Chris Ashton

dai11y 01/03/2023

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You Can Make Your Giant iPhone Easier to Use With One Hand

A lifehacker article listing several things to try if you’re finding it uncomfortable trying to use a large iPhone display. I like these articles for discovering accessibility features I didn’t know existed.

There’s nothing particularly new to me on this list (except the AssistiveTouch feature, explained below), but it’s a useful roundup nonetheless:

  • Use Siri to action things like setting reminders and playing music
  • Use Dictation instead of typing messages
  • Rearrange the apps on your home screen, so that your commonly used apps are towards the bottom of the screen
  • Apple has a “Reachability” feature: “you can lower the top half of the screen with a swipe, giving you quick access to Control Center, Notification Center, and the apps and elements at the top of the screen”. You can enable it by going to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, and toggling on Reachability
  • Set up shortcuts to replace certain actions that would otherwise be difficult to do with the hardware buttons (such as taking a screenshot):
    • “AssistiveTouch [is] a virtual Home button that lives on your screen, giving you access to a multitude of different actions like opening Control Center, activating Siri, taking a screenshot, among many others. You can enable AssistiveTouch by going to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch. On the same settings page, you can select Customize Top-Level Menu and tap the various icons to change the shortcuts accessible via the virtual Home button.”
    • “Alternatively, you can use the iPhone’s Back Tap feature to set up similar shortcuts. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap and set up actions for both double and triple-taps. Now, you can tap the back of the iPhone twice or three times to execute the actions you’ve set up.”
  • Finally, consider using Display Zoom to make the icons larger and easier to reach.

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