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4 Ways To Use iPhone 6 Plus with 1 Hand

iphone 6 with 1 handDid you buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Thinking about it?

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

Reachability workaround

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?

FYI, I’ll post my full iOS 8 review later this week, so please follow my blog if you’d like to see it.

Here’s the popular “iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?” decision tree to make your pick easier 


4 Key Changes in the New iOS Twitter App

IMG_1571.PNGIf you use the official Twitter app, you may be confused or frustrated as Twitter rolls out their new design.

Here are 4 key changes you should know about:

  1. Lists are now under the gear icon rather than the lower middle portion of your homepage.
  2. Drafts are now accessed by clicking the quill (the same button you hit to start a new post).*
  3. Interactive notifications let you reply, retweet, favorite and follow from the lock screen, notification alerts and within the notification center.
  4. Header Image–You may want to change your header image if you designed it to fit around the profile pic, because the profile pic has moved from the middle of the header to the lower left corner.


  • Want a desktop twitter experience on your iPhone? Click here.
  • You might also see a buy button as Twitter tests that functionality on select user accounts.
  • The new app works in iOS 7 & 8, although the interactive notifications only work in iOS 8.

I kept this short and sweet with the goal for you to be able to read it quicker than the time it would take you to figure it out on your own.

Any critical tips I missed?

*Note that drafts are only stored on your local device, not in the cloud with your Twitter account, so you may want to use a cloud-based service to store drafts if you tend to write many posts in advance.

iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? This Makes the Decision Easy

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 12.58.07 AMYou can read multiple wandering reviews about these cool new products, written in prose, or you can use this one-pager to quickly access whether you should upgrade to iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or neither. The goal here is fun, efficient empowerment, helping you choose and have confidence which model is right for you.

iphone 6 decision tree


Here are 4 Ways To Use iPhone 6 Plus with One Hand

Follow my blog to be notified when I publish my iOS8 review, Apple Watch review, etc.

Please let me know if this is helpful, or how it could be improved. Thanks.

How to Use Desktop Twitter on iPhone & iPad

IMG_1572-2.PNGThe Twitter app is great but if you’re on iPhone Safari looking at Twitter, it’s probably because you want the full desktop experience, rather than a facsimile of what the app already gives you.

Access the desktop version of Twitter by clicking here.

Know any other good Twitter tricks?

Business (and Life) Lessons from the World Cup (and my Dad & Son)

Art Brown, captain and goalie of the West Point soccer team, in 1961.

Art Brown, my father, and captain and goalie of the West Point soccer team, in 1961.

In watching the World Cup and my son’s traveling soccer games, I’ve come to realize that a look at the basic differences between offense and defense gives insight on human behavior and personalities that we can all use in business, as well as life in general. In this exercise, players on offense might be executives, marketers, salespeople, creatives or anyone with a higher profile role and/or more extroverted personality. Players on defense might be accountants, HR staff, production, engineers, or anyone with a more back office role or more introverted personality.

As you read these simple observations, be thinking of your own behavior and how you interact with your colleagues, clients, vendors, family and friends:

  • Offense requires inventiveness whereas defense is preventive — Those traits are typically not equally strong in the same personality
  • Inventiveness in its nature is improvisational, and yet defense requires impromptu responses
  • Offense is creative and opportunistic–you only have to be “on” when you have the ball
  • Defense is high-stress and requires keen alertness at all times*
  • Offense is easily measured and recognized by what happens (goooooaaaaalllls!), so those on offense get a lot of credit and recognition
  • Defense is measured by stats such as saves, but the vast majority of people don’t look for that data
  • Offense is high-profile and every time someone scores, there is massive celebration
  • Defense is, for the most part, only noticed when they make a mistake
  • The camera always follows the ball which is 100% of the time with the offense

Offense requires inventiveness whereas defense is preventive
Those traits are typically not equally strong in the same personality

For what it’s worth, here’s some personal context. I played soccer growing up and was half-back. Kind of half offense and half defense, but colleagues of mine would probably tell you I mostly play offense. That said, I do come from a good “defense” bloodline. My dad was an all American goalkeeper and captain of the West Point team during college, and he later became a coach and the officer in charge of the West Point soccer team. So, he must have been very trained and groomed for this, right? Not. On his first day of soccer ever, when he tried out for his high school soccer team, the coach asked, “Who here plays basketball?” My dad raised his hand. Without yet seeing any athletic endeavor from my father, the coach said, “You’re goal keeper.”

