How to Lower Your iPhone Screen Using Reachability


One side effect of iPhone models getting bigger and bigger is that they are getting harder and harder to use with one hand. Fortunately, if reaching the top part of your iPhone screen is a pain, Apple does make it possible to enable a Reachability feature that lets you use a simple gesture to pull down the apps on the top half of your screen to the lower half of your screen. As a side note, the Reachability feature is only available on the iPhone and isn’t available on the iPad. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.

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Steps to Lower Your iPhone Screen Using Reachability

  1. Tap the “Settings” app on your iPhone. You’ll land on the Settings screen.
  2. Scroll down this menu until you see Accessibility, and then tap “Accessibility.” The Accessibility screen is displayed.
  3. Navigate to the Physical and Motor section, and then tap “Touch” in that section. The Touch screen is shown.
  4. Tap to toggle on “Reachability.” Going forward, when you swipe down on the bottom edge of your iPhone screen the top part of the screen will move down, making it easier for you to operate your iPhone with one hand.

Reasons to Consider Lowering Your iPhone Screen

1. One-Handed Use

Using your iPhone with one hand just got easier. Reachability lets you lower your screen to access the top icons and controls with one hand. No more awkward thumb stretches. With Reachability, you can hold your phone and use it comfortably with just one hand. It’s perfect for those with smaller hands or when you’re holding something in your other hand.

2. Increased Accessibility

Reachability improves accessibility for people with physical disabilities. No longer struggle to reach the top of your screen. With just a tap, you can lower the screen to a comfortable level. Access your favorite apps and controls with ease. Reachability makes iPhone usage more accessible for everyone.

3. Convenience

Say goodbye to awkward screen stretches. Reachability offers convenience by allowing you to quickly access the top icons and controls with just a tap. Whether you’re in a rush or simply want to save time, Reachability makes navigation a breeze.

4. Improved Navigation

Navigate your iPhone with ease. Reachability is especially useful for apps that have navigation controls at the top of the screen. Quickly access these controls by lowering your screen with Reachability. Improved navigation makes using your iPhone more efficient.

5. Reduced Risk of Dropping

Reachability reduces the risk of dropping your iPhone. No more awkward stretches to reach the top of the screen. Lowering the screen with Reachability reduces the risk of dropping your phone, especially in hazardous environments or during physically demanding tasks. Keep your phone safe and accessible with Reachability.

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