AssistiveTouch is one of the major features of Accessibility in iOS. It is very helpful for those who have motor skill impairments.

Once enabled, AssistiveTouch allows you to use your iPhone or iPad with utmost ease. As for instance, you can effortlessly access Notification/Control Center and perform actions like locking your device or changing the volume comfortably. Moreover, you can add custom gestures and even customize the AssistiveTouch menu.

How to Use AssistiveTouch in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

How to Use AssistiveTouch in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

How to Enable AssistiveTouch in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

Open Settings app on your iOS Device

Step #2. Tap on General → Accessibility.

Tap on General, then Accessibility

Step #3. Tap on AssistiveTouch.

Tap on AssistiveTouch

Step #4. Finally, you need to toggle ‘ON’ the switch next to AssistiveTouch.

Toggle on the switch next to AssistiveTouch

Now, AssistiveTouch menu will appear on the screen. It looks like a dark square with a white circle. You will see it on every screen. Just tap on it to open the AssistiveTouch menu. You can also drag it around the screen on your iOS device.

How to use AssistiveTouch in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

It’s quite simple to get started with AssistiveTouch.

Tap on the AssistiveTouch shortcut on any screen on your iOS device.

Tap on the option you want to use.

Tap on the AssistiveTouch shortcut, and see the Options

Notification Center: It lets you access Notification Center quickly.

Control Center: It allows you to access Control Center effortlessly.

Siri: It lets you activate Siri with ease.

Home: Brings you to the Home screen without having to press the Home button.

Custom: It lets you perform and add custom gestures such as zooming.

Device: It lets you perform several functions such as locking the screen, changing the volume, rotating the screen etc.

Though these are the default, you can change them.

How to add custom gestures to AssistiveTouch in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You have the option to add custom gestures to AssistiveTouch as well.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap General → Accessibility → AssistiveTouch.

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on Create New Gesture.

Tap on Create New Gesture

Step #3. Now, you have to either tap or swipe in order to create a new gesture.

You have to either tap or swipe in order to create a new gesture

Step #4. Once you are done, you will have to tap on Stop at the bottom right corner.

Tap on Stop at the bottom right corner

Step #5. Next, you can tap on Play to preview the gesture, Record to re-record it or Save at the top right corner to save it.

tap on Play to preview the gesture, or Save it

Step #6. Give your gesture name and then tap on Save.

Give your gesture name and then tap on Save

Alternately, you can tap on Custom in the AssistiveTouch menu and hit one of the add button to add custom gestures.

In order to access your custom gesture, bring up assistive touch menu and tap on Custom.

Customize the Top Level menu for AssistiveTouch in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

There is an option to customize the top level menu for AssistiveTouch. You are allowed to have maximum eight icons and minimum one. When you bring up AssistiveTouch menu, you will see this menu first.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap General → Accessibility → AssistiveTouch.

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on Customize Top Level Menu.

Tap on Customize Top Level Menu

Step #3. Now, you need to tap one of the add buttons or tap an existing icon.

Tap one of the add buttons or tap an existing icon

Step #4. Tap a function or action.

Tap a function or action

Step #5. Tap on Done at the top right corner.

Tap on Done at the top right corner

Step #6. Tap on the plus and minus buttons at the bottom right in order to add or subtract buttons.

Tap on the plus and minus buttons to add or subtract buttons

That’s it!

Later, if you changed your mind or no longer like the layout, simply tap on Reset from the bottom to remove it.

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