Home button on the iPhone screen (Assistive Touch): how to turn it on and use


What is Assistive Touch (virtual Home button) for? The feature – one of Apple’s best practices for people with disabilities – allows you to quickly access specific applications and settings using gestures. This is useful when you do not have the ability to use the physical buttons on the iPhone (for example, the lock button or volume buttons are broken, and it will not be possible to fix the breakage quickly).

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How to enable the virtual Home button on the iPhone or iPad screen (Assistive Touch)

Open the app Settings and follow the path Accessibility → Touch → Assistive Touch and set the switch of the same name to the position Included

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After that, a round button with circles in the center radiating from it will appear on the iPhone or iPad display. This is Assistive Touch. Now with its help you can also control your gadget.

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How to customize the virtual Home button on your iPhone or iPad screen (Assistive Touch)

The primary configuration of the Assistive Touch virtual button is changing the section settings: Top Level Menu, Configuring actions and Opacity at rest

Top Level Menu

In this section, you can customize the layout of the Assistive Touch top menu items as you wish.

Home button on the iPhone screen (Assistive Touch): how to turn it on and use

By default, the top menu displays 6 icons: Action Center, Hardware, Control Center, Home, Siri, and Screenshot.

As you might guess, clicking on each of them launches the corresponding action – going to the Action Center, Control Center (there are a flashlight, calculator and other tools), simulation of pressing the physical button “Home” and so on.

Home button on the iPhone screen (Assistive Touch): how to turn it on and use

It is worth noting that some icons, for example, Apparatus, contain additional levels of functions:

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Configuring actions

Instead of displaying a menu with icons, the Assistive Touch button can be directed to other actions with a single, double-tap, or long-press. For example, a single tap will take a screenshot, a double tap will turn on the camera, and a long press will lock the screen.

Home button on the iPhone screen (Assistive Touch): how to turn it on and use

Opacity at rest

This section configures the visibility (transparency) of the button at rest (when not in use).

Home button on the iPhone screen (Assistive Touch): how to turn it on and use

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