One hand holds the smartphone as the other taps, swipes, and presses buttons. Sometimes two hands aren’t enough. Disability, injury, or other conditions may prevent you from using a hand. You may wish to use your smartphone scrolling with one hand. There are methods to use your smartphone scrolling with one hand.
Android and iPhones provide distinct ways to access important functions, browse displays, and write text. Let’s see how both smartphone scrolling operate.
In Portrait mode, the Reachability function lowers the top half of the screen so you can reach it with your thumb. Enable Reachability in Settings > Accessibility > Touch.
Swipe down on the iPhone’s bottom edge to use Face ID. Lower the upper half. Double-tap the iPhone’s Home button to lower the top half. Tap the screen’s top half to return to full screen.
You may shrink and reposition your keyboard to make thumb typing simpler. This strategy is awkward over time, so you wouldn’t write the great American book this way. It’s perfect for a fast SMS or email.
Open Mail or Messages to test this. Below the keyboard, press the globe or emoji symbol. The menu has three keyboard layouts. Tap left picture to move keyboard left. Tap to move the right picture. Press the Globe symbol again and touch the centre picture, or use the arrow keys.
Using Back Touch, you may tap your iPhone’s back to perform instructions. Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Double-tap the setting to set the command action. Backtrack and choose Triple Tap. Triple tap. Double or triple touch your phone’s back to perform the corresponding instructions.
AssistiveTouch shows a button you touch to accomplish activities. Settings > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch. On AssistiveTouch. The button may be relocated for one-handed access.
You may modify the button to activate different actions when tapped once, twice, or long-pressed. Tap Single-Tap under Custom Actions. Next, pick the one-tap action. Open Menu presents a Top Level Menu you may modify with commands and features.
Double-tap the previous screen to execute an action. Return to the previous screen, pick Long-Press, then choose the action.
Tap Customize Top Level Menu if you choose it. Here, you may add extra command icons and replace existing ones.
Finally, Siri can help. By speaking to your phone’s voice assistant, you may initiate a number of instructions and capabilities, including dictating text and email messages. This Apple page lists Siri instructions.
Depending on the OS version and phone, Android phones can be used one-handed.
Android 12 or above has a one-handed mode that lowers the top half of the screen, like iPhone’s Reachability. Go to Settings > System > Gestures > One-handed Mode on most Android phones to activate it. If you can’t locate the option this way, search Settings.
Some phones let you activate the function by swiping the bottom screen or double-tapping the Home button. Samsung phones provide one-handed mode with previous Android versions. After activating the option, use it to lower the screen.
Some Android phones can show alerts and critical settings with one hand. Show notifications in One-handed mode under Settings. Swipe down from the bottom to see settings and notifications.
You may show an on-screen button to enter one-handed mode instead of swiping down. In Settings, enable One-handed mode shortcut. You may arrange a button on the left or right side of the screen. Tap the button to bring down the screen or see alerts.
Android phones may be adjusted to allow one-handed typing. Here are few techniques, which vary by phone and manufacturer.
Open an email or messaging app. Text box. Tap the ellipsis above the keyboard. Tap the One-handed symbol. The keyboard will then move. Tap the arrows to move it. Tap the four-arrow symbol for full screen.
Some phones, particularly Samsungs, have a separate one-handed keypad. Tap ellipsis and then Modes in a text-based interface. This screen includes standard, one-handed, and floating keyboard layouts. You may move the one-handed keyboard right or left. You may drag the floating keyboard using the horizontal line below the space bar.
You can initiate instructions and actions by touching the phone’s back, pressing the fingerprint sensor, and hitting the power button. What you can accomplish with Android depends on your phone type and OS version. At least consider your possibilities. Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures.
Google Pixel phones support Quick Tap, comparable to the iPhone’s Back Tap. On your phone, turn on this function. When you press the back of your phone, you may take a screenshot, play or pause media, see alerts, or access a particular app.
Most phones provide gestures beyond Quick Tap. Find and activate these phone options:
Double-tap power to open Google Assistant or the camera.
Double-tap to switch on/off the screen.
To display alerts or access applications, tap, swipe, or long-press the fingerprint sensor.
Pressing the power button displays a menu.
Press the camera’s power button twice.
Swipe from centre to bottom left or right to shrink the screen.