How do I use my iPhone one-handed?

The 4.7 and 5.5 model iPhones have larger screens and sometimes two-handed use is a necessity. So, Apple added Reachability to the iPhone's Accessibility features so that larger iPhones can be used with one hand — ideal for folks with mobility issues, but also handy if you're standing on the bus or carrying shopping bags.

What is Reachability?

Reachability is available to you no matter what app you're in or what you're doing on the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone. It is meant to help you reach buttons and objects on the screen that may be too far for your thumb to reach otherwise. For many folks, this will be top navigation buttons while using their phone one-handed.

How to enable Reachability

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap the Reachability switch under the Interaction section.

    Tap General, tap Accessibility, tap the switch next to Reachability

How to use Reachability

  1. Double tap (don't press) the Home button when you're on a screen you'd like to use Reachability with.
  2. Double tap the Home button again to go back to normal. Reachability will reset itself after a few seconds if you don't touch anything.

    Double-tap the home button

Allyson Kazmucha contributed to an earlier version of this article.


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