Save your iPhone Home Button and Amaze Your Friends (and yourself)

Save your iPhone Home Button and Amaze Your Friends (and yourself)

How many times every day do you press that round button on the bottom of your iPhone? For me the Home button was incessantly pressed. No wonder it wears out before it’s time to move on to your next new iPhone. I’m one who likes to sell his iPhone before buying the next one. But a broken or worn out Home button will force me to fetch a lower price than a fully functional iPhone.

Today I have decided to show off my iPhone skills and share with you an ‘Accessibility’ feature available on your iPhone that gives you an on-screen equivalent to your Home button and much more. I am not going to focus on the “much-more” part of this feature, but instead I’m going to tell you how to turn it on and off. Follow this link to learn more about Assistivetouch.

Here are the steps to turn on the AssistiveTouch feature on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Tap ‘Settings’
  2. Tap ‘General’
  3. Tap ‘Accessibility’
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and tap ‘AssistiveTouch’
  5. Turn On/Off ‘AssistiveTouch’

Tap ‘Settings’

Tap ‘General’

Tap ‘Accessibility’

Scroll down to the bottom and tap ‘AssistiveTouch’

Turn On/Off ‘AssistiveTouch’

You will now see a floating button on your screen that can be used instead of the physical Home button. There are many other fun things you can do with this feature such as pre-defined gestures, access Siri, rotate the screen and more, all with only one finger of your choice.


Once you have setup AssistiveTouch, gestures that require 2 or more fingers can be done with only 1 finger. This is great when you have only one hand available for the iPhone and the other is busy holding the dog leash, cooking, cleaning, computing or carrying stuff (but not while driving for goodness sake).

I have my favorite gesture setup, “Pinch” so I can zoom in or out on any webpage or picture with only 1 finger.

Amazing. Well maybe not amazing, but at least convenient.

For more information about  AssistiveTouch visit Apple’s on-line support page.

If you want to learn more tips and tricks visit my blog.

3 paths to SharePoint Acceptance

SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013

Happy SharePoint User
Happy SharePoint User
Why bother with a new way of doing things when the old way works just fine?

If you have a SharePoint installation and you’re looking for help with successful adoption and a smooth transition, consider these 3 most common ways to get your people using your SharePoint sites.

  1. Cold turkey
    Get SharePoint up and running. Make sure it does what it is supposed to do. Shut off the old way of doing things. Don’t forget to make certain your site works properly before you expect others to use it.
    Pros: Adoption is immediate.
    Cons: Requires training. Usually causes some hard feelings.
  2. Mirroring
    Set up SharePoint to do what it is supposed to do.  Keep it’s content relevant and up-to-date. Get people involved and be a SharePoint advocate to get them using it instead of the old way of doing things. Allow them time for the transition to the new world of SharePoint.
    Pros: People who enjoy new things will start using SharePoint right away and become advocates for SharePoint. These will become roll-models for others to follow.
    There will be no hard feelings as nothing is being forced on those who are not so open to change.
    Cons: Adoption rate/success will most likely be mediocre at best, as most of us don’t like change and continue using what we are familiar with, resulting in a back-peddling to the old way of doing things, possibly leaving SharePoint to whither and die.
  3. Content migration
    Setting up SharePoint to take the place of an existing process can be challenging and usually has wrinkles that need ironing out. The only way to discover these wrinkles is to start implementing SharePoint and dive in head first.
    Concentrate on making your SharePoint site do one thing at a time, setting it up to be successful in that one area. Then on a specified, publicized date, turn off the old way of doing things in favor of the new SharePoint approach. Train and prepare your people for this change.
    Pros: Expectations are reasonably set and user acclimation is smooth due to a steady slow approach. Nobody is surprised when the cutoff date arrives.
    Cons: SharePoint adoption is slower than the Cold Turkey approach.

If you or your team need help planning or implementing a SharePoint site or site collection, look me up and I will be happy to guide you to SharePoint success.