Easy use: AssistiveTouch

You have an iPhone and the home or power button doesn’t work properly anymore? Then you should activate “AssistiveTouch”. If you’ve already done so, have a look further down how to personalise the little helper – you might don’t know that.

But let’s start at the beginning: Setting up “AssistiveTouch”.

You have three opportunities to activate the AssistiveTouch function on your iPhone:

  1. If you’re using Siri, then just tell her/him “turn on AssistiveTouch” and Siri will do that for you.
  2. Open Settings, then scroll upwards till you see the search box. Start typing AssistiveTouch into this box and it’ll automatically appear in the search suggestions. Click on it and then turn on the switch.

     

  3. Open Settings, go to General, then Accessibility, then AssistiveTouch and turn on the switch.


Customise it!

Once you’ve activated AssistiveTouch its menu will have preset functions. These functions are changeable and can be set up personally. First of all, you can choose how many icons you’d like to have on the menu. To do so click on “Customise Top Level Menu…” beneath the AssistiveTouch switch. Oen the gallery for further instructions →

 

Tip: If you only need the AssistiveTouch as a replacement for the basic need of your home or power button, I recommend to set it up with only one icon. For example: “Home” or “Lock Screen”. Once you tap on the button it will then immediately do what the normal home button (going back to the home screen; with a double tap showing all the open apps) or power button (locking the screen) would do. I think that’s pretty handy and makes it easier to use.

You can also “Create [a] New Gesture” if none of the given options is what you might need. Once you created and saved one you can choose it in the icon menu at the very end of the list. Well, even if you don’t really need it, it’s a funny thing to play with and see what’s happen.

As my home button stopped working properly and after while entirely, I had to use AssistiveTouch, too. I got used to the change and accepted AssistiveTouch as my new home button. Of course, I went to the Apple Store to let it get repaired but they could only offer me an exchange of the whole display, which would’ve cost over 100 Euros. For this one little button? No thank you. One day then I started searching if I could repair the real home button by myself and indeed I figured it out – it cost less than a tenth of the repair offered by Apple. See my next blog entry!

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