on iPhone?

After enabling the assistive touch on your iPhone you will be able to see the assistive touch button on your screen. By tapping one on this button you will be able to open the assistive touch menu. And if you tap outside the menu on the screen this will close the assistive touch menu. Tap on the assistive touch button to use it.

  • Notifications– This will open the notification center of your iPhone. you don’t have to scroll from top to bottom in order to see your notification bar.
  • Device– In this option you can perform various functions like rotating screen, adjust volume, locking the screen, etc.
  • Home– This brings you back to the home screen without pressing the home button.
  • Control center– This will open up the control center by tapping and not performing the gesture.
  • Siri– Tapping on this will make Siri activated.
  • Custom– Under this you will be able to perform and add custom gestures like zooming.

These are the default options on your assistive touch menu. You can change these options by customizing your menu anytime you want.

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Customize iPhone’s Assistive touch menu

We have already seen what the default menu looks like but here is how you can customize it.

  • Open the Settings app and tap on accessibility.
  • Select the touch option and tap on the assistive touch.
  • Finallly, your assistive touch is enabled and you will be able to see the option ‘customize top-level menu. Tap on this option.

Add a Button:

  • Tap on the plus icon which is available at the bottom right corner.
  • The newly created button and select the function or action for it.
  • Then just tap on done from the upper right corner.
  • The new button will be successfully added.

Delete a button:

  • You can also choose to remove a button from the assistive touch menu.
  • Then tap on the minus icon at the bottom right corner to remove the existing button.
  • You can repeat the same process to remove other buttons.
  • Tap on the reset button if you want default settings back.

You are not allowed to choose which button to remove. It deletes the one which is nearest to the button on the screen. You can add a button if you have deleted the wrong button.

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Add custom gestures to assistive touch

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and find accessibility and select it.
  • Select the touch option and tap on the assistive touch.
  • Tap on the ‘create new gesture’ option.
  • You can create a multi-touch gesture. Create a new gesture by series of taps or swipes and This will be combined into one multi-touch gesture.
  • When you are finished creating the gesture tap on Stop.
  • Tap on play to view the gesture you created. Tap on record to re-record the gesture.
  • Save the gesture by tapping on save in the upper right corner.
  • Add the name to the gesture you created and save it.
  • Now you can use the gesture you created.
  • Tap on the custom button on Assistive touch.
  • And choose the custom gesture you created.

Use custom actions

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Now, scroll down and find accessibility and select it.
  • Select the touch option and tap on the assistive touch.
  • Tap Single-tap, double-tap, or long-press to customize action.

Choose one of them to assign the action. Now you can choose the action to assign from the list. You will have options like none, open menu, home, notifications, Siri, control center, lock screen, volume up, volume down, mute, accessibility shortcut, shake, app switcher, screenshot, lock rotation, pinch, double-tap, SOS, analytics, reachability, restate, and speak screen.

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In the end:

In short, I will say that you should try this assistive touch feature if you are using an iPhone. After all, this is a very handy tool that makes your experience of using your iPhone very smooth. You can do complicated stuff simply. In some versions of the iPhone, you don’t get the home button.

Certainly, we miss having the home button so you can create a shortcut using assistive touch in iPhone. We hope you found the article useful.

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