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How to get a one-handed mode on any rooted Android device

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How to get a one-handed mode on any rooted Android device
With smartphones transforming into more and more potent computing devices, it makes sense that we want larger screens than before. After all, a 3-inch display will hardly allow you to be very productive -- items are too small, and your fingers are just too big. This has caused some serious growth in device's dimensions, with 5-inches now being something of an average across the industry. And while those larger screens definitely come in handy, they can also be quite frustrating to handle with one hand, whenever you just need to perform an operation quickly -- like calling your mom. God forbid you need to reach for the status bar to pull down the notification panel.

In other words, it's safe to say that features, such as the special one-handed mode available with the 6-inch LG G Pro 2, comes in handy. Unfortunately, such perks are still far from the norm with manufacturers, and it's very likely that your phone doesn't have such a mode. Well, today, we'll show you how to mod just about any device with Android 4.0+ and get a one-handed mode, and it's quite straightforward, too. As you can guess, you'll need to be rooted in order to install the Xposed framework -- a wonderful platform that allows all kinds of customization of Android -- and then use its app to download a specific module. Sounds simple enough? It is.

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posted on 09 May 2014, 07:41 3

1. gurjashan (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2014)


long live rovo89 and tungstwenty

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:34 6

5. gustavoace (Posts: 82; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Xposed FW should be App of the year, EVERY year. It is an amazing app!

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:08

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 1221; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


This app is really very handy

posted on 09 May 2014, 07:42 7

2. twens (Posts: 519; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Enough of this one handed operation bull**** Even on my iphone5 I still find myself using two hands in most situations. Why is the media forcing everyone to believe two handed operation on mobile is wrong? Is it because Apple hasn't gone big screen yet? It's becoming annoying. I used two hands to type this on my iPhone 5. Enough already.

posted on 09 May 2014, 07:45 2

3. Duketytz (Posts: 329; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Er some people just like the convenience? For me there are so many occasions where I will be using one handed operations, such as when I'm holding something on the other hand?

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:01 4

4. Planterz (Posts: 576; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It annoys you that they give people an option that you don't use? That makes it BS? Get over yourself, sweetheart.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:31 2

8. RandomUsername (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


That's just, like, your opinion, man.

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:47 1

9. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


While I agree one handed smartphone use is really overblown.....because even with the orig Droid I used 2 hands....one to hold the phone steady....its nice to have options...choices.

If more ppl really paid attention...they might find they use 2 hands the most.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:42 2

6. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 496; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Most of the time I'm using my N5 one-handed, since I only use the keyboard. Also gestures help a lot. But I use two hands as well and I don't consider it a burden at all.

posted on 09 May 2014, 20:52 1

10. steedsofwar (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


One handed use is overrated for phones in the 5" category. As long as your fingers can wrap around the device to hold safely.

I found myself typing with two hands, taking pictures, pinch and zooming, gaming etc with two hands.

Anything bigger than 5" (bar the LG G2) tends to have a very large chassis and holding the phone comfortably or ergonomically becomes very annoying. Look at the s5, the M8 the Z2... all larger footprint than the G2. The Galaxy Nexus was the perfect balance.

posted on 10 May 2014, 10:31

12. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 519; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


As I agree about the big inconvenience. and that most of the time ppl use both hands, even on iphone,- the one hand functions on the Note makes the one hand use possible if needed.

posted on 09 May 2014, 21:22 1

11. gigaraga (Posts: 501; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


My Note 3 is still usable with one hand despite the large size, and I hardly end up using the one-handed feature anyways.

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