Results: do you use Assistive Touch?

Results: do you use Assistive Touch?
Assistive Touch is a feature, hidden in the settings of many Android phones and present on Apple's iPhones. It's 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.

Originally meant to help people with certain disabilities, the Assistive Touch menu has become the savior for people who manage to break their home or power buttons, as it allows them to use said functions, and is even regularly used by those who are just having trouble with the screen size of their phablet. 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.

We thought we'd ask you - do you use it? Here's how you answered:

Do you use Assistive Touch?

Yes
33.12%
Sometimes
11.59%
Never
55.29%

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12 Comments

1. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

IMHO, its the iOS users that use it the most. 8 out of 10 iOS users i've seen are using this thing and 5 out of those 8 say they use it to save the home button. As far ar Android is concern, in last 6 years, if you ask me what ratio I've seen, it would be like 1 in 250 perhaps. One of the greatest reason behind the success iOS Assistive Touch is the fluidity behind the thing. Android Assistive Touch on the other hand is ugly and sluggish (as on most of Sammys I've had. Ref: my "Phone List")

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6711; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have to be kidding: none of the people that has an iPhone and I know uses this feature.

8. willywanta

Posts: 499; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

No kidding. I use iPhone 6s+ and i use this assistive touch feature. Many of my iPhone using friend do. Back then, people said that iPhones home buttons are quite fragile. So in order to save it, we are recommended to use assistive button.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6711; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm not even going to try explaining why it's idiotic what you have just said. But wouldn't you rather wanna keep your fingers of the display in order to save it?

10. AlikMalix unregistered

That's just stupid, I have had 7 iOS products: Two iPhone 3GS for 5 years both, iPhone 5 used for 3.5 years (now used as a remote camera), iPhone 5s used for 2 years and still being used today but not as primary, Two iPhone 6s's and they're currently used today since october of 2015, and an iPad 3 (purchased in 2012) ---- none had a home button issues. I know it's just 7 devices but that's my experience. I'm also a resident of central California - all devices here are dominantly iPhones specifically most of my relatives - as a fan we we all glance at what people use - and I'm yet to catch someone using assistive touch feature. If there was an epidemic type of situation LIKE YOU GUYS DESCRIBE, with iPhone homebuttons similar to the note7 burning up situation - don't you think this would be all over the news and lawsuits would rain on Apple for this? Stop lying.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I have never seen anyone use this. My area is 85% iPhone users.

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

Same, I very barely see anyone using this feature

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I saw someone use it on iPhone 4 or 4s model 3 years ago, and that's because the button area and screen were smashed to bits.

6. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

That's my case on shelved ip4. Because of not working home button.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Is it smashed? Damaged?

5. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

There are so many apps made by the same developer, which one do you even download?

12. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

In case you're composing the scene with focus away from center, that's mostly necessary for the intended result. That's also good practise with slower lenses or less than ideal distance for autofocos to work reliably.

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