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iPhone Button not Working? Try AssistiveTouch

A lot of folks are scared when their iPhone button is not working, be it the Home Button or the Sleep / Wake Button (also known as Power or Standby Button). A costly hardware repair or button replacement is not the only solution if your iPhone’s buttons are starting to fail. There is a handy software solution already built into your device and it is called AssistiveTouch. This guide shows you how to replace the functionality of a broken iPhone button using AssistiveTouch.

How to turn on AssistiveTouch

Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch

Firstly, you will have to open up your “Settings” app. Go to “General”, then “Accessibility” and finally to “Accessibility Shortcut” to configure a Shortcut for AssistiveTouch. By default, a great shortcut is to set it to “triple-click Home”.

How to mimic the Home Button using AssistiveTouch

Press the Home Button three times in a quick succession to access the AssistiveTouch interface. A white dot will appear, you can shift it around to a comfortable to reach area. Tapping the dot will open the AssistiveTouch menu, which consists of six white icons spread across a blurry, dark surface. This menu can be opened on any screen from within any app, so you will always be able to access it.

This menu will allow you to mimic certain features such as the Home button, by tapping “Home” on the AssistiveTouch screen. By going to the “Device” menu, you may access actions such as locking the screen, rotating the screen or changing the volume. As you can see, the AssistiveTouch feature can replace a lot of the functionality the hardware buttons usually provide.

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