Ruslan Panfilov writes to us
I have been using my 4th for more than a year and a half. There were no complaints, everything worked like a Swiss watch. However, just recently the lock key broke, and this added a little inconvenience. Although the phone’s display only responds to finger pressure, he lived his life in his pants pocket. I went into different programs, called people and the like. Yes, and the battery "iPhone" sat down much faster, since the phone was almost always with the display turned on. The auto-lock function helped out a little in this situation, but it was annoying to wait one minute until the phone goes into sleep mode, to put it mildly.
Of course, everyone understands that in such cases you need to contact the service center, but at that time I was in the country, and the nearest service for repairing equipment was 130 km from me. And then one fine evening a friend of the girl, who is practically not versed in iOS, explained to me how to lock the phone screen instantly, without any physical keys. At first I thought that a girl who does not understand anything in the iOS operating system can hardly teach a person who knows almost everything about Apple and its products, but I was mistaken. All you need to do to lock the phone with a few taps is to activate the AssistiveTouch function (Settings.> The main ones.> Universal access.> AssistiveTouch).
After that, a small button appears on the screen, which is located on top of the desktop and moves freely around all edges of the display. By pressing this key, the Assistive Touch menu opens, in which you can not only lock the phone, but also adjust the volume of the phone, press the Home button and so on. And this is also very useful when the above physical buttons do not work.
The Home button on tablets and Apple phones has two aspects: physical and virtual. If the owner cannot exert any influence on the mechanical element, the graphic analogue can be displayed and removed from the screen at any time.
Simple and understandable step-by-step instructions in our article will allow you to quickly remove the Home button from the iPhone screen , and she will teach how to activate the Home function again.
To remove the virtual button “Home” you will need to go into the settings and follow a simple path:
- “Settings” / “Settings”.
- "Basic" / "General".
- Deactivate the AssistiveTouch function.
The fact that the Home button is turned off will show a change in the color display: green ON turns into gray OFF
Need remove the home button more often rare, users of Apple products, on the contrary, seek to bring virtual control to the screen.
To activate the graphic version of “Home”, many consider it necessary as a preventive measure. After all, the less often you press the standard version of the Home button, the longer the iPhone lives without repairing or replacing a physical button.
Displaying the multitasking button on the iPhone screen is as easy as removing it.
The sequence is identical and differs only in the last paragraph:
- “Settings” / “Settings”.
- "Basic" / "General".
- "Universal access" / "Accessibility".
- Activation of the AssistiveTouch function.
Accordingly, the button changes the gray color to green, indicating that the virtual control is displayed on the iPhone screen.
You can make returning the home button even easier. Pressing the built-in control three times activates a special menu.
It also has an AssistiveTouch function, which takes the user to the right place in the settings and allows you to turn on the Home with a single tap.
Additional functions of the Home button
Home is a multitasking key. In fact, this is another menu for quick management of iPhone services.
Everyone knows her standard use cases:
- Single press – return to the main menu.
- Double tap to open multitasking.
- Triple press – call additional features.
Additional features can be turned on or off also in the "Universal Access" in the settings, noting the necessary options in the "Keyboard Shortcuts".
What can be set or deactivated in this miniature special menu?
- "Inversion of color." Change all the screen shades to the opposite, which is convenient for adapting the device for reading at night.
- "Increase." A great magnifier for visually impaired users, as well as a convenient way to view small pictures on the Internet.
- "AssistiveTouch". Quick call of the "home" button and its instant shutdown.
- "SwitchControl". Adapting iPhone controls to the limited capabilities of some users. With the correct setting of the “switches”, you can adjust the operation of the phone services with head movements, a single touch or via Bluetooth.
- Shades of Gray. Putting the product in black and white mode to save energy or just like that.
You can connect or remove any of these functions, but you won’t be able to add new tasks to this list. Yes, and why? IPhones are an ideal user technique that gives everyone the maximum.
The only thing the owner needs to do is to master all the features of an ultramodern smartphone and use them 100%.
