With the advent of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has followed the trend of smartphones with huge screens (see Android devices), to the woes of people with stubby thumbs and smaller hands. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have 4.7- and 5.5-inches screen sizes respectively which may prove to be difficult to comfortably reach for some users, especially when using these devices one-handed. Fortunately, Apple is already on top of things and has anticipated such problems that could arise with larger-screen phones. Aside from adding hardware modifications, Apple has added a new software feature called “Reachability.”
What is Reachability in iOS 8?
Reachability is a new software feature introduced in iOS 8 which can be found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Basically what it does is that it temporarily moves the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus user interface downwards at the bottom of the screen. So users with smaller hands and those who are using their iPhone one-handed can reach the top-most UI elements without needing to use another hand or awkwardly reach for a button or icon and risk dropping the phone. Android users are already quite familiar with this feature. Here’s a GIF of the Reachability feature in action:
How to Enable / Disable Reachability on iPhone 6 / 6 Plus:
Reachability is enabled by default but if for some reason you want to disable or re-enable it, just follow the quick steps below:
- Open Settings.app
- Tap General
- Tap Accessibility
- Scroll down to the Interaction label and look for the Reachability option.
- From here you can enable / disable Reachability by flipping the toggle switch.
Once you have enabled Reachability, you can access the function by double-tapping the Home button. Again, you need to double-tap the button as opposed to a double-click / press as this will bring up the App Switcher instead. Users of TouchID should be familiar with this concept since a light tap is required to use TouchID. To return the screen to normal after activating Reachability, just tap the black top portion or the Home button again. The screen will also snap back to normal after 10 seconds, so be sure that you are quick with your choice.