Do you use an Assistive Touch menu?

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Assistive Touch is a feature, present on Apple’s iPhones and many Android phones (even if you don’t have it on yours, you can easily install a 3rd party app that simulates it). When enabled, it resembles a floating transparent button, ever present on the phone’s screen. Tap it and you get a custom menu, which allows users to interact with their phone easier — you can get access to home and back buttons here, as well as various gesture controls to activate certain phone functions easier.

The Assistive Touch menu is usually a savior for people who manage to break their home or power buttons, as it allows them to use said functions. In its core, it’s there to help people with certain disabilities, but with today’s huge smartphones — many choose to use it just to make their phone much more manageable with one hand (since the Assistive floating bubble can be repositioned at any time and always be a thumb distance away from the palm that handles the phone).

On the other hand, though, the Assistive Touch bubble is rather unsightly, adds an annoying layer of manual UI management (read: trying to keep it out of your way when not in need), and some versions of it are either a bit finnicky, or take you through a plethora of side menus before letting you perform a certain action.

So, Assistive Touch – do you use it, or do you prefer to act as if it doesn’t exist? Let us know!

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