Sometimes, whether it’s because I’m holding a cup of coffee or I’m just too lazy to type with both, I type with just one hand. When I’m using the four-inch iPhone SE, it’s fairly easy, but anything larger and the reach is awkward and cumbersome. Apple added a one-handed keyboard feature that squishes all of the keys to the left or right of the screen so you can type with one hand without having to stretch your thumbs. And, even if you’ve got big old fingers, the keyboard technology is smart enough to predict what you’re probably trying to type and will activate the correct key most of the time. Here’s how to enable it on iPhone.
Note: The one-handed keyboard feature is not available on four-inch iPhones like iPhone SE or on the iPad. On iPad, you can instead use the split keyboard feature.
- How to enable the one-handed keyboard on iPhone
- How to access the one-handed keyboard on iPhone
- How to switch back to standard keyboard from one-handed on iPhone
How to enable the one-handed keyboard on iPhone
To use the one-handed keyboard on iPhone, you can enable it from the Settings section. If you don’t see the feature in your Settings section, you’re using a device that doesn’t support one-handed keyboard (like iPhone SE or iPad), or you need to upgrade to iOS 11.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap General.
Tap Left or Right depending on your preference.
If you like to type one-handed with your left and right hand, don’t worry. You can switch sides with the Global Keyboard key.
How to access the one-handed keyboard on iPhone
You can also quickly access the one-handed keyboard by using the Global key on your keyboard. The Global key will only appear on your keyboard if you have at least one other keyboard enabled, like the Emoji board or a third-party keyboard. You won’t see the one-handed keyboard on smaller iPhones (like iPhone SE) or on the iPad.
- Launch the app you want to start typing in.
- Press and hold the Global Keyboard key.
- Tap the left or right keyboard icon.
How to switch back to standard keyboard from one-handed on iPhone
Once you’ve enabled the one-handed keyboard, you can quickly switch back to the standard keyboard by tapping the arrow opposite the keys. You can also go back to the standard keyboard or switch to the other side using the Global Keyboard key.
- Launch the app you want to start typing in.
- Press and hold the Global Keyboard key.
- Tap the left, right, or standard keyboard icon to switch.
- Start typing!
Do you have any questions about using the one-handed keyboard on iPhone? Put them in the comments and we’ll help you out.
Sometimes you don’t want to use both hands to send a text — maybe you’re holding a coffee, a dog leash, or a particularly squirmy toddler. Whatever the reason, here’s how to set up a one-handed keyboard on your iPhone.
While it’s not uncommon for people to text using both hands, there are a fair amount of people who have been accustom to sending texts with one hand only. However, as smartphones get larger, such as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, one-handed texting can be a real pain in your hand to do.
Fortunately, you don’t need to choose between a large phone and one-handed texting. Apple has implemented an easy-to-use solution — the one-handed keyboard. Here’s how you go about setting that up.
How to set up one-hand texting on your iPhone
- Open any app that uses the keyboard, such as messages
- Touch and hold the globe or emoji keyboard button
- Tap either the right handed or left handed layout, as indicated by the arrow to the side of the keyboard icon
Once set up, you’ll notice that your keyboard has shifted over to one side of the screen, making it easier to type on with one hand. If you find that you don’t like the one-handed setup, or you’d like to go back to two-handed typing for a bit, reverting the changes is easy, too.
How to undo the one-handed keyboard for iPhone
- Open any app that uses the keyboard
- Touch and hold the globe or emoji keyboard button
- Tap the standard keyboard icon, between the left and right one-handed keyboard icons
Of course, you can toggle the one-handed keyboard on and off from the Settings app, too.
How change one-handed keyboard settings on your iPhone
- Open Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Keyboards
- Tap One Handed Keyboard
- Select the Left, Right, or Off (standard layout) setting
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iOS 11 has a new one-hand keyboard option for the iPhone that lets you do exactly what it says: type with just one hand. It’s easy to get at, but a little confusing why you may not see it.
