AssistiveTouch menu shown on iPhone
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The AssistiveTouch feature on iPhone and iPad is a boon for accessibility. It gives you software shortcuts for hardware buttons and lets you customize gestures. If you use the AssistiveTouch feature frequently, here’s how to quickly enable or disable it.

How to Add AssistiveTouch to Accessibility Shortcuts

You usually have to dig into the Accessibility section in the Settings app every time you want to enable or disable the AssistiveTouch feature. iPad users who have mapped extra features to their mouse, like clicking a button to go to the Home screen, find themselves frequently enabling and disabling the AssistiveTouch feature.

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You can save a lot of time by adding AssistiveTouch to the Accessibility Shortcuts feature. Once added, you’ll be able to disable AssistiveTouch using the Side button or from the Control Center.

To start the process, open the “Settings” app and go to the “Accessibility” section (you can also create a shortcut for it on the home screen).

Tap on Accessibility from Settings

Here, swipe down and tap on the “Accessibility Shortcut” option.

Tap on Accessibility Shortcut

Now, select the “AssistiveTouch” button.

Tap on AssistiveTouch

Your iPhone or iPad will tell you that once you enable the Accessibility Shortcuts feature, Emergency SOS will no longer work by triple-clicking the Side/Power button. Instead, you’ll now have to press and hold the Side button and one of the Volume buttons. Tap on the “Continue” button to proceed.

Tap on Continue from the pop up

The Accessibility Shortcuts feature is now active.

How to Quickly Enable AssistiveTouch

Now that the Accessibility Shortcuts feature is enabled for AssistiveTouch, all you have to do is triple-click the Side/Power button on your iPhone or iPad (or the physical Home button if you’re using an older iPhone or iPad) to enable AssistiveTouch.

Press on the Side button on the iPhone

The floating AssistiveTouch button (which resembles the Home button) will show on the screen instantly.

Tap on the floating AssistiveTouch Home button

Once you tap on the AssistiveTouch button, you’ll see the expanded menu and see all the shortcuts.

AssistiveTouch menu expanded

If you’re fond of Siri, you can also just ask Siri to enable or disable AssistiveTouch for you. Just press and hold the Side/Power button or the Home button, or say “Hey Siri” to bring up Siri. Now, say the “Turn on AssistiveTouch” or “Turn off AssistiveTouch” command.

Turn on AssistiveTouch from Siri

How to Enable AssistiveTouch Using Control Center

If you don’t want to use the physical buttons on your iPhone or iPad or talk to Siri, there’s another, more reliable option for you. You can add an Accessibility Shortcuts control to the Control Center.

On your iPhone or iPad, open the “Settings” app and then go to the “Control Center” section.

Tap on Control Center from Settings app

Here, tap on the “Customize Controls” option.

Tap on Customize Controls

Now, swipe down and tap on the Plus (+) button next to the Accessibility Shortcuts option.

Tap on Plus button next to Accessibility Shortcuts

Accessibility Shortcuts control will be added to the Control Center. You can use the three-line handle icon on the right-edge to reorder the controls.

Reorder controls in Control Center

Now, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen (or swipe up from the bottom of the screen if you’re using an iPhone or iPad with a Home button) to reveal the Control Center.

Swipe down from top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

Here, spot the newly added Accessibility Shortcuts control and tap on it.

Tap on Accessibility Shortcuts control in Control Center

Select the “AssistiveTouch” button to enable the floating Home button.

Tap on AssistiveTouch from Control Center

Later, you can come back to the Control Center and tap on the button again to turn off AssistiveTouch.

Interested in doing more with the floating AssistiveTouch button? Here’s how to customize the AssistiveTouch buttons and gestures on your iPhone or iPad.

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