Add functionality to the AssistiveTouch feature with MyAssistive

By , Mar 31, 2013

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Buried deep in the iOS Settings app, at the bottom of the Accessibility window, is a feature called AssistiveTouch. Apple built this tool to make its mobile devices more accessible to users with impaired physical or motor skills.

Enabling the feature adds a tiny icon to your device’s screen that typically, when tapped, opens a menu with shortcuts for a variety of system functions. But with the new MyAssistive jailbreak tweak, you can change that…

MyAssistive is a simple little utility that lets you customize the AssistiveTouch button to your liking. You can change where it’s positioned on your device’s screen, the color of its menu icons and, most importantly, what it does.

Once installed, all of these options can be configured from within your Settings app. There’s toggles for enabling the tweak, turning off its ‘snap to position’ and ‘hide’ functions, and a menu of actions you can assign to the button.

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The list of actions is long, and includes toggle app switcher, toggle Siri, toggle voice control, take screenshot, triple click, adjust volume, mute, respring, and toggle LED flash. Remember to enable AssistiveTouch before trying them.

Overall I like MyAssistive, as it offers quick access to some useful functions. But I have a few issues with it. One, you can only assign one action to the button at a time. And two, I haven’t found a spot to put it where it’s not in the way.

So I’ll probably be sticking with tweaks like Activator and NCSettings—they do most of the same things. But it’s still worth checking out for folks that are looking for a change. You can find MyAssistive in the BigBoss repo for free.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/randle1 Phil Randle

    Assistive Touch is a great feature for people who need it, but most wont use it because it looks so damn ugly. I have always wondered why Apple doesn’t have it appear in Notification Centre after its enabled, it would still serve its purpose as it can be enabled anywhere, its only one extra movement and it wont obstruct things on your screen.

    Or they could just place an icon in the Status Bar, which is also viewable in most apps, and it would look cleaner. The icon they have at the moment is too impractical.

    • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

      No need for it if you’re jailbroken, really. Zephyr, killbackground, sbsettings, etc. replace this and make it more functional

      • http://www.facebook.com/randle1 Phil Randle

        Yeah, but when only 10% of your user base is jailbroken, that isn’t really a solution for most iPhone users.

  • Max L.E.

    Just a smaller version of SBSettings!

  • wonderboydave

    AssistiveTouch is only for people with broken home buttons.

    • waleed LA

      Seriously?

    • TheApplePro

      AssistiveTouch is found under the “Accessibility” menu. Therefore, it is not for broken home buttons, it is for people who have some kind of disorder.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537677936 Amardeep Singh

        I use it. I’m not disabled. I use it cause I wanna increase my home buttons life…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537677936 Amardeep Singh

        I use it. I’m not disabled. I use it cause I wanna increase my home buttons life….

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        They never said you had to be disabled to use it..

      • TheApplePro

        I know. It was created for people who are disabled but can be used for other reasons.

      • TheApplePro

        I know. People use it for various reasons but the main purpose is for someone with a disorder.

  • hApy

    it was introduced in ios 5 and you are showing it now why not on that time

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      Read the post ..

  • disqus_tKd3iqSkDN

    Assistive Touch would be better but the button is always in the way no matter where on the screen you put it.
    This would be great if they could make another way to toggle it, but knowing Apple and toggles… This will never happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001288278217 Christian Mejía

    Yeah this is only useful for people with a broken home button or lock button like me :(

  • Antony Andreev

    Always wanted to enchance this stuff. After this tweak as i think should be more and more interesting ones. Use AT on my ipad because mtgetures annoy in some multiplayer games)