iOS Tip 187: Use the One Handed Keyboard

How to Use the One Handed Keyboard on iPhone

The latest iOS versions support one-handed keyboard mode for iPhone. One Handed Keyboard shifts the touch screen keys over on the screen to the left or to the right, so that it’s theoretically easier to reach the keys with a single thumb. This keyboard feature can be particularly helpful for users who have the larger iPhone Plus and iPhone X models and find them challenging to type on one handed.

You will need a modern version of iOS for iPhone to have this feature available, anything beyond iOS 11 has the capability. The iPad does not have one handed keyboard support.

You can quickly switch into and out of One Handed Keyboard mode on iPhone, here’s how it works:

    1    Access the keyboard anywhere on the iPhone as usual, whether in Messages, Mail, Safari, Notes, etc does not matter
    2    Tap and hold on the Emoji icon in the lower left corner of the keyboard (it looks like a little smiling face icon)*

    1    When the pop-up keyboard menu appears, tap on the keyboard icons to shift into the equivalent One Handed Keyboard mode:

  •       Left: keyboard shifts to the left, if you type with your left thumb this is likely what you’d use
  •       Center: the default iPhone keyboard, centered and not shifted over into One Handed Mode
  •         Right: keyboard keys shift to the right, if you want to type with your right thumb this is probably what you’d use

    3    One Handed keyboard will be enabled, shifting the keys over to the left or right side of the screen depending on what you chose