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Control your iPad with one finger [Tutorial]

AssistiveTouch simplifies the iPad's controls for those who need help or have broken buttons

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There are several reasons why you might want to simplify the way you interact with your iPad. Whether it is because you’re new to the product, it has broken buttons or you find it difficult to use some of the gestures and buttons, AssistiveTouch is an ideal feature to take full advantage of.

Switch it on in the Settings menu and a floating icon appears that you can tap to activate anywhere, anytime when using your device. The menu that appears enables you to control almost every aspect of using your device with just single taps. This tutorial will show you how to make the most of the tools that AssistiveTouch has to offer, as well as how you can add gestures and then deploy them in a tap so that you don’t have to apply it yourself each time.

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Step 1: Settings

In order to enable AssistiveTouch you need to visit the Settings menu and then tap the General option. In the second group of options is Accessibility; tap it to proceed.

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 10.22.36Step 2: AssistiveTouch

Within the Accessibility section of the Settings menu there is a section titled Physical & Motor. The middle option is AssistiveTouch; tap it and flick the switch to green.


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Step 3: Activation button

AssistiveTouch is now active, and you will notice a black and white button has now appeared on the screen. Tap and hold it to position it where you want around the edge of the screen.


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Step 4: Home

Tap this floating button and you are presented with four options to choose from. The bottom of these is labelled Home, and tapping this returns you straight to your home screen.


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Step 5: Siri

Directly opposite Home is a Siri option, and this opens the personal assistant with a tap. This is very useful for those who may find it difficult to activate Siri via the physical Home button.


Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 10.23.44Step 6: Device

The Device option is the first you’ll see that has layers to it. It takes you to a sub-menu where you can adjust features like volume, as well alter the number of fingers used for gestures.


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Step 7: Favorites

The final icon on this screen is Favorites, and this area is used to create and save gestures that you can then use anywhere across your iPad’s interface – using only one finger.


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Step 8: Add gesture

To add a gesture tap one of the empty spaces in the Favorites menu and then perform the gesture on-screen. You can then name and save a shortcut for it, ready for quick use.


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Step 9: Deploying gestures

Having created a gesture, you can then deploy it when you need to by selecting it from the Favorites section and using one finger to apply it – so you don’t have to do the full one each time.