How to use iPhone X in one-hand mode (Reachability)

When the iPhone X was announced to have absolutely no home button, this raised a number of questions. How do you access Siri? How do you do screenshots? How do we even get to the home screen? Wait... how do we enter Reachability (one-hand mode)?

The new iPhone's interface is entirely gesture-based, and to return home, one simply needs to swipe from the bottom up. There is a black bar down there, conveniently placed to show us that a gesture is available. And while many thought that Reachability is gone, since there's no home button to tap to activate it, it seems this black bar is also used to activate the mode.

Instead of swiping up, as you would to return home, just simply swipe down at the very bottom of the display. The screen contents will "dunk" down within reachable distance of your thumb — just like how Reachability has worked thus far.

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

That cutout tho'... Anyhow, it seems like I'm starting to like this new 18:9 aspect ratio. It's considerably better for viewing web contents, Emails and IMs, etc than 16:9. I remember when I got my Nexus 5 after years of using Blackberry Bold. I was immensely pleased to have extra screen length for viewing web contents and when I demoed The LG V30, it was like... Deja Vu! Oh well, G'Day!

2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

So where's the Bluetooth, Notification and Screen orientation-lock symbols supposed to show up now?

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You'll find them just under the unibrow.

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