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.

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