In the new operating system from Apple iOS 10, the principle of unlocking the phone has changed. Previously, you just had to put your finger on the fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone. In iOS 10, you have to click on the Home button.
According to Apple, this is done on purpose. With a finger on the Touch ID, you can view notifications without unlocking the phone. For those who want to immediately get to the home screen, Apple has provided the ability to reconfigure Touch ID to fit your needs.
Configure iPhone unlock with a sensor
You can reconfigure the unlock mode of your iPhone or iPad in the settings. I’ll clarify what we’re talking about iOS 10. Go to the Settings menu and scroll to the “General” menu item.
Next, click "Accessibility" (Accessibility). Scroll down a bit and find the Home button. It is located above the Reachability “Access” switch, which helps you control the device with one hand. When you enable Reachability mode, the screen slides down, making it easier to access the upper elements.
Go to the settings of the "Home" key. Here there is a new setting “Finger to unlock” (Rest Finger to Open). Turn on. Now you can unlock your iPhone simply by placing your finger on the Home button. The setting is available only for devices with Touch ID.
If you decide to return to the factory settings in order to unlock the iOS 10 screen by pressing the Home key, disable the setting.
Assistive Touch and other settings
In the settings of the Home button, you can configure the speed at which the button is pressed (click speed). This setting does not affect the unlock time. It adjusts the sensitivity of the button, the speed of double or triple pressing the button. There are 3 modes available: default (Default), slow (Slow) and very slow (Slowest).
Assistive touch – allows you to quickly access applications or device settings through gestures of one or more fingers. We don’t even have to go into the settings. The Assistive touch function is especially useful for those whose Home button is broken or the sensor does not work.
To enable the function, go back to the "Universal Access" menu and select "Assistive touch". When turned on, you will see a dark icon in the corner of the screen. This is your new Assistive touch menu.
Click on the icon. A quick link menu opens. The following menu items are available: notification center, device, control center, home, Siri, user. Clicking on the home icon is equivalent to clicking on the "Home" button.
The breakdown of the Home button is not a private phenomenon, however, when this happens the user is practically deprived of the opportunity to fully use his iPhone. Indeed, without this button it is impossible to return to the main screen, close applications, switch between running applications and perform many other operations.
The most correct decision in a similar situation. This is to contact the service center. But, there is not always time and money to repair your favorite gadget. Sometimes you need a phone right now, but it actually doesn’t work. In this case, there is a temporary solution. You can display the Home button on the iPhone screen and press it using the touch screen.
You can use this method on any iPhone model that is updated to iOS 5 or a more modern version. And these are such models as iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, 8 and iPhone X.
How to enable the Home button on the iPhone screen
If you want to display the "Home" button on the screen of your iPhone, then for this you will need to go into the settings and enable the "Assistive Touch" function there. To do this, open the "Settings" application and go to the "General" section.
And go to the settings of the "Assistive Touch" function.
Here, at the very top of the screen, you need to activate the switch, which is responsible for turning off and on the "Assistive Touch" function.
After turning on the “Assistive Touch” function, a floating round button should appear on the screen, which will look something like the screenshot below.
The appearance of this button means that the "Assistive Touch" function is turned on and now it can be used to control the iPhone without using hardware buttons, for example, such as the "Home" button.
How to click the Home button on the iPhone screen
Now a few words about how to press the Home button using the iPhone screen. To do this, click on the floating button of the "Assistive Touch" function. As a result, a menu of several items should appear on the screen. Among other things, there will be a Home button. Click on it and your iPhone will react as if you pressed the hardware button on the device’s body.
If suddenly there is no “Home” button in your menu, then go back to the iPhone Settings and open the section “General – Universal Access – Assistive Touch – Top Level Menu”.
Here you can configure which options are available in the Assistive Touch menu. To add the Home button, click on any of the available options.
And in the list that opens, select the "Home" button.
Here you can also reset the “Assistive Touch” settings or increase the number of available options.