So, here are some takeaways from my perspective:

  • Neither offense or defense is better than the other
  • It takes both good offense and good defense to win
  • The goalkeeper is the ultimate defender–and during the game is more important than the coach–seeing the whole game and interconnecting the team’s individual players via strategy, coordination and communication
  • Maybe we could all stand to look for and celebrate the metrics of our colleagues on defense (If a defender’s goal is to stop goals, then they “score” goals when they stop them)
  • Everybody on the team is on both offense and defense, they are just on different places of the field
  • Offense and defense are on the same team (Don’t fall into the trap of seeing someone with a different personality or role than you as your opponent)

Everybody on the team is on both offense and defense,
they are just on different places of the field

Did this help you? What insights do you have from this, or from any sport?

*Since Germany whipped Brazil 7-1, I’m mindful how german shepherds trained for protection sometimes get severe anxiety due to their feeling of responsibility to allow nothing to happen. The anxiety comes from having to be always ready, always on.

Super Bowl Synergy: Free Music From U2


Here’s a quick, practical example of Super Bowl-sized synergy. Synergy is the collaboration of two or more organizations to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Synergy works best when it’s just a natural alignment of organizations’ regular activity. When you align what companies are going to do anyway, nobody has to spend additional money and the impact is far greater–exponential even.

Here are seven organizations and their individual goals. Let’s see if they align and synergize:

U2 wants to sell music. They need a big debut for their next album

iTunes wants brand exposure and market share

Red (the not-for-profit) wants to raise money and awareness to get medicine to the poor

Bank of America wants to be the top of mind brand bank to this generation

This generation wants global impact, and, like every generation, they want to feel cool

The NFL wants big, cool commercials during the Super Bowl broadcast

The poorest of the poor need medicine to stay alive

Here’s what these seven separate groups are doing together this Superbowl Sunday:

Bank of America will run a TV commercial during the Super Bowl that will feature U2 and debut their new single “Invisible.” The spot will tell consumers they can download the single for free on iTunes, and that BofA will donate $1 to Red for every download (up to $2 million). Consumers will also become aware of this need and can donate additional funds to Red with the click of a button. Those donations will be matched dollar for dollar by other Red donor organizations such as the Gates Foundation.

It’s good business and contributes to the common good.

The campaign is expected to raise more than $10 million in total to fight AIDS tuberculosis and malaria. Everybody wins (except for the losing team of the Superbowl). It’s good business and contributes to the common good.

My guess is that Monday after the Super Bowl, U2 will easily hit that two million download goal. And, iTunes will gain market share. And, consumers will get free music. And the Super Bowl will get buzz. And, Red will have raised $10 million. And, the poorest of the poor around the globe will get medicine so they can stay alive.

Below is a pitch from Bono on how you can help eradicate this disease. And, remember, you’re helping do just that simply by downloading U2’s new single “Invisible” from iTunes on Super Bowl Sunday.

20140125-072707.jpgHere’s another example of synergy and alignment: You can listen to my friend Mark Hall’s new Casting Crowns album, Thrive, for free on iTunes Radio. You can buy it, too, and also read his new book, also called Thrive (published by my company).

iPhone & iPad Tricks: Press & Hold for Keyboard Shortcuts


While we wait for two new iPhone models to be announced in 10 days (and iOS 7 to come), I thought I would do a series of short posts sharing the little iPhone shortcuts I’ve picked up over the years. Here’s one…

When you need to type in “.com” “.net” or “.org” simply press and hold the “.” (period key) until this little pop-up menu appears then select the domain suffix of your choice.

You can also press & hold a number of other keys for shortcuts, such as:



Hope those little time savers are helpful. Stay tuned for more quick lessons in the coming days…

Do you know any iPhone shortcuts you wish to share?