Do you ever use the Reachability feature on your iPhone?


Apple insisted on its small-sized iPhones up until the critical point when many people switched camp to Android just because it offered larger devices. However, when it introduced its first bigger phones in 2014 - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - Apple still felt obliged to include a feature that would help users reach every corner of the screen even on these bigger iPhones.

The feature is Reachability: double tap on the iPhone's home key and the upper half of your screen moves much lower, allowing you to reach the top part of an app with one hand easily.


However, as more and more people grow accustomed to these larger phone form factors, it seems like it has become a habit for people to twist their phone in the hand and reach the upper parts of the display with some slight hand gymnastics rather than using that Reachability shortcut.

And having such a key shortcut occupied by something that is not used by many people just seems like a waste. After all, imagine if you could fire up the camera by double tapping the home button, a shortcut that we're sure many iPhone users would appreciate. Or maybe have the option to set your own shortcut for the double tap action?

Whatever it is that's possible, we're first curious to learn whether you use that Reachability shortcut at all. Sound off in the poll and let us know your wishes for a double tap iPhone shortcut in the comments below.

Do you ever use the Reachability feature on your iPhone?

Yes, I use it regularly
31.46%
Nope, never or very rarely
40.4%
I have an Android phone, but let me see the results!
28.15%

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31 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, 9 Android users so far can't see the "View Results" link...

2. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Not true. I am an Android user and I have an iPhone 6 Plus too. I use it every now and again as I don't like iOS and I have never used this feature even once. I ordered a small phone instead. The Google Pixel. Wish it were even smaller.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You misunderstand, look at the number of people that have voted for "I have an Android phone, but let me see the results!". Make that 29 Android users now...

14. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

We call this old feature as one-hand operation in TouchWiz.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

actually I click "View Results" first to check how much people vote for "I have an Android phone...". and then go back to choose "I have an Android phone.." btw, those "View Results" mostly usefull for blind test camera, to see which one is S7/S7e

23. FluffyBled unregistered

I actually clicked "View Results" without even reading the options. I always do that if I own none of the devices mentioned in the poll title.

26. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

You can easily tell samsung apart by its sharpening algorithm

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I use it with Bragi jailbreak tweak, it's incredibly convenient. On stock iOS it's just a waste of space and often it makes using an app painful. Reachability should work the same way as OneHandWizard does

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Apple should innovate once again and allow their users to place app icons anywhere the users pleases instead of starting from the top right downward from left to right, then maybe they wouldn't need to use the reach feature.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I hardly use it but I should use more, tbh I forget out about all the time lol.

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Forget about it*** lol.

7. nukmichael

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2016

ReachabilityIt is not good enough for one hand operation.

8. Ironboned

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

People didn't switch to android only because of bigger diaplay . Many many reasons that Apple users left Apple. Horrible costumer service and support. Damn expensive devices . No new idea after Steve Jobs. Horrible quality . No new designs. Only 1 year guaranty and to use the guaranty need to make thousands calls and write thousands e-mails and many many more reasons . Back to 2005 Apple was always one step forward from other manifactures and now Apple is really laziest manufactur. They are using the technologies like dual camera what years ago other devices had em and still nI VR no good camera , after years finally water resistant and more . Don't forget price of Apple devices are horribly high slowly between buying a Ferrari or an Apple device we have to choose one . Damn man an iPhone 7 plus 256Gb coats 1200$ what the f**k man.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Damn your ass must hurt so bad

16. AlikMalix unregistered

What brain actually upvoted this garbage - utter nonsense.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's one thing to not like a product - that I can approve and respect - but to talk like that about Apple's customer support - which is the best you can get - is the Mount Everest of stupidity...

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30968; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Quite often.

21. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Well aware of your feels :D

11. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

All the time! My 6S screen is too big so i use this when i need to reach the top screen with 1 hand.

12. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Never. But don't have a 'Plus' model where would probably be needed.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I seem to use it more with the iPhone 7. It just seem to work better.

17. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

No. Because on the iPhone, it is a terrible feature. Its better on Samsung devices, because you still have access to 100% of everything on the screen. To lose 40%+ of what is on the screen for Apple's way, is lame. They could have just paid Samsung for the better way, or since iOS is basically OSX stripped down, why not just put windowing back into the software like it was in the first place? Since desktop OS' already using windowing for apps, I don't understand why this was ever remove when those same OS' move to mobile. Its just dumb. You should be able to resize any app on a phone, the same way you did on the desktop. Everyone, Apple, Google, Microcosmic all went backwards when they went mobile.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, the feature is called "reachabillity", that means it is useful when one want to reach stuff; the 40% you say one is loosing is within reach, so why would one use the feature if one reaches the feature one needs?! One might need windowed apps, split screen on large uncomfortable devices - most of Android based phones - but with a regular display device (iPhone is slight large, but relatively ok) there is hardly the need.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

It's actually a nice feature and very straightforward to activate and diactivate. I don't use it as often, though. I did not like it on Samsung it takes longer press to active and the early versions you had to swipe which was just erroneous. Plus you got to activate it in settings when you want to use it.

19. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

There should have been an option that says, "I have an iPhone that doesn't have this feature."

20. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I sometimes use it when my hands are tired of reaching the Back button.. 6S Plus

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Swipe your finger on the screen from left to right (I can't remember the last time I have used a back button).

31. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I use it too quite often but it bothers me that still some apps don't support that feature or even the most relevant apps use that feature inconsistently

22. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I feel this poll is less about reach-ability feature on iOS but more for Phonearena to see how frequently Android users comment/visit on Apple related articles.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Ha-ha-ha.

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