Shaq attack: how to use your big screen phone easier with one hand

Shaq attack: how to use your big screen phone easier with one hand
Hauling groceries in one hand trying to answer a text with the other? Eating chicken fingers and trying to launch the ESPN app to see how the other games are advancing? Today's big screen smartphones present plenty of challenges towards one-handed operation, and with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple threw its gauntlet in the arena of one-handed modes, too. There were plenty of manufacturers beforehand that offer some interface features to facilitate the one-handed operation of today's big-screen phones, with Samsung, as the one which popularized the phablet format, paving the way. 

Apple's take on the matter is certainly different than what Samsung or LG have to offer, and it will obviously be available on all of its bigger screen phones now, that's why we are including it in the demo videos below. 

How about if your manufacturer doesn't support any one-handed modes in their interface overlay, or you are running stock, though? Well, there are plenty of third-party apps, and a few tips that can make your big-screen phone extremely manageable with one hand, while you carry groceries or eat chicken fingers with the other. Here's what you might want to check if you are gunning for an easier one-handed operation.

Android phones

Apple (iPhone 6 Plus)

Manufacturer one-handed modes

Now that you've seen the different takes on the one-handed mode, and the different ways to activate it on big-screen phones, tell us what you have found useful in fighting with your monster of a phablet with a hand tied behind your back. And don't just say "I support it with the pinky," either.



1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I wish my Sony Xperia T2 Ultra had more home brewed single-hand use options. Sony Keyboard & Notification bar are it.

2. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Opened this article only to see that girls picture !

5. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

first time seeing a girl?

9. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

She really is pretty, I don't blame you :D

7. Mobilephile

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Home double-tap feature is what Apple copied.

3. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Samsung's one had mode simply stands out ,probably the best implementation till date i use it often on my note 3

8. Mobilephile

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Huawei also has some great 1 handed features that PA failed to mention.

4. sachouba

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

It's quite plain: if you are using an iPhone 6 (or Plus), it's impossible to use it with one hand simply because of the back button which is in the top left corner, unlike the Android phones. (Yes, iOS is all but adapted to big phones) I'm able to use a Galaxy S5 with one hand, but not an iPhone 6, despite its smaller screen, simply because of those huge bezels and this back button...

6. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The one the GS5 has is the best .. Note 4 too .. but really I used it countless times and it's wonderful ..

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