7 Tips to use your iPhone 6 Plus one-handed

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 20 Mar 2015

The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display that is flanked by decent bezels at the top and bottom, making it significantly bigger than the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/iPhone 4s or even the 4-inch iPhone 5s/iPhone 5.

It’s a great device if you prefer using your iPhone with two-hands, but it can be a bit inconvenient if you prefer to use it with one-hand.

Here are some tips to make it easier to use your iPhone 6 Plus with one hand. Some of these tips should also come handy with the iPhone 6 Plus. Most of these tips should be useful for iPhone 6 users as well.

#1 Reachability

The most obvious tip is to use Reachability. Apple introduced Reachability to make one-handed use easier. When you double tap on the Home button, the screen slides down so that you can reach buttons and objects on top of the screen, which may be too far to reach with your thumb otherwise.

iPhone 6 Reachability

#2 Optimize Home screen

You should also optimize the position of the apps on your Home screen such that the most frequently used ones are on the lower half of the screen, and closer to left or right edge of the screen depending on whether you prefer to use it with your right-hand or left-hand.

iPhone 6 Plus - Home screen optimized

Place the most frequently used apps in the red boxes (left for left-handed use, and right for right-handed use)

#3 Folders

In addition to optimizing the Home screen, you should also use folders. Folders not only allows you to organize apps on your Home screen, it also improves accessibility on bigger screen devices like the iPhone 6 Plus as all the apps in a folder can be easily accessible with your thumb.

#4 Use QuickType

In iOS 8, Apple introduced a new predictive typing feature called QuickType. As soon as you start typing on the iOS Keyboard, it offers three recommended words or phrases you’d probably type next just above the keyboard as you can see below. So when you type “How are”, it will automatically predict what you want to say next and suggest words like “you”, “we”, “the”.

QuickType comes in extremely handy when you want to use the device with one-hand. The three suggestions can be easily accessed with your thumb. I don’t use QuickType when I can use two-hands while typing, but find it a lot faster and easier to use it while trying to type with one-hand.


#5 Jailbreak your iPhone 6 Plus

If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone 6 Plus, then you can install tweaks such as ReachWeather, Carpe Diem that bring information such as Weather etc. to the Reachability view, so you can access the information easily by double tapping on the Home button. Please note that not all Reachability tweaks may be appropriate for one-handed use.

➤ The Best iOS 8 Jailbreak Tweaks for Reachability



#6 Change your grip

You should also hold the iPhone 6 Plus a little higher rather than at the bottom to be able to access the top of the screen a little more easily.

Alternatively, you can slide the iPhone higher or lower to access the top section of the screen.

#7 Get a case

iPhone 6 Plus is made with anodized aluminium, stainless steel, and glass, and unlike the iPhone 5s, comes with rounded edges. Some people have found that the iPhone 6 Plus with all-metal casing and the bigger screen slippery. If you’re one of them, then you should consider getting a case. However, avoid the rugged cases as it would make your device bigger, and even more difficult to hold.

I would recommend the following cases:

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus leather case – It’s one of the best cases for the iPhone 6, but you may want to get a darker color such as black to ensure that it does not stain easily. – Buy now
  • Scarf – a minimalistic case for iPhone 6 Plus which is only 0.3 mm thin. Its main purpose is to add extra grip to the device along with protecting your iPhone from scratches. – Buy now

These are some of the tips to make it easier to use the iPhone 6 Plus with one-hand. If you’ve any other tips then drop me a line in the comments.

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