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.
I’ve had this irritating problem with my iPhone 5 for about a year now. The Sleep/Wake button doesn’t work very well. Sometimes, it works fine. Other times, it doesn’t work at all. It just isn’t responsive. I know I should have taken it to Apple within the first year, but I didn’t. Let’s not talk about what I should have done. Let’s tall about what I can do about it now.
After one particularly frustrating day when I was trying to take screenshots of an app I was testing, I just about pulled my hair out. Instead, I decided to figure out if there was another way to take a screenshot without needing the Sleep/Wake button. Turns out there is.
Not only that, but there is a way to access Siri and multitasking without needing to use the Home button, rotate the screen and simulate shaking of the device without actually moving it, and adjust the ringer volume and mute function without using the audio buttons.
It’s called AssistiveTouch and I’m here to show you how to use it…
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…
The third beta release of Apple’s iOS 5 firmware was seeded to developers yesterday, and in addition to a number of fancy new sounds and some welcome bug fixes, there’s also a new ‘AssistiveTouch’ feature.
With AssistiveTouch enabled within the Accessibility Settings on your iOS device, you’re presented with a new button on your home screen, which gives you access to a menu overlay with a number of features that may mean you never have to touch your device’s buttons again…