How to use Assistive Touch on iPhone

Assistive Touch on iPhone

Discover how to use the Home button, volume buttons and Multi-Touch features with just one finger…

For those with impaired physical skills, or users with broken hardware buttons, Assistive Touch is a fantastic feature that enables users to fully take advantage of Multi-Touch features through the touch screen. That’s not all, it also enables you to trigger hardware features such as the volume and Home buttons, and even rotate the screen or take a screenshot.

It might sound complicated, but it’s easy to use after a little practice. Watch our video below, or read on to see how it works…

1. Enable Assistive Touch

Open the Settings app, tap General, then tap the Accessibility button. Scroll down and you’ll see a button called AssistiveTouch. Tap it, then toggle the button at the top of the screen.

Assistive Touch Setting iPhone


2. Shortcuts

You’ll see a small square button appear on the left side of the screen. By tapping this you can access a window of buttons. Tap on it and you’ll see buttons for activating Siri, functions on your device, the Home button and your favourite gestures.

Assistive Touch buttons iPhone


3. Device shortcuts

Lets begin by tapping the Device button. You’ll now see shortcuts for enabling a wide range of features, including locking the iPhone, rotating the screen and altering the volume. Tap the More button to see shortcuts for shaking the iPhone, taking a screenshot and accessing the Multitasking bar.

Assistive Touch hardward buttons iPhone


4. Create a gesture

Tap the back button to close the shortcuts window. Let’s now create a gesture. Tap the Create New Gesture button, then in the light grey window that appears, use two fingers to mimic zooming out of an image (see screenshot above). Once you’ve done, tap the Stop button, then tap the Save button at the top of the screen.

Assistive Touch iPhone new gesture


5. Save the gesture

Give the gesture a name, in this example we’ve used “Pinch Out”. Then tap the Save button. You’ll now see your new gesture saved in the Custom Gestures panel. It’s also available in the Favourites section of the shortcuts window.

New Gesture name iPhone


6. Use a gesture

To use a gesture such as pinch-to-zoom, open the shortcuts panel, tap Favourites, then tap the Pinch button. You’ll see two small arrows appear on-screen. Tap on either one of the arrows, then drag it around the screen. This will replicate a Multi-Touch gesture. This is a really great way to zoom into photos, maps or web pages by using only one finger.

Using a gesture in Assistive Touch on iPhone


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