Three apps to install and use your big phone with one hand much easier

Three apps to install and use your big phone with one hand much easier
Look, Ma, one hand! Today's big screen smartphones present plenty of challenges towards one-handed operation, despite manufacturers increasingly offering interface features that facilitate one-handed operation. Samsung, as the one which popularized the phablet format, is paving the way here with one-hand, Pop-up view, and other modes.

Carrying 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 with your only clean palm?

What 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 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 of your 5"+ handset screen.

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10 Comments

1. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Note 3 has one hand mode. "v" motion swipe from either edge enables a full screen reduction to about a 3.8" screen that is also adjustable in size and position. And Action Launcher has pull down feature also.

6. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

If nexus 6 had such features, it would be ACTUALLY the representative of the android community

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The smartphone in the above picture is Mi Note. And it already has the third feature in the list by default. And also the one handed feature in Mi Note is super simple to start....

2. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

When they understand that the only major smartphone that makes sense is the note because with his pencil ✏ becomes easier to use the smartphone but those who have these smartphone Supersized without pencil and doing nothing other than a small smartphone no place in the current market.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I've had a Note 2, a Note 3 and now a OnePlus One. My wife had a Note 2, a Note 3 and now a Huawei Ascend Mate 2(6.1" screen). What we both found is that we didn't use the stylus as much as we hoped. So when it came time to change phones we both decided to look for large phones that had other features that we liked yet also had large screens. She needed a phone with a better battery life than the Note 3, I wanted something that was everything I felt the Note 3 was lacking. In the end we're both happy with our large phones without a stylus. I think the trend of growing screen size without stylus makes perfect sense.

3. Sauce5 unregistered

Lazy Swipe is by far the best in my own subjective opinion. Surprised PA hasn't spoken about this (Lazy Swipe) previously.

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Um, I think they actually have mentioned it in one of those "10 best Android apps and games" articles. I mean at least that is what I think, but I am pretty sure I found out about the app in PA. I use it right now actually lol.

9. Sauce5 unregistered

I missed it I guess. You should totally check it out. I donated money to the developer.

4. RaulBlas

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

I don´t understand why the latest versions of Android do not have take in consideration one handed use. I will be nice to see design guidelines thap put all the controls of the apps in the bottom area off the screen. For example, in Chrome, you have to go to the top area to select another previously opened window, also for going forward in the visited pages.. Next Android version should give us the option at least of having all the commands at the reach of our lazy thumb.

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I'd just get a 4.7"-5" phone if one handed use is optimal thank you very much lol

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