AssistiveTouch iPhone 6s

Introduced with iOS 5, AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that allows people with physical disabilities to perform various tasks using alternative on-screen buttons and gestures to simplify usage of the device.

Building up on an already robust set of accessibility features for its products, Apple has introduced new customization options for AssistiveTouch in iOS 9.

Users who activate AssistiveTouch can now add an additional two shortcuts, and maybe more importantly, customize what these shortcuts and others can do by mapping them to one of many options.

AssistiveTouch iOS 9 options

A powerful new feature introduced with the iPhone 6s, 3D Touch also joins the accessibility feature set by allowing users to choose a specific action when using 3D Touch on the AssistiveTouch icon.

Because I do not use these features, it’s hard to really gauge the magnitude of these additions, but I can only imagine that people in need of these features will welcome the change.

As a matter of fact, not only people with physical impairments use AssistiveTouch. I do have a few friends that enable the feature to circumvent a broken Home button, or simply to make usage of their devices easier.

Thanks Joshua for bringing this to our attention!

  • Rohit Gupta

    If you customise the top level with only one icon aka “home Button”, the assistive touch button will act as a PURE HOME BUTTON. Just like the Jailbreak Tweak “Virtual Home”.

    • Scott Bui

      I like having settings in my assistive touch, so I just make it when you 3d touch the assistive touch to make it as the home button. All I’m missing as a respring toggle.

      • socrates

        I like this as well. No need to ever press the home button again. 3D Touch lets you press the edge of the screen to multitask, so easy!

    • alvin lim

      thank you for this! will suffice until JB arrives.

  • Anonymous

    =] hehe

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Saw this in the early public betas when I was testing it out on my 4S. The only positive thing I found with iOS 9. That and content/ad blockers. Top-level buttons for me will be sleep / power button and app switcher / multitasking. Why didn’t Apple allow you to do this in earlier iOS versions, is beyond my comprehension.

  • Rohit Gupta

    Hehe 🙂 =D

  • Jake Platt

    Gestures is fantastic. Been using it since iOS 6. Excellent way to not only preserve the home and lock button, but to also have practical shortcuts.

  • John

    I hate it when people use this to press their home button, when their home button works perfectly

    • Capirexz

      I think its ok. Saving lifespan of home button.

    • thunderqus

      It’s a free world, respect their choice.

    • socrates

      Apple hardware buttons are very good at breaking after repeated use. This devalues the device and lowers the resale value.

      Same philosophy as using a case, or screen protector.

      • John

        I’ve been using my iphone 5 for 3+ years and the home button is fine. My friend is using his iphone4 for 5+ years and his button is swell.

      • socrates

        I’m not doubting that many hardware buttons aren’t the same as yours. All I’m saying is that I’ve witnessed many broken buttons, after no extra carelessness on the user’s part, and it will continue to happen. This is just the technology.

      • John

        With your logic, i might break my iphone screen if i keep tapping it (and others could break it by using assistive touch).

      • socrates

        No. By my logic, the buttons over time become less reliable due to the way they transmit electrical currents to the logic board.

        Just as a LED display will burn in if left on, hardware buttons only work for so long.

  • Yasser Kaskas

    My power button isnt working on my iPhone 5 so I use Assistive Touch for locking my phone and taking screen shots.

  • socrates

    Been using it like this since the early betas. Surprised you guys hadn’t noticed.