AssistiveTouch on iOS 13Source: iMore

AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that can help people with motor skill impairments get the most out of their iPhone or iPad. With AssistiveTouch enabled, you'll be able to perform actions like pinching to zoom or 3D Touch with just a tap instead.

Here's how to enable Assistive Touch and use it!

How to enable AssistiveTouch

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

    iOS AssistiveTouch Source: iMore

  4. Tap AssistiveTouch to turn it on.
  5. Toggle AssistiveTouch.

    AssistiveTouch turn onSource: iMore

A dark square with a white circle will appear on your screen. This is your shortcut to the AssistiveTouch menu and it'll appear on every screen.

You can tap on it to open the AssistiveTouch menu or drag it around the screen and out of the way if you're trying to do something.

How to use AssistiveTouch

  1. Tap the AssistiveTouch shortcut on any screen.
  2. Tap an option:

    • Notifications: Brings up Notification Center so you don't have to swipe down from the top.
    • Device: Allows you to perform various functions, like locking the screen, changing the volume, rotating the screen, and more
    • Control Center: Brings up Control Center instead of having to swipe up from the bottom
    • Home: Brings you to the Home screen without having to press the Home button
    • Siri: Activates Siri
    • Custom: Allows you to perform and add custom gestures, like zooming

    AssistiveTouch Source: iMore

Note: These are the default buttons, but they can be changed any time

How to add custom gestures to AssistiveTouch

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

    iOS AssistiveTouch Source: iMore

  4. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  5. Tap Create New Gesture…

    AssistiveTouch add new gestureSource: iMore

  6. Tap or swipe to create a new gesture. A series of taps or swipe will be combined into one multi-touch gesture.
  7. Tap Stop in the bottom right corner when you've finished your gesture.
  8. Tap Play to preview your gesture, Record to re-record it.

    AssistiveTouch Create New GestureSource: iMore

  9. Save in the top right corner to save the gesture.
  10. Add the name of the gesture in the box.
  11. Tap Save.

    AssistiveTouch new gesture namedSource: iMore

  12. Tap the Custom button on AssistiveTouch.
  13. Choose the custom gesture to use it.

    AssistiveTouch use custom gestureSource: iMore

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

    iOS AssistiveTouch Source: iMore

  4. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  5. Choose AssistiveTouch.
  6. Tap Customize Top Level Menu…

    AssistiveTouch top levelSource: iMore

To add a button

To add a new button to the AssistiveTouch:

  1. Tap the plus at the bottom right to add a new button.
  2. Select the newly created button.
  3. Tap a function or action.

    create AssistiveTouch buttonSource: iMore

  4. Tap Done in the top right corner. Notice the new button.

    create assistivetouch button completedSource: iMore

To delete an existing button or reset

You can also delete current AssistiveTouch buttons or change it back to the default:

  1. Tap the minus at the bottom right to remove a button.
  2. Repeat Step 1 to remove additional buttons.
  3. Tap Reset to go back to the default setting.

    Reset AssistiveTouchSource: iMore

You can't choose which button to delete. Instead, it selects the one nearest to the button of the screen. If you delete the wrong button, however, you can add it back using the steps above.

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Beginning with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, you can use a Bluetooth-enable mouse or trackpad with your mobile device.

How to use Custom Actions

Custom Actions allow you to interact directly with the AssistiveTouch icon without actually opening the menu.

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

    iOS AssistiveTouch Source: iMore

  4. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  5. Tap Single-Tap, Double-Tap, or Long Press to customize each action.
  6. Tap on the Option you would like action to have.

    AssistiveTouch custom actionsSource: iMore

You can choose from options like none, open menu, home, notifications, Siri, control center, lock screen, volume up, volume down, mute, accessibility shortcut, shake, app switcher, screenshot, lock rotation, pinch, double-tap, SOS, analytics, reachability, restate, and speak screen.

Questions?

Let us know if you have any questions about AssistiveTouch on iPhone or iPad below.

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