AssistiveTouch is another great accessibility feature in iOS 16. It provides shortcuts for basic tasks like locking the screen, opening app switcher, etc. It’s a great help if you’re having trouble navigating or clicking buttons. But what if AssistiveTouch is not working on your iPhone? Don’t worry; The fixes in this article will help you!

  1. Turn AssistiveTouch on and off.
  2. AssistiveTouch reset
  3. Set AssistiveTouch opacity
  4. Restart your iPhone
  5. Clear all settings
  6. Update your iPhone

1. Turn AssistiveTouch on and off.

AssistiveTouch updates efficiently when turned on and off. So there is a good chance that the feature will appear and work better.

  1. Open Settings → Accessibility.
  2. Select Touch → AssistiveTouch.
  3. Turn off AssistiveTouch.

    Disable Assistive Touch on iPhone

  4. Wait a few seconds and turn it back on.

2. Reset AssistiveTouch

If AssistiveTouch does not move after the updated toggle, you may have inadvertently changed the settings for this feature. The AssistiveTouch menu, by default, simply activates Siri and does nothing else if all features are disabled.

In this case, you can reset AssistiveTouch to work again. It cleans the main menu of the button and solves all the problems.

  1. Go to Settings → Accessibility → Touch Screen → AssistiveTouch.
  2. Select Customize top level menu.
  3. Click Reset.

    Customize the top level menu, and select the Reset option in Accessibility.

3. Adjust AssistiveTouch opacity

Decreasing the opacity of the AssistiveTouch globe may cause it to disappear. Thus, you have to increase the visibility of the button in order to use it properly. We recommend a minimum opacity of 40% for people with normal vision.

  1. Go to Settings → Accessibility → Touch Screen → AssistiveTouch.
  2. Click on Idle Opacity.
  3. Move the slider to increase visibility to your liking.

    Select Opacity in standby mode, and adjust accordingly in Accessibility.

4. Restart your iPhone

Restarting iPhone is the first step to fix AssistiveTouch not working issue in iOS 16. It fixes all temporary issues, crashes, and system issues. Try a forced restart if a simple device restart doesn’t work.

Drag the slider to turn off iPhone 11.

5. Reset all settings

It may happen that some display settings interfere with AssistiveTouch functions. Therefore, it is recommended to reset all settings of your iPhone and go back to the default settings. And don’t worry! Your data will not be deleted at all.

  1. Open Settings → General.
  2. Choose Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  3. Tap Reset → Reset all settings.
  4. Enter the password.
  5. Confirm by clicking Reset All Settings.

    Clear all settings

6. Update your iPhone

If your iPhone is running an older version of iOS, you may encounter several issues. So make sure you always use the latest version of iOS.

  1. Go to Settings → General → Software Update.
  2. Click Download and Install if any pending updates are available.

    Go to Settings, General, Software Update, download and install it.

Also, turn on all features in the Automatic Updates section.

Your faithful helper!

Finding the AssistiveTouch not working on your iPhone issue can be frustrating, especially if you rely on it for accessibility purposes. However, with the troubleshooting steps in this blog, you should be able to fix it and get AssistiveTouch working again.

Your touch screen may become unresponsive if you have a thick screen protector on. So you can get a high quality screen protector. If nothing works, you can contact Apple Support.

Find out more…

  • Top accessibility tips for iPhone users
  • How to use Settings for each app on iPhone
  • How to use Voice Control on iPhone