Is it possible to use an iPhone with a mouse? We solve your doubts — 2022
Surely many times you have asked yourself the question Can the iPhone be used with a mouse? In the end, the world of smartphones has made it possible for you to carry a computer in your pocket every day, a laptop, with an almost professional camera, with the possibility of making calls and on top of that, a touch screen. So why couldn't we use this laptop with a mouse?
Is it possible to use the iPhone with a mouse?
If you have entered this post looking for the answer to the question of being able to use the iPhone, whatever it is, with a mouse the answer is no. Apple, at least for now, has not given the possibility of using its flagship product with this accessory focused, first on Macs, and now also on iPads. Possibly the latter are to blame for the fact that the iPhone does not have this functionality within its operating system, and surely the fact that now we can use a keyboard to interact with our iPad, is the reason why Apple has been forced to separate the operating system of the iPhone and iPad, dedicating iOS to the former and iPadOS to the latter.
However, just because you can't use a mouse to use your iPhone doesn't mean that there isn't the possibility of handling your device in a different way, which, we could say, mimics the use of a mouse. We are talking about AssistiveTouch and VoiceOver.
AssistiveTouch can be an alternative
Relatively recently, it was very common to see a white dot on a number of iPhone screens, well, this white dot is AssistiveTouch, which, after all, is nothing more than a different way of using our device in a way that it offers us to do certain actions more quickly. We say that it was common because iPhones that have a home button could suffer the misfortune of this button being damaged and, therefore, there would be almost no way to be able to use certain actions that depended on this button, however, having active AssistiveTouch did not depend on the physical button since this functionality allows you to replace that button in a certain way.
To activate AssistiveTouch you can do it in three different ways:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then turn on AssistiveTouch.
- Say Hey Siri activates AssistiveTouch
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Shortcut and turn on AssistiveTouch
When activated, a virtual button will appear on your screen that you can drag to any edge of the screen, we recommend that it be a place that you have access to when you use your iPhone with one hand. The moment you press this button, the AssistiveTouch menu will open, allowing you to access menus and controls that require screen gestures such as Control Center, Notification Center, Spotlight, Home, application switcher or even read on screen , in addition, it also gives you access to certain functions such as activating the accessibility quick function, locking the screen, regulating the volume, speaking with Siri, restarting the device, taking screenshots or simulating that you shake your iPhone. Of course, the AssistiveTouch menu is fully customizable, to do this, perform the following steps:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch and turn on AssistiveTouch
- Select Customize Floating Menu, then tap an icon to reassign a different function to its position.
- Use the + and – buttons to change the number of buttons that appear in the menu.
Use VoiceOver to manage your iPhone
VoiceOver is a screen reader based on gestures, that is, you will be able to use your iPhone even if you cannot see the screen, since this functionality describes aloud what is on the screen of your iPhone at that moment, being able to adjust the speech rate and pitch.
As soon as you touch or drag your finger across the screen, VoiceOver speaks out the name of the item your finger is on, including text and icons. To be able to interact with the screen you will have to use the VoiceOver gestures, you can find them described here .
To activate, or deactivate, VoiceOver you have to follow the following steps:
- In Oye Siri, turn on VoiceOver and turn on Oye Siri, turn off VoiceOver.
- Triple-click the side button if you have an iPhone with FaceID.
- Triple-press the home button if you have an iPhone with a home button.
- Use the control center.
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver and turn the setting on or off.