With iPhones getting larger and taller, it’s not always easy to reach a menu items at the top of the display with only one hand

Fortunately, Apple has thought about it (thank you guys, you rock!) and they’ve designed the “reachability”.

What is it, you ask?

I’m glad your curiosity has been piqued…

Let’s take an example.

You’re reading emails on an iPhone 7 (because you had to have it obviously) and you’d like to go back to “Mailboxes” on the top left corner. Depending on which hand your iPhone is, you may not be able to comfortably reach the top left corner with your thumb or any other finger.

Another example would be to reach apps on the top row of your iPhone or maybe tapping on a marker on Google/Apple Maps.

On top of that, although you may be able to somehow reach the top of your iPhone’s display, it might not be recommended as it would mean your iPhone is in an awkward position in your hand and could be prone to falling and shattering the screen upon landing on the ground (or even worse, dropping at the bottom of the ocean if you’re on a boat).

How to use it

First, check if the feature has been activated in Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn reachability “on” (you need a minimum of iPhone 6 and up to use it).

Then once active, simply double-tap your home button to bring the whole screen down, whatever app you’re using so you can reach the top easily.

Thats’ it!

So what are you waiting for? Give it a try! You’ll be glad you’ve learned that trick as it will surely make your life easier and make you an expert among your friends (as they probably didn’t know that).

You’re welcome.

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