The grey circular pointer hiding deep under iOS’ Accessibility settings can double down as an iPad or iPhone cursor that you can use to click icons you might otherwise use to tap on the screen. Also, it can be helpful with AssistiveTouch menu navigation.
How to enable the iPhone cursor to use as a pointer
Apple surprisingly includes mouse support for its devices like the iPad and iPhone. The feature, however, is not enabled by default. You must first access it under Accessibility options and then, change its default settings. Here’s a tutorial explaining to you how to use the iPhone cursor.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings.
- Scroll down to Accessibility.
- Navigate to the Physical and Motor section.
- Select Touch option
- Check if AssistiveTouch is set to On.
- Go to Pointer Devices section
- Access Bluetooth devices option
- Pair your Bluetooth Mouse.
To use an iPhone cursor, you must first connect or link your smartphone to a Bluetooth-enabled wireless mouse. This can be done through the phone’s Settings. Here’s how!
How do I get the cursor on my iPhone?
To enable and use the cursor on iPhone, go to your Smartphone’s Settings.
Choose Accessibility and then select Touch under the Physical and Motor section.
Here, check if ‘AssistiveTouch’ is set to ‘On’.
Next, go to the ‘Pointer Devices’ section, and press the side-arrow key adjacent to the Devices entry to make ‘Bluetooth devices’ available (You can connect Bluetooth and USB assistive pointer devices, such as joysticks and mice).
Pair your Bluetooth mouse when prompted.
An iPhone pointer icon should become visible on your phone’s screen. You are now all set to control your phone’s screen and its options via your Bluetooth mouse.
What is pointer style on iPhone?
It refers to making changes in the appearance of the mouse pointer you would like to use to click icons on your screen that you might otherwise tap. For instance, you can adjust or change the pointer’s color, shape, size, scrolling speed, and more.
Please note that the experience of using a mouse with your Apple device takes some time for getting used to as it isn’t a typical mouse pointer. It’s just a cursor that more or less mimics your finger.
Having said that, every Apple product is designed keeping accessibility options in mind. So, even a visually impaired person can take group selfies and do things like a normal person.
Hope it makes sense!