Spotlight: Assistive Touch puts a convenient virtual shortcut button on your Android screen

Spotlight: Assistive Touch puts a convenient virtual shortcut button on your Android screen
Assistive Touch apps aren't a new concept in the Android app kingdom, but those who'd like an extra virtual button for shortcuts and toggles on their device have it great, because there's a huge selection of apps with this purpose. Assistive Touch (Touch Easy) is one of those. It may have an awkward name, but it completes the task given, and is supremely simple to use. 

Basically, you install it, and you instantly receive a tiny button to the side of your screen. With it, the world is yours! For starters, you get five shortcuts shaped in a cross pattern - Lock, Favor, Phone Boost, Setting, and Home. These are self-explanatory, with the exception of Phone Boost - this one instantly frees up RAM memory. You can add four more alongside those five shortcuts, or go to the next page of buttons where you get toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location, Volume, Airplane Mode, Flashlight, and Screen Rotation. 

Moreover, in the app's Settings menu, you can choose between Smooth, Normal, and Quick animation speed, as well as adjust the Size and Alpha sliders. There's background color adjustment as well, if you'd like to add some charming hues to the shortcuts menu. You can also change the app icon, which is a welcome, if inessential trick. 

And that's about it - get Assistive Touch from the link below and give it a spin. The app is free and has no advertisements outside the main configuration interface.

Developer: ATSBDownload: Android
Category: TweaksPrice: Free

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12 Comments

1. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

iphone users have this kind of app because they worry they will wear down the iphone's button. no reason for this app for android users

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Dumb post^^^ This feature has been on iOS in the accessibility menu, providing those that may have problems tapping or holding the home, power, and volume buttons, or swiping certain gestures that you can instead program your own... I also seen this used in situations were the phone has been crushed, drowned, or dismembered that physical buttons may not be working or missing due to abuse or accidental drops - in which case AssistiveTouch allowed an override with software buttons and not hinder the ability to use your broken phone to full potential... The funny thing, this looks EXACTLY like the little floating button on iOS and does pretty much the same - I thought Androids can do everything iPhones can do and then some? Yet another feature brought to you buy iOS...

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

im guessing you havnt done any research or own an android phone, because this feature as well as apps similar like it ,has been on android for years now.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm pretty sure android had everything for years now - but I keep seeing things that are common on iOS added to android weekly in a form of an app or OS level. My problem is really depends on which android phone you have - I got one iPhone it does what all of android put together does. Yet androids consortium still lacks some of the key features of iOS that I use everyday. Please ask me which ones they are, lol. The fanboy arguments here tend to seem like every Apple hater literally carries 5-6 android phones because one feature is on this phone, the other is on this phone, you get both on the third one, but you lack something else. And so on.

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I pretty much lost interest in your comment when you said "iphone does what all of android put together does" if that was true i would of stayed with iphones ever since i bought my 1st apple product, the iphone 4S. Anyway like i said, the are many apps before this one, that does similar or exact function meaning almost all android phones can have this feature?

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm glad you took a bite. My point was if you take any single android phone and the iPhone I bet you I'll have more useful features than you. But fanboys put a multitude of android phones against one iPhone. For example, you may have split screen - I got find my friends, you may have Google now - so do I and Siri and I bet cortana soon as well, you have 8-cores, I have 64 bit hardware and software running for almost 2 years. You can change fonts, I can manage full app permissions for 3rd party and native apps. You had widgets, I have no bloat. And for multitasking, you have to manage yours with greenify - I don't (and don't tell constant running apps lets you switch faster when there are videos from phonebuffallo that prove otherwise - constant running apps just drain battery and hog up processors). With android it's a trade off - one phone has instant updates, but lacks in camera and design, one phone has fingerprint sensor, but littered with bloat, on phone has a built in pen but aweful touch wiz launcher. One phone has expendable memory but takes a year to get an update. With iPhone - it covers all aspects properly. It holds up its value when it comes to trade in (and if you're not lazy you are left with extra cash after you purchase a new one) iOS has the best ecosystem and App Store quality - you know, the main reason we have smartphones (not just to change fonts). Maybe some of these things aren't important to you but don't kid yourself iPhones do have many features yet to be found on android. I can out-Siri your Google Now any day. I can out-AppStore your GooglePlay, I can out-modify-my-apps your I-can-change-my-fonts!

2. gaming64 unregistered

Had this already on iOS.

3. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Hmm, not really understanding the purpose of this app.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

In iOS it was put into Accessability Menu to help those that may have hard time with physical buttons (elderly, disabled, etc).. On android it seems as just another "me too" thing again.

9. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Have you even owned an Android phone? This feature has been part of Android phones for many years. My Galaxy S4 does it and there's probably older phones that have it too.

13. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

lazy swipe is the best

15. xShinx

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

Comments are quite funny, especially the iphone fanboy. Lol! Had he said iphone have a stable OS than android, that it doesnt lag or hang overtime and just that, i would have not be interested in commenting as i will be agreeing to him. But to "debate" over an app, just quite funny. And im not sure if assistive touch works as what like he explained for erdrly etc that have hard time pressing button, coz after u turned off the screen, you will still be needing to press the button to open the screen and make the assistive touch function again. As far as i know, assistive touch is integrated coz iphone having only home and power button to open the screen makes those buttons malfunction and assistive touch helps to lessen the usage of those buttons thats the reason why users are also using it on android phones, atleast thats why i use it. Well, i really like it to have the iphone, infairness, coz of the stable os thru time, but then i realized it has an integrated battery which means i could easily wear off the battery. Which on other phones, they offer the battery to be replaceable. But well, i wish they wouldnt totally adapt the integrated battery, people like me might have jump to iphone if so. Lol!

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