How to Remove a Grey Circle from Your iPhone or iPad


Have you ever noticed a mysterious grey circle on your iPhone or iPad screen and wondered how to get rid of it? Whether it popped up unexpectedly or you’re just looking to declutter your display, you’re in the right place. In this article I’ll show you how to remove that grey circle – a feature known as AssistiveTouch – from your iPhone or iPad.

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Steps to Remove a Grey Circle from Your iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap to open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad, and then tap “Accessibility” in this menu. The Accessibility screen is displayed.
Tap to open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, and then tap Accessibility in this menu.

  1. Scroll down to the Physical and Motor section, and then tap “Touch.” The Touch screen is shown.
Scroll down to the Physical and Motor section, and then tap Touch.

  1. Tap “Assistive Touch.” You’ll land on a screen where you’ll see options associated with Apple’s Assistive Touch feature.
Scroll down to the Physical and Motor section, and then tap Touch.

  1. Tap to toggle off “Assistive Touch.” The Assistive Touch feature will be disabled, and you’ll no longer see the grey circle on your iPhone or iPad screen.
Tap Assistive Touch.

Reasons to Remove a Grey Circle from Your iPhone or iPad

1. Aesthetic Preferences

Many users value a sleek and clean interface on their devices. The grey circle of AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad, while useful, can clash with this aesthetic ideal. It introduces an element that may seem out of place on the carefully designed home screen. For users who prize visual harmony and minimalism, removing this feature enhances the overall look. The presence of any additional icons or features can disrupt the visual flow. This is particularly true for users who have curated their screen layouts with precision.

2. Accidental Activation

The AssistiveTouch feature on iPhone and iPad can often be triggered unintentionally. This accidental activation can disrupt the user’s experience. It often leads to unwanted interruptions, especially during tasks that require a full-screen view. Users frequently report this as a nuisance, particularly during gaming or media consumption. The sensitivity of the feature can make it prone to unintended touches, leading to frustration.

3. Unnecessary Feature

For those who do not require the specialized functionalities of AssistiveTouch, it can be seen as superfluous. It occupies iPhone and iPad screen space without providing any personal benefit. Users without specific accessibility needs may view this feature as an unnecessary addition to their interface. It becomes merely an extra element on the screen that does not contribute to their daily usage. Many prefer a setup that includes only essential items.

4. Screen Real Estate

In the realm of mobile devices, screen space is a precious commodity. The AssistiveTouch button on iPhone and iPad can take up valuable space that could be better utilized for other content. Especially on smaller screens, every pixel counts. The removal of the AssistiveTouch feature can make a significant difference in the user’s ability to view and interact with content. It’s about maximizing the available space for a better user experience.

5. Interference with Apps

Sometimes the AssistiveTouch button overlaps with important app controls on iPhone and iPad. This overlap can lead to challenges in app navigation and functionality. Users often find it obstructs buttons or interactive elements within apps. This can be particularly problematic in apps that utilize the full screen for their interface. The interference can disrupt the flow of using the app, leading to a less efficient experience.

6. Battery Life Considerations

While the impact on battery life might be minimal, every little bit counts. Users looking to optimize their device’s performance often focus on minimizing unnecessary features. Even though AssistiveTouch uses minimal resources, its removal is sometimes seen as a step towards efficiency. It’s about achieving the longest possible battery life by reducing the number of active features.

7. Preference for Alternative Methods

Some users prefer other accessibility options or gestures over AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad. They find these alternatives more intuitive or convenient. This preference can stem from familiarity with different gestures or a desire for a different type of interaction with their device. As technology evolves, so do the ways users interact with their devices. Preferences often shift towards newer, more innovative methods of control.

8. After Repairs

Technicians often enable AssistiveTouch during repairs for diagnostic purposes. Once the device is returned, users might not need this feature anymore. They may not have been aware of its activation or simply do not require its functionality. In such cases, removing AssistiveTouch is a return to the user’s standard setup.

9. Change in User Needs

Over time, a user’s need for specific features like AssistiveTouch can change. What was once a necessity might become redundant. This evolution in requirements often leads to the removal of previously essential features. It’s a natural progression as users adapt their devices to their current needs and preferences.

10. Misconception About Device Performance

Some users erroneously believe that AssistiveTouch affects their device’s performance. This misconception leads them to remove the feature from their iPhone or iPad in hopes of enhancing speed or efficiency. While this belief is not typically based on technical fact, it influences user decisions. It reflects a broader concern for maintaining optimal device performance.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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