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Assistive Touch ON/OFF [Enable/Disable] on iPhone


Assistive Touch on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod minimizes the difficulties in operating the keys or touching the screen. Assistive gestures enable you to perform shortcuts using gestures.  You can Assistive Touch instead of using your home button.

Assistive Touch

I have seen that so many are asking for Assistive-Touch for iPhone 3g because of their home button were broken. Let’s first check how to ON / OFF Assistive-Touch in iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

How to Enable/Disable (ON/OFF) Assistive Touch?


Just follow the below steps to ON / OFF Assistive-Touch.
To ON/OFF Assistive-Touch there are two ways.

Step 1:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Then select General.
  • And tap on Accessibility.

There you can find the settings for Assistive-Touch. The path for this in easy steps is Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch.

  • Now ON/OFF the Toggle button beside Assistive Touch.

Assistive Touch Settings


Step 2:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Then select General and then Accessibility.
  • There you need to enable Triple Click Home to access the shortcut Triple-click the home button to quickly ON/OFF Assistive-Touch.

The path for this setting in easy steps is Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch ->Triple Click Home.

Adjust the Home-Click speed by configuring the options at Settings -> General -> Accessibility ->Home-Click Speed.

Assistive-Touch Speed adjustments

It is very simple to modify the touch speed. Just follow the steps and change the touch speed of Assistive Touch.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. There select General and tap on Accessibility
  3. Now choose Assistive-Touch. There you can find the  Touch Speed.
  4. Now adjust the speed that you desire.

The path for this in easy steps is Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch -> Assistive Touch.

Assistive-Touch Button Show/Hide

If you don’t want to see the Assistive-Touch Button on your screen, you can hide and can show the button on phone screen when you want. Follow the simple steps to Show / Hide  Assistive Touch Button.
Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch -> Always Show menu.

Assistive-Touch Gestures

Assistive Touch Gestures

Assistive-Touch Gestures to perform swipe and drag with two or more fingers. You can use two, three, four or five fingers to drag or swipe.

Perform Swipe or Drag Gesture:

  • Touch on Assistive-Touch icon on your phone screen then the menu of four menu items will open.
  • Choose Device menu item then select More and finally the Gestures menu item.
  • Path for gesture is Menu Button -> Device -> More -> Gestures .
  • Select the number of digits needed for the gesture.
  • After appearing the circles on screen perform Drag or Swipe in the direction that you required.
  • Tap on Menu Button(Assistive-Touch icon) after finished.

Performing Pinch Gesture:

  • Tap on Assistive-Touch icon and choose favorites and then Pinch.
  • The path is Assistive Touch Button > Favorites > Pinch.
  • After pinch circles appear on screen, perform Pinch In or Pinch Out.
  • After pinching tap on the menu button (Assistive-Touch icon).

Create your own Assistive-Touch Gesture:

It is very simple to create Assistive-Touch screen gesture. To create your personal gesture follow one of the below two ways.

  1. Choose Menu button (Assistive Touch icon) > Favorites then tap on Empty Gesture placeholder.
  2. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch -> Create New Gesture.

How to use Assistive Touch?

Assistive Touch

  1. Adjust volume, Rotate screen, Lock Device and Simulate shaking: For these Menu shortcuts just follow the path “Tap Menu button then tap Device.”
  2. Simulate pressing the Home button: For this Menu shortcut watch “Tap Menu button then tap Home.”
  3. Activate Siri: For this menu shortcut follows the steps “Tap the Menu button then tap Siri.”

You can exit from the menu without selecting an option by clicking on the screen that is outside of the menu.

Assistive Touch for iPhone 3g

Assistive-Touch is available from iOS 5 and later. But the iPhone 3G runs on iOS 3.1.3 or iOS 4.2.1 So you need to download and install Activator, which helps to simulate system actions. But the GUI is not provided. It is preferable only if your iPhone’s Home/Power button is broken

Thanks for reading the post. Please comment if you have any queries on iPhone. We will try to provide you the posts on your queries.

Originally posted 2014-04-26 11:30:13.