Use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

You can use AssistiveTouch to adjust volume, lock your screen, use multi-finger gestures, restart your device or replace pressing buttons with just a tap.

Turn on AssistiveTouch

When you turn on AssistiveTouch, you'll see a button appear on screen. You can drag it to any edge of the screen, where it will stay until you move it again. By default, tapping the button once will open the AssistiveTouch menu. Tapping once anywhere outside of the menu will close it. 

There are a few ways to turn on AssistiveTouch:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then select AssistiveTouch to turn it on.
  • Use "Hey Siri" to say, “Turn on AssistiveTouch”. 
  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and turn on AssistiveTouch. 

AssistiveTouch can also be added to the Accessibility Shortcut for quick access from Control Center, or you can use the Side or Home button.

Use AssistiveTouch instead of gestures

Access menus and controls that require on-screen gestures such as:

  • Control Centre
  • Notification Centre
  • Spotlight
  • Home
  • App Switcher
  • Speak Screen

Use AssistiveTouch instead of pressing buttons

The menu gives you access to functions that would otherwise be controlled by pressing physical buttons or moving the device. Here's some of what you can do:

  • Activate the Accessibility Shortcut
  • Lock the screen
  • Adjust the volume
  • Summon Siri
  • Restart the device
  • Capture a screenshot
  • Simulate shaking the device

Use AssistiveTouch for multi-finger gestures

  1. From the AssistiveTouch menu, select Device > More, then select Gestures.
  2. Choose between 2, 3, 4 or 5 finger input.

After making your selection, multiple dots appear on the screen indicating where the virtual fingertips are touching the screen. Moving one finger around the screen or performing taps will control all virtual fingertips at the same time. The virtual fingertips will automatically go away after a few moments of inactivity. 

Customise the AssistiveTouch menu

To change the order, number and contents of the buttons in the menu:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then select AssistiveTouch.
  2. Select Customise Top Level Menu, then tap an icon to reassign a different function to its position.
  3. Use the + and - buttons to change the number of buttons that appear in the menu. 

Use the Reset button to erase your changes and restore the default menu settings.

Use custom actions

To assign an AssistiveTouch function to a single-tap, double-tap, or long press of the button:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then select AssistiveTouch.
  2. Under the Custom Actions heading, choose Single-Tap, Double-Tap or Long Press.
  3. Choose an action from the list to assign to the gesture.
  4. Use the AssistiveTouch button to go back to Settings.

You can adjust the amount of time the actions can perform a double-tap, or how long the button must be held for a long press.

Create new gestures

You can record custom taps and swipes using the touchscreen and save them to the AssistiveTouch menu.

To create a new gesture:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility and select Touch.
  2. Select AssistiveTouch, then Create New Gesture.
  3. Recording starts automatically when you touch the ; so you can tap or swipe whenever you're ready.
  4. When you're finished, tap Stop.

To review your recorded gesture, press Play. If you want to re-record your gesture, tap Record. Press Save to name your gesture when you're ready.

If you're unable to perform a multi-finger gesture by using multiple fingers at the same time, you can record individual movements, and they'll be grouped together. For example, draw two horizontal dots on the top half of the screen and a half circle on the bottom of the screen, then press Stop. When you press play, all dots and lines will play at once.

Connect a pointer device with AssistiveTouch

With AssistiveTouch, you can connect an accessory – such as a wired or bluetooth mouse or trackpad – to control the on-screen pointer on your device. Learn how to connect a pointer device to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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