How to use and customize the Accessibility shortcut on iPhone and iPad

Apple offers an accessibility option that lets you enable and customize a triple-click with the Home button on iPhones and iPads with a Home button and the Side button on iPhones and iPads with Face ID. 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 Accessibility shortcut on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap on Accessibility Shortcut — it's all the way at the bottom.
  5. Tap the action you'd like to perform when you triple-click the Home or Side button.

    Tap Accessibility Shortcut, tap the action you want to perform when you triple-click

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

  • AssistiveTouch: Adds the ability to access many common hardware buttons and gesture controls with single taps. A useful feature for those with motor impairments
  • Classic Invert Colors: A great option for anyone with a visual impairment such as color blindness. All colors across iOS will be inverted
  • Color Filters: Changes the color layout of the screen for those with color blindness
  • Magnifier: Triggers a camera style viewfinder with sharp zoom controls so you can see small text
  • Reduce White Point: Reduces the intensity of bright colors for those with sensitivities or color blindness
  • Smart Invert Colors: Same as Classic Invert Colors, except it doesn't change photos, media, and some apps
  • Switch Control: Lets you use external switches, or the screen itself, as a switch for motor accessibility
  • VoiceOver: Allows your iPhone or iPad to speak to you when enabled. Commonly used by folks with visual impairments
  • 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
  • Guided Access: When you're in an app, it keeps the iPhone in a single app and allows you to control which features are available

Once you've made your selection, simply triple-click the Home button on iPhone and iPad with a Home button or the Side button on iPhone and iPad with Face ID from anywhere and your iPhone or iPad will enable the function you've selected. Triple-click it again to disable it. If you have multiple functions assigned, just tap the option you want to use.


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