While holding one of the larger iPhone models, it can be difficult to reach the upper portion of the screen with one hand. Luckily, Apple created a feature called â€œReachabilityâ€� that virtually lowers the upper portion of the screen so you can reach it. It works on iPhone 6 and up. Hereâ€™s how to use it.
What Is Reachability Mode?
Beginning with the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, Apple began releasing iPhone models that were significantly larger than ever before. Some journalists called phones of this size â€œphabletsâ€� (a combination of â€œphoneâ€� and â€œtabletâ€�), because they seemed unusually large at the time.
Due to the size of the iPhone 6 Plus, it was no longer easy for most people to reach every portion of the screen with your thumb while holding the iPhone with one hand. So, Apple created a new feature in iOS called â€œReachabilityâ€� that lowers the top portion of the screen using a software trick to make it reachable. Hereâ€™s how to turn it on and use it.
How to Enable Reachability on iPhone
To use â€œReachability,â€� youâ€™ll need an iPhone 6 or laterâ€”in other words, any iPhone released in 2014Â or later. Youâ€™ll also need to have the feature enabled. To do so, open the â€œSettingsâ€� app (which looks like a grey gear icon) and navigate to â€œAccessibility.â€�
In Accessibility, select â€œTouch.â€�
In â€œTouchâ€� settings, tap the switch beside â€œReachabilityâ€� until it is turned on. When enabled, the switch will be green with the toggle in the right half of the switch. (If Reachability is already on and you donâ€™t want to use it, you can disable it using this switch as well.)
After that, exit â€œSettings.â€�
How to Use Reachability on iPhone
Now that â€œReachabilityâ€� is enabled, youâ€™ll need to learn how to trigger it.
On an iPhone without a Home button, swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen. In other words, touch the bar on the horizontal bottom of your screen (or the area just above the bar) and swipe down on it.
On an iPhone with a Home button, gently tap your finger on the Home button twice without pushing it inâ€”in other words, tap the Home button, but donâ€™t â€œclickâ€� it.
When triggered, the entire display on the screen will shift downward by about a third of the screenâ€™s height.
From there you can use your thumb (or whatever other finger you prefer) to reach interface elements near the top of the screen.
If you want the screen to return to normal, perform the â€œReachabilityâ€� shortcut againâ€”swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen on an iPhone without a Home button or double-tap the Home button on an iPhone with a Home button.
You can also tap the upward-pointing arrow located at the top of the screen display area. Nice and easy!
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