How to set the triple Home-click shortcut for accessibility on iPhone or iPad

How to set the triple Home-click shortcut for accessibility on iPhone or iPad

We use single and double clicks on our iPhones and iPads to return to the Home screen and open the app switcher. Apple also offers an accessibility option that lets you enable and customize a triple-click. You can choose between a few options so you can pick the one that's most convenient and useful for you.

How to enable and use the triple-click Home button shortcut on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Tap on Accessibility Shortcut — it's all the way at the bottom.
  5. Choose the action you'd like to perform when you triple-click the Home button.

Here's a brief description of the options you have and what they are:

  • VoiceOver - Allows your iPhone or iPad to speak to you when enabled. Commonly used by folks with visual impairments.
  • Invert Colors - A great option for anyone with a visual impairment such as color blindness. All colors across iOS will be inverted.
  • Zoom - Allows you to zoom the Home screen and all other content for better visibility. You can then use two and three finger gestures to tap and pan around.
  • Switch Control - Lets you use external switches, or the screen itself, as a switch for motor accessibility.
  • AssistiveTouch - Adds the ability to access many common hardware buttons and gesture controls with single taps. A useful feature for those with motor impairments.

Once you've made your selection, simply triple-click the Home button from anywhere and your iPhone or iPad will enable the function you've selected. Triple-click it again to disable it. If you've assigned a triple-click function, what one do you use?

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to set the triple Home-click shortcut for accessibility on iPhone or iPad


Just a tiny addition, but you can also set Guided Access to the triple-click shortcut, it just can't be done through the same menu. It's done through the Guided Access menu.

I only use Guided Access through the triple-click shortcut. Originally I had it set to give a menu choice between guided access and invert colours (it's the closest thing I have to a dark mode) but now I have put Invert Colours in my control centre (jailbroken) and solely use guided access from the shortcut

Allyson, how does one turn tripple click off? It appears that once it has been set on an option, there is no off to choose. A friend brought that to my attention, and I verified it on my phone.