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How to use Assistive Touch on your iPhone or iPad

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Never use Assistive Touch before? With so many productivity benefits, here's our guide on how to use, activate, and customize assistive touch on your iPhone or iPad.

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With Assistive Touch you can customize how you navigate and use your iPhone or iPad. Whether that’s replacing a button press with a gesture or returning to the home screen with a tap instead of a swipe. Here’s how we’ll show you how to turn on and use Assistive Touch and then how to customize it.

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Benefits of using AssistiveTouch

The first benefit of using AssistiveTouch is it improves your iPhone’s useability if you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing the buttons. Without any accessory, you can use AssistiveTouch to perform actions or gestures that are difficult for you. You can also use a consistent adaptive accessory (like a joystick) together with Assistive Touch to control your iPhone.

With AssistiveTouch, you can use a simple tap, double-tap, or long-tap to perform actions such as the following –

  • Open the AssistiveTouch menu
  • Go to the Home Screen
  • Double-tap
  • Perform multi-finger gestures
  • Perform scroll gestures
  • Activate Siri
  • Access Control Center, notifications, the Lock Screen, or the App Switcher

How to use Assistive Touch?

let’s start by turning it on. You can add Assistive Touch as an accessibility shortcut or ask Siri to open it. You can also find it in the settings app on your iPhone. Open Settings, scroll down, tap accessibility, and tap touch. Then click on Assistive Touch and tap to turn it on.

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The AssistiveTouch menu button will now appear on the screen. You can tap the button for quick access to dozens of different device functions; like returning to the home screen, opening the control center, bringing up Siri, and many more.

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To move the Assistive Touch, just touch and hold the menu button then drag it to a new spot. The menu button will automatically stick to the closest edge of the screen. The menu button will dim when not in use. But you can change its opacity by tapping idle opacity at the bottom of the screen.

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To use the Assistive Touch, tap the button to open the menu and then tap to select one of the functions. For example, you can now open the control center with a tab instead of a swipe.

How to customize Assistive Touch?

Now we’ll go over how to customize AssistiveTouch to fit your needs. In AssistiveTouch settings, you can change how you interact with the menu button and add new functions to the menu itself. You can assign different assistive touch functions to a single tap, double-tap, or long-press of the button.

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  • By default tapping the button once will open the AssistiveTouch menu. You can also create a new gesture by recording custom tabs and swipes which. Also, you can activate it from the AssistiveTouch menu later.
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  • To customize the touch menu, tap on customizing the top-level menu. You can change one of the button’s functions by tapping an icon. Or you can add a new function by tapping the add button which looks like a plus sign.
  • Then tap the new icon that appears in your AssistiveTouch menu layout and select a function from the list. For this article, we’ll select screenshot and then tap done. Now you can take a screenshot without having to press two physical buttons at the same time.
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  • Tap the menu button and your customize menu will open. Then tap screenshot. You can tap the menu button again to select a different function; like returning to the home screen. Now you’re ready to start using AssistiveTouch on your iPhone.

Final Thoughts

That’s all about how to use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone or iPad. To learn more about accessibility features check out our HowTo category or click another article to learn anything related to your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Please subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest tech information, suggestion, recommendation, and guidance from Anto’s Web.

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