It happens to the best of us, but what should you do when your Home button stops working and you can’t get an appointment at an Apple store for a week? Or perhaps you’re weeks away from the end of your phone contract and don’t want to have to spend a chunk of money on a costly hardware repair? Well there is something built into iOS that allows you to use your device (almost) normally without a functioning Home button.

If you go into Settings/General/Accessibility you’ll find a section named Physical & Motor. If you turn on AssistiveTouch, you’ll get a little dot on your screen.This can be dragged to a position on the screen that is most convenient for you.

When you click the dot you’ll be presented with a little menu that offers you a way of clicking the Home button (without actually clicking the Home button). There’s also quick way of doing screenshots and multitasking if you go in the Device section of the menu (which of course also require you to have a working Home button).

iphone 5 with assistivetouch turned on

AssistiveTouch turned on

iPhone 5 showing AssistiveTouch menu

AssistiveTouch menu on screen