Answering calls with gloves on... how about the home button?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by terzinator, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. terzinator macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    Cold here in Minnesota, and my leather gloves don't want to make the slider slide.

    It appears that the home button has no function when a call is coming in. How about making it work to answer the phone? Is that anything?

    (I'm guessing it's possible with a jailbreak, but I don't know anything about that life. I also know there are special gloves you can wear that are touchscreen-friendly, but I don't know anything about that life, either.)
  2. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    I think in the accessibility menu, you can trigger the home button to answer calls. But I'm not sure
  3. dazedxar macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Bay Area, California
    Jailbreak is the only way, if you can't jailbreak you can use your nose to answer the phone.
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Or a stylus of some sort perhaps.
  5. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    There are gloves out there that work with smartphones.
  6. terzinator thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011

    Oh, wait, I acknowledged their existence in the original post.

    Yeah, I saw the jailbreak tweak or app or easter egg or whatever it's called.

    Not a fan of jailbreaking. Well, I shouldn't say I'm not a fan, but I've never done it and it's a month-old phone, and I'm nervous about bricking it or making Apple sad or whatever it would do.

    So, if Apple could enable that feature, that would be great.

    But the nose thing... hmm. That's a good idea. I'll see if I can get it to recognize my schnozprint.
  7. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    Answering calls with gloves on... how about the home button?

    I didn't know you had an emotional attachment to your leather gloves, but whatever.

    The point being, there is an alternative out there whether or not you want to explore it.
  8. mikeydeezy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    MN, USA
    Fellow Minnesotan here.

    The nose trick is it brother. Not for TouchID necessarily. But for the passcode.
  9. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    Saw the original post. But am throwing this out there anyway.

    Outdoor Research makes good gloves that work on touch screens. They are warm until you get into the 20's, then not so much. Don't remember what they cost but the price was worth it big time.
  10. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    The ones I've found are usually overpriced and of lower quality.
  11. SL4VE macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    you could cut the skin off someones finger and glue it to your leather gloves. sound cruel but skin grows back in a few days so not too bad
  12. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2012
    LMAO@ Bold.

    I use a cheap pen with a stylus end during the winter. its a touch inconvenient I guess, but it works. Sort of like driving to work. I don't want to do it, but I don't have any other options right now.
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Dont think Apple would want to enable it as it would go against the very point of why they have sliders to answer or unlock the phone--allowing a physical button to do it would make it that much easier when it comes to accidental unlocks, call answers, pocket dialing, etc.
  14. terzinator thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    I know, sorry. Was just being sarcastic because I chose to mention the gloves in the first post because I knew someone was gonna mention them otherwise.

    Not attached to the leather gloves, particularly. But in Minnesota, we have what seems to be many pairs of gloves. A pair in the car. A pair for skiing. A big, beefy pair for when the temp drops below instant-skin-freezing levels. So, it means I might not want to replace all my pairs with fancy ones that can register with the touchscreen. (The high-tech gloves I've seen are usually fairly thin and moderate-climate units.)

    Actually, come to think of it, I am attached to my leather driving gloves. I like this pair, specifically, and my father always wore driving gloves and he was a car guy, and I think of myself as a car guy, and we all have our foibles.


    Well, this is good info. I will check them out, specifically!


    Yah, I get that. Was thinking it could be enabled in preferences.

    Maybe they enable it dynamically, say, only if the current temp in your location falls below 40 degrees! Now that would be something!
  15. WiLLGT09 macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2007
    what about using the Apple Earbuds? Or other headphones that have the call button and mic. You can answer calls by clicking, and you don't need to worry about gloves and the touchscreen?
  16. AJAAY macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2012
    At this point if you don't want the smartphone gloves, then your only option is to just take off your glove and use the phone. Simple as that.
  17. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Like you know there are gloves designed to work however there are gloves that just do work.

    The gloves I wear for while shooting and other various things surprising work.


    Obviously those are going to be a bit too "tacticool" to where in a public setting but I'd suggest next time you are looking for gloves try them out on your phone. Might get lucky.

    Or carry a stylus in your pocket.
  18. terzinator thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    "Is that a stylus in your pocket...?"

    Stylus, gloves, earbuds, all acceptable solutions. But the nose thing. That really has some merit.

    I'm practicing now.

    I might need to regularly wipe down my phone with antibacterial kleenex, but so far so good.
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, seems like there are a few other possible options as well.
  20. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    My first thought when the iPhone came out, was that it had obviously been designed in mostly warm California :)

    For people in colder regions who have to wear gloves, the nose is quite popular.

    You might also remember a couple of years back when the big news was how many people in South Korea were using a sausage as a "meat stylus" during the winter.

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