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Floating home button on iPhone: Get, remove and everything else

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The floating home button on iPhone is a feature known as AssistiveTouch. It allows users to control their iPhones with gestures instead of having to touch the screen. This can be helpful for people with disabilities or for people who have broken their screens.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can get and remove floating home buttons on an iPhone. We will also discuss how you can use the floating home buttons to make your life a bit easier.


How do I activate AssistiveTouch?

You can add a floating home button on your iPhone by turning on the AssistiveTouch feature. Remember, the methodology may differ depending on the version of iOS.

Method 1:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch. For iOS 12 or earlier, you will have to go to General > Accessibility.
  • Now, tap on AssistiveTouch to turn it on. You will that a green light has turned on indicating that the AssistiveTouch is now turned on.

Method 2:

This is a shortcut method to add a floating home button on iPhone. Simply, go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and here, turn on AssistiveTouch.


Method 3:

This is the easiest method among the lot. Just start the Siri voice assistant by saying “Hey Siri” and then say something to the effect like “Turn on AssistiveTouch” or “Add AssistiveTouch”.

Once you have added the AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, you can now use gestures to access menus and control your iPhone.

Also read: What does ‘iPhone is findable’ mean?


How do I turn off AssistiveTouch?

Follow the instructions given below to remove the floating AssistiveTouch button on your iPhone:

Method 1:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch.
  • Next, tap on AssistiveTouch to turn it off. Once you turn off the toggle, the green light will also go away.

You can see the screenshots of the steps in the section above.


Method 2:

To turn off the AssistiveTouch floating shortcut, go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and here, turn off AssistiveTouch.


Method 3:

You can also command Siri to turn off the AssistiveTouch. Say something like “Turn off AssistiveTouch” or “I want you to turn off AssistiveTouch on my iPhone”.

Also read: How to turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone?


5 reasons why you should use the floating AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch is a powerful accessibility feature on the iPhone that offers a wide range of functionalities which makes it much more than just an accessibility feature. Here are some benefits of using AssistiveTouch:

Enhanced accessibility

AssistiveTouch is designed to assist individuals with motor challenges or disabilities by providing an alternative method of interacting with their iPhones. It eliminates the need for physical button presses, making it easier for those with limited dexterity or motor impairments to navigate their device effortlessly.


Simplified navigation

The floating AssistiveTouch button serves as a central hub for accessing various functions, eliminating the need to navigate through multiple menus or physical buttons. It provides quick and convenient access to essential features like Control Center, notifications, and device-specific actions, enabling smoother navigation and saving valuable time.


Customisation options

One of the standout features of AssistiveTouch is its customisation options. You can personalise the top-level menu by adding, rearranging, and creating custom icons for specific actions. This level of customisation empowers users to tailor AssistiveTouch to their specific needs, ensuring a more personalised and efficient experience.


Gesture creation

AssistiveTouch Allows users to create custom gestures for performing actions or navigating their iPhones. Whether it’s a pinch, swipe, or rotation, you can record and assign gestures to trigger specific commands. This feature enhances accessibility by providing alternative input methods and making complex actions more accessible and intuitive.


Quick accessibility shortcuts

AssistiveTouch provides convenient access to other accessibility features on your iPhone. With just a few taps, you can enable or disable features like Magnifier, VoiceOver, or AssistiveTouch itself, empowering users with a seamless control over their accessibility settings.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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