The Home Button is typically at the center of your iOS use. Logging in, closing apps, Touch ID and returning to the home screen all require the use of the Home Button.
What you might not know is that there is another option that can essentially function as your iPhone’s Home Button. AssistiveTouch acts as a virtual Home Button that lets you control your iDevice, and even helps you perform gestures like a pinch, multi-finger swipe, or 3D Touch, and use Siri.
To enable AssistiveTouch, simply tap Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, and then toggle on AssistiveTouch. You can also ask Siri to turn AssitiveTouch on for you.
Once enabled, you can drag the AssistiveTouch button (seen in the lower right portion of the above image) to any edge of your screen. And simply tap the AssistiveTouch button to open the menu which features six options by default.
AssistiveTouch makes tasks such as accessing Siri, the lock screen, rotate screen, volume buttons, pinching and double-tapping among many others possible without using physical buttons. And AssistiveTouch even features a screenshot button that makes for easier single tap screenshot capturing (we’re looking at you Snapchat fans).
With less reliance on physical buttons, AssistiveTouch can even be used to save from wear-and-tear on the home, volume and power buttons. And it can be very useful if your Home Button breaks.
Do you have a favorite AssistiveTouch feature? Let us know in the comments. And for more hints and guides, check out the Rocket Yard’s Tech Tips section.