What else can you do with the Assistive Touch feature
"Assistive Touch." This is a feature designed primarily for people with disabilities. As already mentioned, with its help, you can display the Home button on the iPhone screen and press it without using a real hardware button on the case. But besides this, “Assistive Touch” provides a ton of other features. For example, with its help you can:
- Open the notification list or Control Center;
- Emulate the use of gestures and shaking the device;
- Control the sound volume;
- Enable screen lock;
- Enable screen rotation or orientation lock;
- Take screenshots;
- Manage multitasking;
- Use the camera as a magnifier;
- As you know, the Home button on your iPhone or iPad It is intended not only to turn the device on or off, but also other important functions. We will talk about them in this article.
So, the button "Home "Located under the screen, can do the following :
- Return to the home screen;
- Open multitasking mode;
- Start and stop Siri ;
- Call the lock screen;
- Activate "Easy Access" (works, starting from iPhone 6 );
But these opportunities are far from all that are available to you with this miracle button. Below we will talk about five more functions with the “Home ”That you might not even know about. We immediately warn that some of them may be available only with and above. Therefore, if you have not yet updated the operating system, we advise you to do it right now in order to be able to take full advantage of the new features.
Disable Easy Access to prevent accidental clicks
After Apple introduced a new line of 4.7 and 5.5-inch smartphones iPhone 6 and 6 Plus , to hold them in one hand, and at the same time, it became almost impossible to reach all the necessary icons on the screen. To do this, the Cupertinians came up with the “Easy Access” function: when the Home button is briefly touched by a sensor, part of the screen slides down for a few seconds. This gives the user additional convenience in managing and interacting with the smartphone, because with a downward-shifted screen, getting to even the most distant icons (located on top) is really not as difficult as before.
However, as practical experience shows us, only the smallest part of owners use the “Easy Access” function iPhone , and that is extremely rare. So, often, it even causes some discomfort with random taps, and users have to completely turn it off. How to do it? Very simple. Go to the basic settings of your iPhone, then go to the Universal Access menu, then go to the “Interaction” section and turn the switch to the “gray” (inactive) position near the “Easy Access” item.
In addition to the various functions of the Home button, there are those that require a double or even triple successive pressing. But these clicks should be performed at the fastest pace, which is not always convenient for ordinary inhabitants or people in adulthood. In this regard, Apple has provided the ability to reduce the speed of pressing through individual settings.
Going to "Universal Access" through the basic settings of your iPhone , select “Home”, after which there will be three options for the speed of pressing “Fast”, “Slow” and “Very Slow”. Set the one that seems most convenient to you, and press the "Home »It will be possible at a normal, comfortable pace, and not at a convulsive pace, as it was before.
Surely, everyone who actively uses their iPhone, namely: often takes screenshots, we use the “Easy Access” mode and other functions, Siri turns on again along with its characteristic sound. Often this simply interferes in places or in an environment where such a sound is completely undesirable. As a result, there is only one way out –
To do this, go back to the settings, where find the menu "". Next, you will see the “Access with screen lock” menu, by going to which a switch will appear opposite the “Siri” inscription – this is the on / off button.
If you want to turn off the voice assistant completely , go to the device settings again, and then go to the Siri menu. There you will find a switch that you just need to deactivate by turning it into a gray position. Then a pop-up menu will appear, confirm your action on it, and Siri will be turned off.
Assign action to triple tapping
We heard that there is a triple press of the button "Home ", But didn’t know what it was for? First of all, you can assign some actions to it. To find out if this feature is activated on your iPhone, go to the basic settings and "Universal Access". There you will find the “Keyboard Shortcut” button, which can be either activated or disabled (by default). By going to the appropriate menu, you will be presented with several options for using the triple pressing of the Home button at once.
Let’s move on to the function about which users iPhone and iPad heard the least – cleaning the RAM using the "Home" button. This procedure can speed up work and increase productivity relative to older Apple devices, whose RAM during use can be very full and really interfere with the correct operation of the system.
To clear RAM and on your Apple device, hold down the on / off button and hold until the slider “Switch off ". Without turning off the device, immediately press the "Home ", Then automatically go to the desktop. Everything on this RAM is cleared.