A week ago, the iPhone 5/5S/5C were the latest and greatest iPhones. Here is Apple’s commercial touting one of that model’s major benefits–that you can use it with one hand.
But that was before there was an iPhone model with the word “Plus” in it. That’s right, iPhone 6 Plus requires the use of two hands for most people most of the time, and many are having trouble reaching the top corner of their iPhone 6 and even their iPhone 5/5S/5C.
There are, of course, times when you only have one hand available. Thus, here are four workarounds for using the 6 Plus with one hand. Two are by Apple, two are by you.
Display Zoom workaround
When you first power up your new iPhone, you are prompted to select zoom or standard view, and you can always switch back and forth at any time. The zoom view “zooms” in a bit, making all the icons and text bigger. It’s the same kind of function that’s been on Mac laptops and desktops for years (decades?), except it actually zooms the exact layout to the size of the next-sized iPhone model. Here’s how you do it:
- Open Settings
- Select Display & Brightness
- Select Display Zoom
- Pick the one you want
This is a pretty simple, but very useful workaround. It essentially cuts your iPhone 6 Plus to half its height by sliding the top half of the screen down to the bottom half of the screen. This makes your 6 Plus effectively even less tall than the iPhone 5, in terms of the thumb reach required. Here’s how you do it:
- Double-touch the home/circle button on the bottom face of your iPhone
- NOTE: Don’t double-press the circle button–that takes you to the app navigator
- Then just tap whatever you were reaching for on the screen
- The screen will automatically return back to full screen position
The 6 Plus ‘Shimmy’ workaround
This seems silly when you read it, but it’s realistically how many people are using their 6 Plus. Without realizing it, many people have been doing it with the 5 and 5S for the past two years, because the iPhone 5 is .33 inches longer than the 4 and 4S. It’s a little more precarious move with the 6 Plus, so don’t be too cavalier about it unless you have a heavy-duty protection case and/or spidey-senses.
The Flat Surface workaround
This obviously won’t work if you’re on the go, but if you are sitting at a coffee shop or conference table or desk, you can set the 6 Plus down and tap and swipe away with one hand while keeping the other hand free to drink your coffee, raise your hand to ask a question or swat a fly. But, don’t use it to steer a car. This workaround uses your iPhone 6 like a mini iPad mini.
These workarounds should help you wrestle that new bigger iPhone into submission so you can get back to the efficiency you had with your earlier iPhone. What other workarounds have you discovered for iPhone?
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