The iPhone 6 comes with a nifty feature that allows users to easily reach the top row of apps on the home screen or anything else that’s placed toward the top of the display. It’s called Reachability, but not everyone is a huge fan of it. Here’s how to disable it.
Reachability can be accessed by simply double-tapping on the Home button. This is different than double-clicking. Tapping involves just resting your finger on top of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor without actually clicking down on the Home button.
By double-tapping on the Home button, the entire screen moves down about halfway, allowing you easier access to the top of the screen. This feature is great for users who are constantly using their iPhone 6 one-handed. However, many people also use their iPhone 6 with two hands, meaning that Reachability is merely useless in this case.
While Reachability can be a useful feature for those who need it, here’s how to disable it if you find that you never use the feature in the first place.
Turning Off Reachability
If you don’t use Reachability that often (or ever), it’s actually really easy to disable it. Just follow these simple steps:
- Open up the Settings app.
- Tap on Accessibility.
- Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you’ll see a settings for Reachability.
- Turn the toggle switch next to Reachability to Off.
Reachability is now turned off and double-tapping on the Home button will no longer activate the feature.
If after you disabled Reachability and it still activates with a double-tap, try re-enabling it and then disabling it again to see if that works. If that still doesn’t work, perform a hard reset by holding down the Home button and the Power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo. Let your iPhone 6 reboot and then the problem should be fixed.
Other New iPhone 6 Features
Reachability isn’t the only new feature on the iPhone 6 and in iOS 8. In fact, there are a lot of new features on the iPhone 6 that make it a worthy upgrade for older iPhone owners.
The most notable new feature is the obviously larger screen, with the iPhone 6 sporting a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus wears a larger 5.5-inch screen. The former has a higher resolution of 1334×750, while the iPhone 6 Plus has an even higher resolution at 1920×1080.
Another noticeable aspect about the iPhone 6 is its complete redesign, with a thinner body than the iPhone 5s and rounded edges instead of squared-off edges that have existed since the iPhone 4 was released in 2010.
The iPhone 6 also includes Apple Pay, which is the company’s new digital payment platform that lets you buy stuff at retail stores with a wave of the iPhone and a tap of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
While the user interface on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 remains largely the same of previous models, the iPhone 6 Plus practically has an all-new UI that’s reminiscent of the iPad, with two-paned windows in some apps and the ability to even use the home screen horizontally, which has never been done on an iPhone before. There’s even independent cut, copy and paste keys on the iPhone 6 Plus keyboard, which is something we could see in iOS 8 for the iPad in the future.
The iPhone 6 is also using Apple’s new A8 processor, and while Apple didn’t say what speed it’s clocked at, it’s safe to assume that it offers faster speeds than the iPhone 5s. Apple says that the A8 offers 20% faster performance with 50% faster graphics.
The M7 motion processor that was first introduced in the iPhone 5s is also getting an update, only this time Apple is naming it the M8 (not to be confused with the HTC One M8). The new chip can tell the difference between cycling and running, and it can also calculate distance and elevation. It does this with the help from a built-in barometer, which uses air pressure to measure relative elevation.