2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-06-01 01:17
What is Assistive Touch (virtual Home button) for? The feature - one of Apple's best practices for people with disabilities - allows you to quickly access specific applications and settings using gestures. This is useful when you do not have the ability to use the physical buttons on the iPhone (for example, the lock button or volume buttons are broken, and it will not be possible to fix the breakage quickly).
How to enable the virtual Home button on the iPhone or iPad screen (Assistive Touch)
Open Settings → General → Accessibility → Assistive Touch (in order to quickly find it, scroll down the screen. By the way, check out how many useful things Apple has come up with for people with various diseases!).
After that, a square button with rounded corners and a white circle with circles radiating from it in the center will appear in the lower right corner of the iPhone or iPad display. This is Assistive Touch. Now with its help you can also control your gadget.
If you have the Shortcut keys function active, you can activate or deactivate Assistive Touch on any screen (lock screen, Home screen, app) by triple-pressing the physical Home button. You can adjust the velocity by going to Accessibility → Home.
You can also activate Assistive Touch with a voice prompt from Siri.
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How to use the virtual Home button on the iPhone or iPad screen (Assistive Touch)
Click on the Assistive Touch button. You will see six icons - Action Center, Apparatus, Control Center, Home, Siri, and User.
As you might guess, clicking on each of them launches the corresponding action - going to the notification center, control point (there are a flashlight, calculator and other tools), simulation of pressing the physical button "Home" and so on.
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Several useful commands for the Assistive Touch virtual button
Apparatus → Screen Lock - lock the iPhone / iPad screen. If you hold the Screen Lock button for a few seconds, you turn off your device. If your power button is broken, it is better not to do this - you can turn on your smartphone or tablet only after connecting it to iTunes via a cable;
Machine → Off / On. sound - switch iPhone to or from silent mode;
Apparatus → Louder / Quieter - decrease or increase the system volume;
Machine → More → Screenshot - take a screenshot;
Apparatus → More → Gestures - select the required number of fingers and bind a certain gesture to it (whatever you want. To create a gesture, you need to move the circles on the screen).
This is how Assistive Touch works on iOS devices. We sincerely wish you never use it - so that you are healthy and the iPhone buttons work properly. If something happens to you or your favorite gadget, now you know what to do in order to simplify your life.
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