How do I use Touch Accommodations on iPhone? With a touch, of course!

For people with motor skill impairments, Touch Accommodations is a useful and convenient accessibility feature that helps make using a touchscreen much easier and much less frustrating.

Here's how to set things up to work for you.

How to enable Touch Accommodations

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap Touch Accommodations under the Interaction section.
  5. Tap the switch next to Touch Accommodations to enable the feature.

    Tap Touch Accommodations, tap the switch next to Touch Accommodations to enable it

How to enable and change Hold Duration

If you have tremors or tics that might cause you to tap your iPhone or iPads screen repeatedly, you can enable a Hold Duration so that you must hold an on-screen button for a certain length of time before it is activated.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap Touch Accommodations under the Interaction section.
  5. Tap the switch next to Hold Duration.
  6. Tap the plus or minus button to increase or decrease the Hold Duration.

    Tap Touch Accommodations, tap the switch next to Hold Duration, tap the plus or minus button

How to enable and change duration for Ignore Repeat

Ignore Repeat works similarly to Hold Duration in that you can set a duration during which multiple taps will be recognized as only one tap. This is particularly useful if you're trying to enable settings or type a text or email.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap Touch Accommodations under the Interaction section.
  5. Tap the switch next to Ignore Repeat.
  6. Tap the plus or minus button to increase or decrease the Ignore Repeat duration.

    Tap Touch Accommodations, tap the switch next to Ignore Repeat, tap the plus or minus buttons to change the duration

How to enable Tap Assistance

Enabling Tap Assistance will allow any single finger gesture to perform a tap.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap Touch Accommodations under the Interaction section.
  5. Tap Use Initial Touch Location or Use Final Touch Location under Tap Assistance.

    Tap Touch Accommodations, tap an option under Tap Assistance

Questions?

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