Home button gone AWOL?

23 Apr

Brocken or non-responsive home iPhones/iPads/iPods button happens a lot but when it happens to you, it’s a pain!

Not anymore, because now you will have a solution.
. Solution 1, go to Apple to have it fixed. Gonna cost you …
. Solution 2, buy a new iPhone … not cheap either or
. Solution 3, turn on the “assistive touch” … Cheap and you’ll survive until iPhone5s will be released …

The “assistive touch” is a function that has been designed to operate gestures with only one finger or a stylus instead of using 2-3-4 or 5 fingers gesture.

Among the advantages and shortcuts it brings you, it will offer you a brand new fully working virtual home button that you will be able to place wherever you want on your screen.

To set up it, go to “settings“, “general“, “accessibility” then scroll down to “assertive touch” and toggle it on.

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Now when you tap the white button, it opens a 4 icons-menu
. Siri, to start discussing with Siri
. Device, to select the following options: lock screen, rotate screen, volume up/down/mute and more
. Favourites, the favourite gestures you created
. Home, the famous home button you have issue with

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But let’s dig a little bit deeper to see what else the “assistive touch” can bring you.
. You can create customised gestures that you will trigger with only one finger (great when you wear gloves and only have the index available to touch the screen …)
. Here are some examples, “SwipeRight” to use to browse your pictures for example

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Extra tips if you want to go further with the “assertive touch” menu
. Tap 3 secs the “Lock screen” and the “power off” screen will appear with its slide
. When I use it with my lifeproof case, the home button is a little bit hard to push and I prefer to spare it by using the virtual home button. Because I’m lazy and don’t want to go throught the “settings” menu I customized the “triple-click Home” to toggle on and off the “assistive touch“.
To do so, go to “settings”, “General”, “Accessibility”, scroll down to “Triple-click Home” and select “assistive touch”.

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A problem, a question about your iPhone, iPad, don’t hesitate to write me, I’ll try to find a solution 😉

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10 Responses to “Home button gone AWOL?”

  1. El Guapo April 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

    Or, you know, get an android. 😀

  2. viveka April 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM #

    When I read this .. am I so glad that I don’t have any of Apple’s products and I surrive too. Great and helpful post.

  3. letstalkaboutfamily April 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM #

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  4. pattisj April 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    Thanks for the info. Hopefully, I won’t need it! Love my iPhone!

    • chaseitorbchased April 25, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

      Me too, but I like to use it depending the cover I use on my iPhone. 😉

      • pattisj April 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM #

        Always good to have options.

      • chaseitorbchased April 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

        100% with you on this!!

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