Until iOS 10, users just use one button to unlock the screen by using On/Off switch and then swiping left to right brings up screen to enter pass code. Now that in iOS, swiping left to right brings up highlights of a few things like News, weather etc., and users are asked to Press home button.
Most of us feel that using physical buttons result in getting them spoiled sooner than later hence prefer to use them as less as possible. So what’s the other option? Using Assistive Touch would be helpful many ways. Some of the features that one can benefit using Assistive Touch are:
- Activate home button
- Activate Siri
- Lock Screen
- Control volume settings
- Take a screenshot
- Activate multi-tasking
- VoiceOver/Magnifier can be enabled (if configured trip tap home button in the settings
What’s Assistive Touch
You can use AssistiveTouch to control your device, help you perform gestures like a pinch, multi-finger swipe, or 3D Touch, and use Siri.
How to enable AssistiveTouch
There are 3 ways to turn ON AssistiveTouch.
- Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch turn ON
- Tell “Siri” to turn ON AssistiveTouch
- It can be configured to be listed in Accessibility Shortcut menu (Triple tap home button); but this is something we may not want to use to turn ON using the physical button of the device
AssistiveTouch stays on top of your screen even when an application is running. It can be dragged to any part of the corner as needed.
Respond to a text message right from notification centre
This is an awesome feature but also something we need to be careful about. Now users can respond to a text message right from notification even when phone is locked.When a notification of new incoming message is displayed, there will be an option to “reply”; tapping this will bring up edit box to type a response. Only concern is what if a message is received seeking some important information when phone is theft. We need to be careful.