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iOS: Using AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch helps you use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing the buttons. Learn how to use AssistiveTouch. 

Use AssistiveTouch to perform gestures that are difficult for you. You can also use a compatible adaptive accessory (such as a joystick) together with AssistiveTouch to control your iOS device.

Enable AssistiveTouch on your device

Use one of these methods to enable AssistiveTouch on your device:

  • Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch
  • Enable Triple-click Home (three consecutive Home button presses) to quickly toggle AssistiveTouch on or off by tapping Settings > General > Accessibility > Triple-click Home. Note: If you need to adjust the speed required to activate Double and Triple-click Home you can go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed

Adjust the tracking speed (with accessory attached)

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Touch speed.

Show or hide the AssistiveTouch menu

  1. Click the secondary button on your accessory.
  2. Move the menu button; drag it to any edge of the screen. 

Hide the menu button (with accessory attached)

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Always Show Menu.

Perform a swipe or drag that uses two, three, four, or five fingers

  1. Tap the menu button > Device > More > Gestures.
  2. Tap the number of digits needed for the gesture.
  3. When the corresponding circles appear on the screen, swipe or drag in the direction required by the gesture.
  4. When you finish, tap the menu button.

Perform a pinch gesture

  1. Tap the menu button > Favorites > Pinch.
  2. When the pinch circles appear, touch anywhere on the screen to move the pinch circles, then drag the pinch circles in or out to perform a pinch gesture.
  3. When you finish, tap the menu button.

Create your own gesture

Use one of these methods to create your own gesture:

  • Tap the menu button > Favorites, then tap an empty gesture placeholder.
  • Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Create New Gesture.

Lock or rotate the screen, adjust volume, or simulate shaking the device

Tap the menu button, then tap Device.

Simulate pressing the Home button

Tap the menu button, then tap Home. 

Activate Siri

Tap the menu button, then tap Siri.

Exit a menu without performing a gesture

Tap anywhere outside the menu.

Additional Information

Currently there are two AssistiveTouch compatible devices:

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