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Using AssistiveTouch on your iOS device

AssistiveTouch helps you use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if you have trouble touching the screen or pressing the buttons.

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 interact with your iOS device.

Turn on AssistiveTouch

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn on AssistiveTouch.

If you want to turn AssistiveTouch on or off from any screen, use the accessibility shortcut. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut.
  2. Select AssistiveTouch to enable Triple-click Home.
  3. Press the Home button three times consecutively to turn AssistiveTouch on or off. 

    If you need to adjust the speed required for Triple-click Home, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed.

When you turn on AssistiveTouch, you’ll see the AssistiveTouch menu button. You can drag it to any edge of the screen. Tap to open, or if you’re using an accessory, click the secondary button.

AssistiveTouch menu buttonAssistiveTouch menu open

Attach an accessory (optional)

You can use these products with AssistiveTouch:

If you have an accessory attached, you can adjust these settings.

Adjust the tracking speed

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Touch speed.

Hide the AssistiveTouch menu button

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

Use AssistiveTouch for gestures and device controls

Swipe or drag with multiple fingers

  1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Device > More > Gestures. 
  2. Select the number of fingers associated with the gesture you want to make.
  3. When the circles appear, swipe or drag in the direction required by the gesture. 
  4. When you finish, tap the menu button.

Pinch

  1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Favorites > Pinch.
  2. When the pinch circles appear, move them anywhere on the screen. 
  3. Drag the pinch circles in or out.
  4. When you finish, tap the menu button. 

Create your own gesture

You can create your own gesture either of these ways:

  • Open the AssistiveTouch menu. Tap Favorites, then select an empty gesture placeholder. 
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Create New Gesture. 

Turn off the device

  1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Device.
  2. Touch and hold Lock Screen until “slide to power off” appears.

Press the Home button

Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Home.

Find other device controls

Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Device for these options: 

  • Lock or rotate the screen
  • Adjust volume
  • Shake the device
  • Take a screenshot

Use Siri

Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Siri. You will only see this option on devices that support Siri.

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Last Modified: Jul 21, 2014
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