To use the one-hand keyboard make sure you’re in an app that uses a keyboard. Now press and hold on the globe icon and choose the icon that shifts your keyboard to the left or right depending on your preference. I moved mine to the left so I can type left handed.
Choose a one-handed keyboard from the globe icon (left) and expand the keyboard with the arrow (right)
To switch back to standard typing just tap the arrow in the empty space off to the side of the keyboard.
You don’t have a globe icon on your keyboard, you say? Not a problem. We just need to add a second keyboard. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone
- Tap General
- Tap Keyboard
- Choose Keyboards
- Tap Add New Keyboard
- Choose a keyboard to add. Try adding the Emoji keyboard so you can send your friends thumbs up and smiling pile of poo.
Now the globe icon should show up to the left of the space bar in on-screen keyboards, and you can get at the one-hand keyboards, too.
No globe icon on your keyboards? Head over to Settings to add a second.
And why don’t you see the one-hand keyboard on your iPad? That’s because Apple didn’t make it an option on its tablets, presumably because iPad users all have bigger hands than me.
One-hand typing can be an issue on iPhones, especially the ones with larger screens. Thankfully, iOS comes with a built-in option to change keyboard size for comfortable use. In this article, let’s have a quick look at how you can use the one-handed keyboard on iPhone running iOS 14.
Use One-Handed Keyboard on iPhone (iOS 14)
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The one-handed keyboard mode on the iPhone makes the keyboard smaller and easier to type for single-hand use. When used, the keyboard will be shifted to the screen’s left or right side based on what you prefer. You can then comfortably use your thumb to reach all keys with one hand.
Step to Change Keyboard Size on iPhone for One Hand Use
- While typing, touch, and hold the Emoji or Earth icon on your iPhone keyboard.
- You’ll now see keyboard position icons- left, regular, and right.
- Tap the keyboard icon to the left or right to get the one-handed keyboard on your iPhone.
- Tapping the icon at the left will shift the keyboard to the left, while tapping the icon at the right will shift the keyboard.
To revert to the normal layout, tap and hold the Emoji or Earth icon and select the middle’s keyboard icon. You can also switch by tapping the arrow given in the space next to the keyboard.
Alternatively, you can go to Settings > General > Keyboard > One-Handed Keyboard and turn it on to get a small size keyboard on your iPhone.
One-Hand Keyboard Option Missing on Your iPhone?
Is the one-hand keyboard option missing from your iPhone keyboard? Well, this is usually the case with iPhones having smaller screens like the iPhone SE 2020. On these models, Apple uses the “Zoomed” view by default.
If you want to use one-handed keyboard mode, you’ll have to tweak the Display Zoom settings as follows.
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Head to Display & Brightness.
- Click on View under “Display Zoom.”
- Change it from Zoomed to Standard.
- Click Set at the top-right corner. Confirm the prompt to apply changes.
You will now be able to use the one-handed keyboard option on your iPhone without any issues. However, I don’t think it’ll be of any use on iPhones that already have a small screen size.
This was all about how you can use the one-handed keyboard on iPhone running iOS 14. I’ve also mentioned what to do if the one-hand keyboard option is missing on your iPhone. Do try it and let me know if it works for you in the comments below. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on iOS.
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If you have an iPhone Plus model, you’ve definitely struggled to type on your iPhone’s keyboard with just one hand. It’s not easy to do on a regular iPhone model, and nearly impossible with the larger device. Well, there’s a new hidden feature in iOS 11 that allows you to move the keyboard to the right or left of the screen. The keys become smaller and closer together, but you can definitely type one-handed on any iPhone with this one-handed keyboard. Here’s how to enable the one-handed keyboard in iOS 11 on iPhone.
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How to Enable the One-Handed Keyboard on iPhone
- When viewing the built-in iPhone keyboard, tap and hold the Smiley or Globe icon.
- On either side of the main keyboard at the bottom will be a keyboard to the left or right of the screen. Tap on the left or right keyboard, depending on which hand you’re holding your iPhone with.
