IOS/MAC OS X

How To Enable And Use Reachability On iPhone X

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The iPhone X is by no means a small device. Regarding its size, it’s somewhat bigger than the iPhone 8, however, it smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. This simply means, for individuals with small hands, making use of it comfortably isn’t  easy. Fortunately, when Apple initially introduced bigger screens for the iPhone, it included a feature that helped users to use the device more comfortably. It’s called reachability and it gives users a chance to push the contents of the screen down towards the bottom so that they can be easily accessed. Unfortunately, Apple did not think that iPhone X users would require it which is the mean reason it was absent on the device with the initial release of iOS 11. Reachability on iPhone X was included back in iOS 11.1. Here’s how to make use of it.

Enable Reachability On iPhone X

Open the Settings application and go to General > Accessibility. Scroll down to the Interaction segment and enable the Reachability option.

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Using Reachability On iPhone X

On iPhone models that have a home button, you can make use of the reachability feature by double tapping it. The iPhone X, however, doesn’t have a home button which implies that there is something else that is executed differently on the device. To use reachability on iPhone X, you need to swipe down on the home bar. The home bar is the stand-in for the home button however as opposed to tapping it, you need to swipe down on it to move the contents down.

Reachability works in all apps and it likewise works on the home screen. On your home screen, it will push the application icons down so it will be easier to tap them. There is clearly a chance that once enabled, you will accidentally enable reachability when you don’t really need it. That will be a repeating issue, however, the good news is that it will automatically dismiss itself in a matter of seconds.

It’s odd that Apple ignored this feature for iPhone X when iOS 11 was released. The feature has been a piece of iOS since iOS 8 and it was there on other iPhone models. As awesome as the iPhone X may be, it doesn’t automatically make it easier for individuals to use a bigger phone. Maybe the feature hadn’t been modified for a device that did not have a home button. Notwithstanding, on the grounds that the iPhone X at first didn’t have this feature most users believe it’s been removed altogether, which isn’t the situation. As long as you have iOS 11.1+, you have the reachability feature.

You can as well check your iOS version from the settings app goto General > About. In the event that you haven’t as of now, you can quickly update to the latest version of iOS, iOS 11.2.2 which is a vital security update for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.

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