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Your iPhone has a handy feature that lets you access anything with one hand

And it’s easy to forget about.

WHEN APPLE RELEASED the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014, both of them came with larger than usual screens, especially the Plus with a 5.5-inch screen.

Since not everyone is enamored with the idea of using a phone two-handed, it included an accessibility feature which lets you reach the top of the screen using only one hand.

Called reachability, it’s easy to access if you have an iPhone 6 or 6s, both the normal and Plus range. While it’s easy to forget about, it’s handy if you don’t want to adjust how you’re holding your phone or use two hands.

To activate, double-tap the home button and the top half of your screen will move down to the bottom.

It’s important you tap and not press otherwise you’ll end up activating Siri instead (which is another way to use your phone with one hand but that’s only if you’re comfortable talking to your phone).


This is arguably more useful for the larger iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, but if you want to turn it off, you can go into Settings > Accessibility and scroll down until you see Reachability. Ultimately, there’s no real reason why you would need to though as you never know when it might come in useful.

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