- You can easily return to full-screen keyboard by tapping the white arrow in the open gray space next to the one-handed keyboard.
Apple leaves no stone unturned to enhance the user experience of its users. With the advent of iOS 11, they introduced a new feature named ‘One-Handed Keyboard.’ The function is for bigger screen size iPhones. It allows you to type using your one hand, be it then left or right. Intriguing!! Isn’t it? Let’s see how you can use a one-handed keyboard on iPhone.
How to Use One-Handed Keyboard with iPhone
- Find the globe or emoji icon located at the right of the 123 button and long press on it.
- At the bottom of the flag, you’ll notice three keyboard locations; left, center, and right. Choose the one you prefer.
You can start typing now.
Wait!! Want to disable it now?
Tap the chevron located, and you’ll return to the centered keyboard.
Can’t find the globe or emoji icon on your keyboard? Don’t worry. Here’s an alternate way.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone .
- Tap on General and go to Keyboard.
- Tap on ‘One-Handed Keyboard’ and choose the left or right orientation as per your wish.
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The process to activate and use one-handed keyboard in iOS 11 is very simple and requires you to follow some simple steps and you will be good to go. Before we move to the guide, let’s get into more detail of one handed keyboard. So keep reading.
One–Handed keyboard mode
This is one of the most notable features in iOS 11. But this feature works only with the iPhone. Once the one-handed keyboard mode is activated, the keyboard will shrink to the smaller one and will shift to either side of the screen. Next, you can use it with your left or right hand easily to get things done. The keyboard can be moved to the right or left side depending on your choice.
With this one-handed keyboard mode, your right or left thumb can now reach across the full keyboard and you can type easily without any fear of dropping the phone. Now let’s get into how to activate and use one-handed keyboard in iOS 11.
How To Use One-Handed Keyboard In iOS 11
The process is very simple and it does not require heading to settings. It all can be done from the keyboard. So, what you need to do is open any app to pull the keyboard. For example. open the message app that will automatically launch the keyboard for typing. Now follow the below-mentioned steps.
Step 1: As the keyboard is launched, tap on the globe icon or the emoji icon at the bottom of the keyboard. It will bring three smaller version of the keyboard at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Tap on the right small keyboard if you wish to type with the right hand while you need to tap on the left smaller keyboard to get the keyboard at the left corner of the device.
Step 3: Once you are done with typing you can go back to the normal keyboard just by tapping on the arrow located on the side. That’s it. There is also one more way to get back to the normal keyboard. Again tap on that globe icon and select the middle keyboard from the three options available.
Some important point to remember:
- Until you choose to go back to the normal keyboard size, it will stay in the one handed keyboard mode.
- This feature is available only for iPhone and not the iPad.
- The one-handed keyboard mode works when the phone is kept in vertical mode.
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Stop hating words containing Q, A, and Z, with the iPhone’s new one-handed keyboard.
Photo: Cult of Mac
If you have small hands, or a big-screen iPhone, or both, then you may love the new one-handed keyboard in iOS 11. It’s a simple software tweak that squishes the on-screen keyboard horizontally, and slides it to the left or right, so you can more easily reach all the keys with a thumb.
This is great news for folks who like to walk along the street sipping coffee and texting, instead of looking where they’re going. It’s also neat for people trying to get a baby to sleep, so they can tweet about it as they bob the baby into slumber on their hip.
Reachability, only useful
The one-handed keyboard is an evolution of Reachability, the unpopular feature that lets users of big-screen iPhones double-tap the Home button to lower the top of the screen to within range of their thumb. This time, though, only the keyboard moves. You can set it to move left or right, depending on which hand you’re using.
The feature is best suited to people with small fingers. Not only because they are the people who may have trouble reaching the entire width of the standard keyboard on an iPhone X or iPhone Plus, but also because the keys shrink, making them harder to hit with bigger digits.
