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Assistive Touch

Apples biggest downfall in its iPhone and iPad design is the ‘Home’ button, with repetitive use it is the first part of the device to brake or become less responsive and even though it can be replaced at a costly £120 would it not be better to find a solution that would put less usage on that poor little 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 is called AssistiveTouch.

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AssistiveTouch is a convenient feature that lets iOS users access buttons and trigger features that require movement without having to push buttons or lift the iPhone. AssistiveTouch is an Accessibility feature that is often used by people with various levels of disability. As it turns out, AssistiveTouch is also the perfect solution for an iPhone with broken buttons.

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How to activate AssistiveTouch
Step 1: Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch
Step 2: Toggle the switch to the “On” position.
A transparent icon will appear at the top of the screen. It is dark grey and has a series of circles inside of it. Touch the icon to access the AssistiveTouch features.

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Note that the AssistiveTouch icon can me moved around the screen to a more convenient location. Just tap on the icon and drag it wherever you want on the screen.
How to use AssistiveTouch to activate Siri, simulate the Home button, and access Favourites
Step 1: Open AssistiveTouch
Step 2: Tap Siri, Home, or Favourites to perform the action.
When you tap “Favourites,” you can access custom gestures that you create for one-tap actions. For example, you can create a custom gesture to scroll down while you are browsing the Internet.
How to create AssistiveTouch custom gestures
Step 1: Open AssistiveTouch > Favourites
Step 2: Tap an empty gesture box.
Step 3: Tap or swipe to create the custom gesture. Tap Save.
Step 4: Name the New Gesture
Step 5: Open AssistiveTouch again
Step 6: Tap Favourites. You will see your new gesture.
Step 7: Tap the gesture to perform it.
Step 8: Tap the menu button to stop using the gesture.

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Use AssistiveTouch to activate the Sleep/Wake button, volume controls, and screen rotation
Step 1: Open AssistiveTouch > Device
Step 2: Tap Lock Screen, Rotate Screen, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute or More to perform the action.
When you tap “More,” it will call up a third menu.

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How to use AssistiveTouch to take a screenshot, or open App Switching (Multitasking)
Step 1: Open AssistiveTouch > Device > More > Gestures
Step 2: Tap Shake, Multitasking, or Screenshot to perform the action.
You can also perform a swipe or drag that requires two, three, four, or five fingers with the multi-touch gesture feature.
How to use AssistiveTouch to activate multi-touch gestures
Step 1: Open AssistiveTouch > Device > More > Gestures
Step 2: Tap the number of fingers needed for the gesture.
Step 3: When the circles appear on the screen, swipe or drag in the direction required.
Step 4: Tap the menu button to stop using the multi-touch gesture.
Now you know how to access a variety of buttons with AssistiveTouch. If your Sleep/Wake, Home, or volume buttons are broken, you can use this feature instead

Recalibrate

It is easy to forget about your iDevice’s home button while you are mesmerised by it’s gorgeous display. No matter what, the home button may be the most important part of your iDevice. It enables you to multitask, quit applications, and use Siri, just to name a few things. After a while, your home button may start to seem a little laggy or unresponsive. Luckily, you can fix that problem in three easy steps:
Step 1: Launch one of the stock apps on your iDevice (Weather, iTunes, Stocks, etc.).
Step 2: Press and hold the power button until you see the “slide to power off” prompt, then release the power button.
Step 3: Press and hold you home button until the “slide to power off” prompt disappears and the app force quits.
You should now be on your home screen and your home button should be recalibrated! Recalibrating your home button this way will work on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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