The touch screen on iPhone 13 lets you navigate, access apps, and interact with your phone, making it an essential feature. However, there are times when you may want to disable it, such as when giving your phone to someone who cannot handle a touch screen or when the screen is too sensitive and makes accidental touches. In this blog, we will explore the challenge of disabling touch screen on iPhone 13, things you should prepare, and give you 4 different methods to accomplish this. We will also provide additional tips and FAQs to help you through any issues that may arise.
The Challenge of Disabling Touch Screen on iPhone 13
While there are many reasons to disable the touch screen on your iPhone 13, Apple does not include a built-in feature to disable it. Hence, we have to look at other methods to disable it temporarily. Additionally, disabling the touch screen may include disabling the display altogether, which can cause inconvenience when trying to navigate and troubleshoot your phone. Therefore, it is crucial to find a method that works for you and does not cause additional issues.
Things You Should Prepare for
Before we begin, there are several things that you should prepare to make the process of disabling your iPhone 13 touch screen seamless.
- Your iPhone 13
- iTunes installed on your computer
- A cable for connecting your iPhone to the computer
- A reliable and stable internet connection
Method 1: Using External Devices
Method 1 requires using an external device such as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.
1. Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone 13 by going to Settings > Bluetooth
2. Connect the external Bluetooth keyboard or mouse to your iPhone 13
3. Once connected, use the keyboard or mouse to navigate to settings
4. Tap on General > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch
5. Toggle off the "AssistiveTouch" feature
Pros: This method is easy to follow, and you can easily undo it by turning "AssistiveTouch" back on.
Cons: You have to purchase an external device to use the method.
Method 2: Using Guided Access
Method 2 uses Guided access, a feature that locks your iPhone 13 into one app and disables touch features.
1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access
2. Toggle on Guided Access
3. Launch the app you want to use
4. Triple-click the side button to start Guided Access
5. Select the areas of the screen that you want to disable
6. Tap on "Start" to enable Guided Access
Pros: This method is built-in to your phone, and you don’t have to purchase any external devices.
Cons: You have to turn off Guided Access to disable touch screen, which can be time-consuming, depending on how many apps you need to disable.
Method 3: Using iOS Restrictions
Method 3 uses iOS Restrictions, a feature that lets you disable specific features on your iPhone.
1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
2. Toggle on Restrictions and create a passcode
3. Scroll down to "Allow Changes"
4. Disable any settings that enable touch access
5. Disable Siri to prevent voice control access
6. Toggle off "Enable Restrictions" to turn off restrictions when you no longer need the touch screen disabled.
Pros: This method allows you to customize the settings you want to disable and cover different types of touch access.
Cons: You have to create a passcode and disable several settings, which can be time-consuming.
Method 4: Using iTunes and Recovery Mode
Method 4 requires using iTunes and recovery mode to put your iPhone in a disabled state.
1. Connect your iPhone 13 to your computer with a cable.
2. Open iTunes on your computer and select your iPhone.
3. Press and hold both the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wake button until the screen goes black.
4. Continue holding both buttons until the Apple logo appears.
5. Release the Sleep/Wake button, but keep holding down the Volume Down button until you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen.
6. Open iTunes on your computer, and you’ll see a message saying that the iPhone is in recovery mode.
7. Click on the "OK" button, then click on the "Restore iPhone" button.
Pros: This method is effective and will entirely disable your iPhone touch screen.
Cons: This method is radical and will result in loss of data and settings on your iPhone.
Why Can’t I Disable Touch Screen on iPhone 13?
There are several reasons why you may be unable to disable touch screen on iPhone 13, such as:
Q1: Why can’t I disable touch screen on my iPhone 13 using Assistive Touch?
A: You may not have an external device that can connect to your iPhone 13, or you may have some settings that conflict with Assistive Touch.
Q2: Why can’t I disable touch screen on my iPhone 13 using Guided Access?
A: You may not have enabled Guided Access on your iPhone 13, or you may not have the app open that you want to use in Guided Access.
Q3: Why can’t I disable touch screen on my iPhone 13 using iOS Restrictions?
A: You may not have set up iOS Restrictions on your iPhone 13, or you may not have disabled the correct settings.
Q4: Why can’t I disable touch screen on my iPhone 13 using iTunes and Recovery Mode?
A: You may not have connected your iPhone 13 to iTunes correctly, or your iPhone may have a hardware issue that prevents recovery mode from working.
1. Always backup your iPhone 13 to iTunes or iCloud before attempting any of the methods above.
2. Consider using a password manager to avoid losing your passwords and sensitive information when disabling your iPhone 13 touch screen.
3. Always keep your external Bluetooth devices secure and within reach when using them as part of the methods above.
5 FAQs about Disabling Touch Screen on iPhone 13
Q1: Can I undo any of the methods to disable the touch screen if I change my mind?
A: Yes, Method 1 and Method 2 can be turned on and off easily, while Method 3 requires you to enable Restrictions.
Q2: Will disabling touch screen also disable other features on my iPhone 13?
A: Yes, disabling touch screen in some methods will disable some features that require touch access, such as Siri or voice control.
Q3: Can I use any Bluetooth keyboard or mouse to disable touch screen on my iPhone 13?
A: No, you have to ensure that the external Bluetooth device is compatible with your iPhone 13 and supports the required features.
Q4: Will using recovery mode to disable touch screen affect my iPhone 13 warranty?
A: Yes, using recovery mode may result in loss of data and settings and may result in Apple voiding your warranty.
Q5: Can I partially disable touch screen on my iPhone 13?
A: Yes, you can use Guided Access or iOS Restrictions to disable touch screen selectively.
Disabling touch screen on iPhone 13 may seem challenging, but with the methods we have listed above and with the proper preparation, you can comfortably disable your touch screen. Remember to consider your needs when selecting the right method for you, and always backup your data before attempting any changes. Additionally, the tips and FAQs we have provided will guide you through the process and help you avoid any issues that may arise.