How to Set up Assistive Access on Your iPhone or iPad

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As an accessibility feature, Assistive Access allows a person with cognitive disabilities to use their iPhone or iPad without any help from others. This accessibility feature is available on an iPhone with iOS 17 or later and an iPad with iPadOS 17 or later. It changes the user interface and appearance of your Apple device by displaying only the essential apps and a few operating system experiences. As a first-time user, you could have issues while setting up this accessibility feature on your iPhone or iPad.  

What to Do Before You Move to Setup Assistive Access on Your iPhone or iPad  

Setting up the Assistive Access on an iPhone or iPad becomes easier with the help of a reliable supporter. The supporter could be a family member, a friend, or caregiver. You, the person with cognitive disabilities, may give the access of your account information, like Apple ID with respective password or the device passcode to that trusted person. 

You need to set up the Assistive Access feature before you can start using it. In addition, you need to ensure your iPhone has an iOS 17 operating system or later and the iPad has an iPadOS 17 or later, especially when your Apple device is already set up.    

Turn on Assistive Access Setup on Your Device

Step 1: Go to the Accessibility option after opening the Settings application on the iPhone or iPad. 

Accessibility option

Step 2: Now, opt for Assistive Access. 

Assistive Access

Step 3: Click on Set Up Assistive Access. 

Set Up Assistive Access

Step 4: After that, touch the option, Continue. 


Verify Your Apple ID

Step 1: Ensure that the displayed Apple ID relates to the person who will be using it if you have signed in your device with an Apple ID. 

Step 2: Click on the Change Apple ID option when the displayed Apple ID is wrong. 

Step 3: Log in to the device with the user’s Apple ID and password after logging out with the existing one. Create an Apple ID for the person if he/she has no Apple ID. 

Select the Layout for Apps on Your iPhone or iPad

Step 1: Go to the Home Screen Settings app. 

Step 2: Click on the layout option you want on your device. The options usually are – Rows for an easily readable list or Grid for an emphasis on the app images/icons. 

Select and Personalize Apps on Your Device

Step 1: Click on the Add button (plus sign) and select options for a particular app to add an app. 

Step 2: Add, remove, or customize apps after clicking on the app you want to add, remove, or personalize. 

Verify Your Device Passcode

Step 1: Ensure you (the person with cognitive disabilities) know the device code if you are willing to use Assistive Access and you have set it. The device passcode is numerical and assists in unlocking iPhone or iPad. 

Step 2: Set up Touch ID or Face ID based on the iPhone/iPad model to enable the person with cognitive disabilities to unlock the device with their finger, face, or thumb. 

Step 3: Click on Change Security Settings to change the Face ID, device passcode, or Touch ID if required. 

Step 4: Come back to Settings, Accessibility, Assistive Access, and then Continue if you leave making changes to security settings in the middle. 

Create the Passcode for Assistive Access

Step 1: Launch the Settings application on your device. 

Step 2: Tap on Set Assistive Access passcode by scrolling down the displayed options. 

Step 3: Enter the desired four numbers (from 1 to 9) to set the passcode. 

Step 4: Type your Apple ID with the respective password as you set the Assistive access passcode. It will facilitate exit from Assistive access and set a passcode again if you forget it. Skip this process if you have no Apple ID.  

Exit from the Assistive Access on Your iPhone/iPad

Step 1: Go to the side button on the iPhone with Face ID or the Home button.

Step 2: Select Existing Assistive Access. 

Step 3: Tap on Continue after entering the passcode. It will make you exit from the Assistive Access on your device. 

Start Using the Assistive Access on Your Device 

To enter Assistive Access now or later, you need to:

Step 1: Choose Assistive Access after going to the Settings application on your device. 

Step 2: Click on the Start Using assistive Access option. 

Step 3: Enter the passcode you created to start using this feature. 

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