Android: How to enable one-handed mode in Google Keyboard

Android: How to enable one-handed mode in Google Keyboard
Folks with smartphones sporting screens measuring well over 5 inches may often find it difficult to use their devices with just one hand, especially if typing is involved. Unless you have unusually long thumbs (or you're a superhero who masters elasticity), it can be pretty uncomfortable to type something with one hand on a large screen. Google is aware of this issue, and has a solution to it.

Thanks to an update rolled out last month, Google Keyboard for Android now features a one-handed mode. It's very easy to enable this: when the keyboard is open, long-press the comma key to enable one-handed mode for the left hand, or long-press the emoji key to enable it for the right hand. You'll notice that, when one-handed mode is active, you can seamlessly switch between left and right hands, and you can also go back to the regular keyboard layout.

Let us know if you knew about Google Keyboard's one-handed mode, will you? Of course, if you don't have Google Keyboard installed on your smartphone, this can be downloaded for free from Google Play (see the download link at the end of the article).

P.S.: We know that there are various third-party keyboards that also have one-handed modes, but Google Keyboard comes pre-installed on may devices, and lots of users are relying on it.

download: Google Keyboard



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ahhh PA. Stay winning. I like these!

3. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I had no idea that this was an option on my Nexus 5. I'm pretty disappointed in it though. I thought it was going to move everything in an arc. Not slide the keyboard 1/4 of an inch.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Microsoft's arc implementation of one-hand keyboard is best IMO. That said, I don't really find one-hand typing on my OnePlus One that difficult, as the stock keyboard comes with swipe gesture typing which is easy for me to use with one of my big hands...

5. ShadowHammer

Posts: 204; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Didn't know about this, but I don't find it that useful either on my 5.5" screen. It just scrunches the keyboard to one side of the screen or the other. I also don't like how the material design flattens everything and makes it harder to distinguish the keys, but that's a separate issue. Now, if they would just change the keyboard layout to match Dvorak instead of Querty...

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