You all know how much I adore my iPhone, however, just recently my home button has decided to unfriend me. For a few days, it decided not to work at all. Now, it works intermittently.
When it first started to malfunction, I tried powering it off and on again. No dice. Then I did a reset to no avail. Then I found an interim solution that will carry me over til I can get it looked at by a Genius. It’s called AssistiveTouch and came with the iOS 5 update.
AssistiveTouch lets iDevice owners with impaired physical or motor skills to access their iDevice by using multi-touch gestures. Those that have difficulty pushing the home or volume buttons for example will find AssistiveTouch much easier to use to navigate their device.
Once AssistiveTouch is activated, a small button that looks similar to the home button will appear on your screen (see image below circled in red). When you tap this, it will bring up a menu of features, one of which is the ‘Home’ button. Tap on that and it acts just like the physical button on the iDevice. Double tap and it will bring up all your open apps across the bottom of your screen.
To activate AssistiveTouch, go to Settings, General, Accessibility and tap on AssistiveTouch to turn it on.
I have to admit it takes getting use to. It’s often hovering over my “send” button in email and Hootsuite or some other inconvenient area, but you easily drag it to pretty much anywhere along the perimeter of the screen.
AssistiveTouch is just one of the many standard accessibility features across Apple’s products.
So, how’s your Home button feeling these days?