Do you use an Assistive Touch menu?

Assistive Touch is a feature, present on Apple's iPhones and many Android phones (even if you don't have it on yours, you can easily install a 3rd party app that simulates it). When enabled, it resembles a floating transparent button, ever present on the phone's screen. Tap it and you get a custom menu, which allows users to interact with their phone easier — you can get access to home and back buttons here, as well as various gesture controls to activate certain phone functions easier.

The Assistive Touch menu is usually a savior for people who manage to break their home or power buttons, as it allows them to use said functions. In its core, it's there to help people with certain disabilities, but with today's huge smartphones — many choose to use it just to make their phone much more manageable with one hand (since the Assistive floating bubble can be repositioned at any time and always be a thumb distance away from the palm that handles the phone).

On the other hand, though, the Assistive Touch bubble is rather unsightly, adds an annoying layer of manual UI management (read: trying to keep it out of your way when not in need), and some versions of it are either a bit finnicky, or take you through a plethora of side menus before letting you perform a certain action.

So, Assistive Touch – do you use it, or do you prefer to act as if it doesn't exist? Let us know!

Do you use Assistive Touch?




21. AlikMalix unregistered

I don't use it at all, but I use accessibility "home button triple click manu" I have it custom set up with: Guided Access to lock my kids into the app and take away certain functions like home button and in app purchase buttons, the. I have custom screen color to dark red - for using the phone while putting little one to sleep, I also have the "invert colors" option there too for reading, but rarely use it - since iBooks automatically set to DarkMode when it's dark in the room. And Reduce White Point function to dim the "white areas" of the pages or apps so it's not glaring in low light situations.

20. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I use it for screen shots, volume and restart functions.

19. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yes on iPhone, never on Samsung galaxy.

18. antmiu2

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Never... owned an iPhone

13. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I do use it if home buttons doesn't work. Handy option.

12. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, nope.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011 I'm shocked at how improved the Galaxy RAM management is, it also loads games way faster. You guys check this out.

14. peace247 unregistered

Damn son...awewome and u can clearly see how iphone just shows the screenshot during multitasking for 4-5 seconds while s8 is instantaneous.

15. peace247 unregistered

But still its the exynos version...cant say same about the sd one. Glad i live in india

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

lucky you, i am tired of snap dragons crap

16. peace247 unregistered

But it's the exynos version. Wait until the sd is compared. Glad I'll get the exynos here in india.

9. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Yes,I do use it on my iPad, cuz home button may break by prolonged use, I've so many broken home buttons.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If i had 6s or bigger I'd definitely use it, on SE though i can do everything easily with one hand so no need for shortcuts

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

why doesn't phone arena ever mention the assistive gestures on galaxy s? i can look left, right... up and down to navigate. use blinks to select...

6. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

From day 1 I have been using assistive touch feature on my ipad mini 2. Main purpose is not to use the home button because its quite vulnerable.... nice feature to have though

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Assisstive touch is very useful on the iPhone. Don't know about Androids though....

3. torr310

Posts: 1736; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

There is one app called "Swipe Home Button". It takes you to the Home Screen by swiping up using the finger print scanner. There are also few other controls by swiping different ways. It takes a few practices to get used to it in the beginning. After that, it works very well.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's not like I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or something (Detective "Monk", anyone?) but I just can't stand something like this that's always on your screen everywhere, doing nothing but diverting your attention...! I prefer my phones simple, easy on the eyes and relatively clutter free... I won't mind a secondary screen though...! Oh well, G'Day!

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you can change it's size and transparency, so you can ignore it most of time.... (I don't use assistive touch, btw)

1. darkkjedii

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5. seret6

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10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Every now and then.

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