Quick Tip: How to Bypass Your Broken Home Button Using AssistiveTouch

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A broken or unresponsive home button on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can be extremely frustrating, especially if the device is no longer within its warranty coverage period. But, what most people fail to realize, is that there is a native iOS solution to this problem that does not require jailbreaking or spending any money. As noted by iFans forum member TempzZ, there is an accessibility option called AssistiveTouch that is bundled within iOS 5 or later. To enable the feature, navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.

When enabled, AssistiveTouch places a circular object on your home and lock screens that, once tapped, pop open a window with a number of different shortcuts for the home button, screen rotation, volume toggles, multitasking bar, screenshots and more. The circle dims away into the background when it’s not in use, and you might even find it convenient enough to use even if your tactile buttons are still functional on your iOS device.

Do you use AssistiveTouch? Is there an alternative that you use?

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