How To Control Your IPhone By Tilting Your Head

If there’s one thing that Android users have held over iPhone-toting longer than anything else it’s the lack of customisation options built into iOS.

Thankfully, Apple is starting to move in that direction for those inclined to tuning their computing environment.

In the latest version of iOS, you can change quite a bit about your phone: the size of fonts, the look of buttons, and even the extent to which iOS uses fancy motion blur effects.

But the coolest features in iOS are hidden in the same location used for “accessibility” settings — making it easier for those without the best sight, hearing, or motor functions to still use iOS to its fullest capabilities.

One of the awesome buried gems in iOS is known as “Switch Control.” It lets you create custom switches to perform functions on the phone that would normally be done with your hands using the iPhone’s camera, like multitasking by tilting your head instead of double-tapping the home button. We’ve put together the following guide so that you can create your own custom switches on your iPhone in seconds.

First, open the Settings app. Scroll down and click on the General menu.

Next, tap on Accessibility.

Next, scroll down and tap on Switch Control.

Switch Control will be off and Auto Scanning will be on. Tap both switches to reverse this.

Now, tap on Switches.

There's only one option available at this point, so we might as well go with that.

Since we want to try out controlling the iPhone with head movements, tap Camera.

I chose to control my phone by tilting my head to the right.

There are a number of actions you can assign to this simple gesture. For this walkthrough, I decided to assign tilting my head to opening the App Switcher in iOS.

Now it's all set up. You'll notice two blue bars on either side of the screen. These will indicate what iOS thinks you're doing with your head.

I tilt my head to the right... and App Switcher opens! This'll make multitasking on my iPhone even easier.

Here's what the screen will look like when the iPhone can't see your face.

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