There’s no denying that phones have gotten big, sometimes comically so. It can be nearly impossible to use a modern Android phone with one hand. That’s where “One-Handed Mode” comes in, and many Android phones have it.
If you’re unfamiliar with “One-Handed Mode,” it’s simply a feature that slides the UI down to the bottom of the display to make things easier to reach. This isn’t a permanent thing, but it’s handy in certain situations.
For this guide, we’ll show you how One-Handed Mode works on Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones.
Samsung was one of the first Android phone makers to add One-Handed Mode. First, swipe down once from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon.
Scroll to the bottom of the Settings and select “Advanced Features.”
Select “One-Handed Mode.”
Toggle the switch on at the top of the screen.
Next, you can choose how One-Handed Mode is activated. If you’re using gesture navigation, you can only choose “Gesture.” But if you use the three-button layout, you also have the option to double-tap the home button.
In One-Handed Mode, you can tap the arrow icon to move the shrunken screen to the left or right. You can also grab the corner to resize the screen. Tap on any empty screen space to exit.
One-Handed Mode arrived for Google Pixel phones in Android 12. To get started, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to reveal the Quick Settings menu, and then tap the gear icon.
Next, scroll down and select “System.”
Now, select “Gestures.”
Lastly, go to “One-Handed Mode.”
Toggle the switch at the top to turn on One-Handed Mode.
You get a couple of other options as well. Enable “Exit When Switching Apps” to automatically leave One-Handed Mode when you leave an app.
Lastly, you can set the “Timeout” so that One-Handed Mode will exit after a certain length of inactivity.
With that out of the way, you can activate One-Handed Mode by swiping down on the home button or gesture bar. To leave One-Handed Mode, swipe up on the same spot or tap the blank area at the top of the screen.
If you don’t have a Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel phone, there’s still a solid chance that you have One-Handed Mode. Search for it in the Settings and you might be surprised! This is a nifty thing to know.