How to Use the iPhone 6 With One Hand

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both sport large screens which can make using them with one-hand a bit problematic. With that in mind, we want to show you how to easily use the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand.

Before the arrival of the iPhone 5 in 2012, the iPhone had always used a small 3.5-inch display. Even as Android manufacturers shifted to massive displays for their flagship smartphones, Apple held firm. Even last year’s iPhone 5s came with a small 4-inch Retina Display. This year though, Apple finally caved and delivered the large screens many consumers have been craving for years.


Last week, Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two new flagships that replace the iPhone 5s as the company’s flagship iPhone. Both are in possession of powerful features including massive Retina HD displays. The iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch display while the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a much larger 5.5-inch display. These new displays are fantastic for gaming, watching video, and using iOS 8 but they come with a cost.


That cost? Ease of use. Apple’s 3.5-inch and 4-inch iPhones are extremely easy to use with one hand, the larger iPhone 6 models will take some adjustment. Apple of course was, and is, aware that people want to use their phone with one hand. Even large screen smartphones like the iPhone 6 and the massive iPhone 6 Plus. So, it baked in a feature that’s going to help many of you use the iPhone 6 and even the iPhone 6 Plus with just one hand.


iOS 8, the iPhone 6’s operating system, comes with a feature called Reachability (We’ve also seen it referred to as One-Handed Mode). Reachability is a small iOS feature that’s tucked away inside iOS 8’s settings. The feature is turned on by default though many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are not aware of its presence. Here, we’re going to show you how to use Reachability for better one-handed use and we’re going to show you how to toggle it on or off in case you want to do that. Let’s start with how it works.


Reachability is extremely basic but it’s going to help many of you access what you need with just one hand. To use the feature, simply tap on the home button twice. Do not press it down, simply tap on it. Once you do that, you should get a screen that looks like the one below.

Whatever is on the screen will be pushed down so that you can easily access the upper right hand corner with your thumb. Applications like Google Chrome store vital functionality in the top right corner and Reachability will allow for easier access with one-hand. To get out of the iPhone 6’s one-handed mode, you can double tap again or simply tap on something on screen.



If you find yourself double tapping on accident, there is a way to quickly, and easily, turn the feature off. To turn off Reachability, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Toggle On/Off Reachability. You’ll need to scroll down a bit to find it but it’s there. Once it’s turned off, you will no longer have access to the one-handed mode.

This is a feature that is going to be extremely useful for those of you that are in possession of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and small hands. It’s not perfect by any means but it has the potential to be come a part of your daily routine. It has already become part of ours.