Apple sacrificed the iPhone’s physical Home button for an edge-to-edge display on iPhone X. Now you tap and swipe your way around the screen to navigate. But what if you miss the Home button?
Luckily, an old iOS feature can bring it back — sort of.
The Verge rediscovered this feature, called AssistiveTouch, though anyone who uses Apple’s extensive Accessibility settings is familiar with it.
AssistiveTouch puts a virtual home button on your screen, and you can assign multiple functions to it. One tap could return you to the home screen, while 3D Touching the button could capture a screenshot. You can even change the opacity so the button is barely there or extremely prominent, depending on your needs. Here’s how to activate AssistiveTouch on your iPhone X.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Select General.
3. Tap Accessibility.
4. Scroll down and select AssistiveTouch.
5. AssistiveTouch is turned off by default, so toggle it on.
6. On the same menu, you can assign functions to the new virtual button. Want to just return Home with a tap? Done. Pull up the Control Center with a long press? You can do that too. You can even create a custom gesture and assign it a task.
7. AssistiveTouch’s settings also allow you to control the opacity of the button so it’s either extremely visible or barely there. If you don’t want to see it while you’re using apps, I suggest bringing the opacity down a few notches.