How to switch on the one-handed iPhone keyboard
There are two ways to switch on the one-handed keyboard, one easy, and one too convoluted to bother with. Let’s do the lame one first. Head to the Settings app, and find Settings>General>Keyboard. Then tap One-handed Keyboard. In there, you’ll see this screen, where you can choose to put the one-handed keyboard on the left or the right. This is the long way to switch on the one-handed keyboard.
Photo: Cult of Mac
Now, the next time you use the keyboard, it will be shifted over to the side of your choosing. That’s fine, but there’s a much quicker way to do exactly the same thing.
The quick way to switch on the one-handed keyboard
Anytime the keyboard is on screen, you can just long-press the little globe icon to bring up the keyboard selection popover. This is the same globe icon you use to select the emoji keyboard, to cycle between any keyboards you have active on your iPhone — utility keyboards from apps like Yoink, for example, or keyboards for other languages.
Long-pressing the globe icon brings up the familiar popover, only in iOS 11 it now has an extra row at the bottom: The quick picker is the way to go.
Photo: Cult of Mac
Just tap whichever option you want: left, right or center (which is the equivalent of off).
If you don’t have the keyboard-switching globe icon?
The keyboard-switching globe icon only appears if you have more than one keyboard active on your iPhone. If you only ever use the standard keyboard, then you won’t see it. Most people will see this icon, though, because the emoji keyboard is so commonly used. If you don’t, you’ll have to add a keyboard to your setup in order to switch it on. That’s easy, though. Just head to Settings>General>Keyboard. Then tap Keyboards at the top of that screen. Then tap Add New Keyboard… and pick one. The emoji keyboard will probably be the most useful for you, unless you regularly communicate in more than one language. And if that’s the case, you probably already have these languages’ keyboards switched on.
The third way — Siri
There’s another way to type when you can’t use both thumbs: Siri. Instead of typing your words manually, like some gang of Shakespeare-writing monkeys, you can just talk to Siri and she’ll do the typing for you. If you haven’t used Siri’s speech-to-text feature in a while, you might be surprised how accurate it has gotten. then again, if you regularly hang out in the Cult of Mac Slack chat, where our chief editor Lewis “I heart SEO” Wallace dictates all of his messages via Siri, then you might be surprised how amusing auto-correct mistakes can still be.
Using Siri to dictate messages is easy. Just tap the little microphone icon next to the spacebar, and Siri will listen. Just say what you want to write, and Siri will take care of it for you. You’ll have to enable dictation first, in Settings>General>Keyboard, but that’s a one-time settings change.
Out and about? Siri dictation also works great through the microphone on your EarPods or AirPods. You should at least try this out, because it’s way faster than one-thumbed typing, even with the new one-handed keyboard activated.
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There’s something mysterious hiding in the depths of your iPhone: a special keyboard, built for use with one hand.
It’s Apple’s secret weapon, built to combat that starkest of smartphone issues – while screens have been getting bigger, your hands have remained stubbornly hand-sized. The odd thing is, they don’t want you to use it.
This is what it looks like.
This lopsided marvel was recently dug up by app developer Steve Stroughton-Smith, who found this alternative QWERTY keyboard sitting dormant in the current iOS build.
According to the developer, it’s hanging about in Apple’s operating system “since iOS 8” – software that was built to coincide with the release of Apple’s first XL-sized phone, the iPhone 6 Plus.
Mindful that some digitally-challenged (small fingered?) users might struggle with the six-inch Plus monster, it would appear that Apple was playing around with a solution for texting with one hand – but decided not to give it the green light.
While it’s not accessible from a normal iPhone, Strought-Smith demonstrates that it can be accessed from a ‘jailbroken’ iPhone, a model that’s been tweaked to allow unapproved software and operations to be carried out on it.
However, if you’re not keen to jailbreak your iPhone (it’ll ruin your warranty if you try it), one-handed keyboards are available from other developers. Microsoft has the very swish Word Flow Keyboard, while SwiftKey offers a heap of customisable keyboard placements.
Here’s hoping Apple unlocks their Plus-conquering keyboard in the near future. Our thumbs could use the break.