While they might not be considered as the most populated genre of Cydia tweaks, there are a few offerings available in the jailbreak store that might make you frequently use the awesome accessibility options offered in iOS. Anyone who doesn’t have visual or auditory impairments might not have used the accessibility options even once. So, wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way of turning accessibility options into gesture control? In the past, we have covered tweaks like Speaking Keyboard that makes use of the Voice Over feature to make the stock iOS keyboard more useful. MyAssistive is another similar tweak but instead of Voice Over, it focuses on AssistiveTouch. By default, AssistiveTouch can do a lot of things; in fact, some might say it can do too many things, which makes it very confusing and kills its original purpose of making lives of users simpler. MyAssistive lets you program the hovering button to perform just one task of your choice, which can make you feel like having a brand new hardware button.
MyAssistive has a menu of its own in the stock Settings app, but using the ‘Enable’ toggle within this menu won’t let you start using the tweak right away; AssistiveTouch still has to be enabled separately. If you haven’t dealt with this feature of iOS, do the following:
- Launch the stock Settings app.
- Navigate to the ‘General’ section,
- Look for AssistiveTouch under the Accessibility menu’s ‘Physical & Motor’ options.
- Toggle the feature on.
Once enabled, a translucent button appears at the top of the screen, and you can drag it anywhere along the edges. Now that the control has been enabled, it’s time to assign a task to it via MyAssistive.
Some of the features listed under the tweak’s ‘Replace with’ menu are available in AssistiveTouch by default, but you have to make your way through a maze of options to find them. With the tweak, however, you can accomplish these tasks by simply tapping the hovering button once. AssistiveTouch can be configured to perform tasks like locking the screen, revealing the App Switcher tray, muting the device, taking screenshots and even adjusting the volume.
While most of these actions can be performed by simply tapping the AssistiveTouch button, things are a bit different if you have configured it to control the volume of your device. If you intend to increase the volume, make sure the button is on the left half of the screen before you tap it (drag it there if it isn’t already there). Similarly, volume can be reduced by tapping it while it is on the right half of the screen. The position of the button matters for muting and unmuting the volume as well
MyAssistive is a great tweak if you use AssistiveTouch just for a single purpose, or even if you don’t use it frequently at all. Give it a go for free by heading to the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store.