So you’ve been a happy iPhone user since day 1 until your iPhone’s home button becomes stubborn and unresponsive. Sometimes you just need to press it harder, but often times it doesn’t react at all. I know the feeling, in frustration I almost throw away my phone. Good thing I kept my sanity and figured out this quick and easy remedy. You don’t need to open your phone, nor go to the nearest repair shop to fix it, you can still use it right away! Thanks to the built-in accessibilty tool in iOS 5 called AssistiveTouch.
Here’s how activate AssitiveTouch and use your iPhone even with unresponsive or busted home button:
- Open the “Settings” App, if there’s an active app and you can’t access the home screen, you may need to restart your phone first.
- Once you get to the Settings, tap on “General”, then hit “Accessibility” just below “International” menu.
- Tap “AssitiveTouch” and set it to “on”. If you can’t find it you may need to upgrade to the latest iOS version.
One AssitiveTouch is active, you’ll notice a transparent circle inside a round cornered box. Tapping it will activate the on screen menu which includes Device, Home,
Favorites, and Gestures icon. You can single tap the home button, double tap or even triple tap it and your iPhone will act accordingly as it would using the physical home button.
Aside from that handy on-screen Home Button, other nice feature AssitiveTouch includes is the ability to turn the volume up and down, change the screens orientation, and toggle mute without touching the equivalent physical button functions. You can even initiate “Shake” without shaking the device.
The good thing is you get to use your phone instantly, however, I find that circle inside rounded rectangular button, a bit annoying. Although I rarely activate it accidental, it moves around the screen and distracts attention.
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