Here at Tekserve, we see a lot of broken devices. Some are certainly worse than others or broken beyond repair, but, occasionally, we’ll get one with a stuck power button or a non-working home button. For some, a non-functioning button amounts to a minor inconvenience, but, to others, it can be disastrous.
Never fear! Whichever camp you land in, your iOS device has a really cool, lesser-known, built-in feature that will immediately solve your problem.
Built into every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 5 or later is a feature called “AssistiveTouch.” AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature designed for people with disabilities, allowing users to have easier access to physical buttons and multi-touch gestures, using only one finger on the touch screen.
To activate AssistiveTouch, choose Settings > General > Accessibility. You’ll then see the toggle to turn AssistiveTouch on and off.
Once turned on, you’ll notice the appearance of a white dot on your screen. This is the AssistiveTouch “button” — it can be dragged anywhere on the screen.
Activate the AssistiveTouch menu by tapping on the dot. When you do so, a menu will pop up giving you access to Home and Siri buttons right on the touchscreen. Also, there is a Favorites menu—where you can store gestures you’ve created—and the Device menu. From the Device menu, you can lock the screen, control the volume, take a screenshot, and more.
Use AssistiveTouch in place of a broken/stuck button – or just use it for easier access to certain functions. Personally, I find it smoother and easier to access Siri on my iPad using AssistiveTouch instead of holding the home button. Give it a try!
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