Use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can use AssistiveTouch to control your device, help you perform gestures like a pinch, multi-finger swipe, or 3D Touch, and use Siri.

Turn on AssistiveTouch

When you turn on AssistiveTouch, you’ll see the AssistiveTouch menu. You can drag it to any edge of the screen, then tap the menu to open it. 

There are a few ways to turn on AssistiveTouch:

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, then turn on AssistiveTouch.
  • Tell Siri “Turn on AssistiveTouch.” 
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and turn on AssistiveTouch. 

When Accessibility Shortcut is on, you can turn AssistiveTouch on or off from any screen using Triple-click Home. Just press the Home button three times. To adjust the Triple-click speed, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed.

 

When you turn on AssistiveTouch, you’ll see the AssistiveTouch menu. 

You can drag it to any edge of the screen. Tap the menu to open it. To close the AssistiveTouch menu just tap it while it's open.

 

Use AssistiveTouch to control your device

You can use AssistiveTouch to find and adjust certain settings on your device like Volume, Rotate Screen, Lock Screen, and more. Tap the AssistiveTouch menu and tap the setting you want to change.

To turn off your device, follow these steps: 

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

You can also use AssistiveTouch to access your Home screen. Just open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Home. To use Siri, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Siri. You’ll only see Siri on devices with iOS 5 or later.

To access your Notifications, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Notification Center. To get to the Control Center, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Control Center. From here, you'll be able to do things like turn Bluetooth on and off, use AirPlay and AirDrop, take photos,  and more.

Use 3D Touch with AssistiveTouch

If you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can use 3D Touch with AssistiveTouch. 3D Touch gives you shortcuts to things you do frequently—like send Messages, emails, and photos. To find 3D Touch, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Custom.

With 3D Touch, a tap will give you a peek of the content you were viewing, like a Message. A second tap pops you into a full view of the content.

To choose a 3D Touch gesture:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Customize Top Level Menu > 3D Touch Action. 
  2. Choose the action that you want performed when you use 3D Touch on the AssistiveTouch icon.

Use gestures

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 using 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. Then follow the onscreen steps.

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