This post will walk you through activating an iOS accessibility feature that allows you to use an alternative on-screen touch button that you can use to carry out specific functions. Here’s a quick guide to enable AssistiveTouch on the iPhone 14 series.
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Aside from the physical keys, iPhones also have alternative “soft buttons” that you can use to lock the screen, adjust the volume, restart the phone or use multi-finger gestures with just a single tap.
Depicted below is the actual process of activating this feature on the new iPhone 14 smartphone. Feel free to refer to this quick guide whenever you need help getting this iOS feature enabled on your device.
To begin, launch the iOS settings app.
Simply find the app shortcut represented by a gear-shaped image on the Home screen or App library then tap on it to launch the app.
While in the settings menu, scroll to find Accessibility from the given options then tap on it.
On the next menu, you will see a list of all accessibility features.
To continue, tap Touch.
Another screen opens with touch-related functions.
Find AssistiveTouch from the given options then tap the switch to turn the feature ON.
The AssistiveTouch menu will load up shortly.
- Apple iPhone 14
An indication that AssistiveTouch is already enabled is the grayish button that appears at the bottom section of the screen. Tapping on that button will open a menu that contains shortcut commands to access the Control Center, Notification Center, App Switcher, Spotlight, Home and Speak Screen.
How AssistiveTouch Works on iPhone?
Instead of pressing the hardware buttons, you can just tap on any of the alternative controls from the AssistiveTouch menu for your iPhone to execute.
Among the common commands that you can carry out using AssistiveTouch include locking the screen, adjusting the volume, taking a screenshot, launching Siri, restarting the device, and more.
AssistiveTouch also allows you to use custom actions that you can associate with a single tap, double tap, or long press gesture.
- To do this, simply head over to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch menu then navigate to the Custom Actions section.
There, you can see available gestures including single tap, double tap and long press along with the list of different actions that you can use. Just tap to mark your preferred action to be associated with the selected gesture so you can use it along with other AssistiveTouch commands.
You can also create new gestures and save them to the AssistiveTouch menu.
- To do this, head back to the AssistiveTouch menu then select the option to Create New Gesture.
Follow the onscreen instructions to start recording your new touch gesture to add then tap Save when done.
AssistiveTouch Not Working on your iPhone?
There may be certain instances when the AssistiveTouch feature doesn’t seem to work properly on your device. Oftentimes, the transpiring issues are attributed to some minor software glitches that can easily get rectified by restarting the iOS device.
You can do the usual reboot or soft reset if your iPhone is still responsive or do a forced restart if your iPhone is stuck or frozen.
Both of these restart procedures do not affect any saved data from the internal storage of your iPhone so you won’t lose any important information.
Also ensure that your iPhone is running on the latest iOS version.
And that’s how to enable the AssistiveTouch button on the latest iPhones.