With iOS 11, Apple has added the one-handed keyboard feature to iPhone that makes it simpler to type while holding a larger iPhone in a single hand. In this article, we’ll let you know about how to use one handed keyboard on iPhone. Read on to know more about this new keyboard feature.
With the one handed keyboard, the entire on-screen keyboard can be shifted to either left or right side of your device’s screen. Both right-handed and left-handed keyboards are available. Please note that this one-handed keyboard only exists on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones just like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. However, the feature is not available on smaller iPhones like the SE nor does it exist on iPod Touch or iPad.
Use One Handed Keyboard on iPhone
In order to quickly switch to the one handed keyboard while typing, you can long-press the emoji key on your device’s keyboard. Once the pop-up menu appears, you can select either the left-handed or right-handed keyboard icons.
If you want to return to the default two-handed keyboard, you can tap on the arrow button at the left or right side of the keyboard. You can also long-press the emoji key once again and tap on the two-handed keyboard icon.
In case you have multiple keyboards enabled, you’ll find a globe-shaped international keyboard key. Just long-press the globe key instead of the emoji key to open the menu.
If you’re not able to find an emoji or globe key, it means you’ve disabled all additional keyboards including the emoji keyboard. To re-enable the emoji keyboard, you need to navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji. And the emoji key will reappear on your keyboard.
Set One Handed Keyboard as Your Default
You can even set the one-handed keyboard as your default keyboard. To do so, just navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard > One Handed Keyboard and select either Left for the left-handed keyboard or Right for the right-handed keyboard. You can also restore the two-handed keyboard as your default keyboard.
It’s worth mentioning that the third-party keyboards may also have a one-handed mode. For instance, Google’s Gboard keyboard also enables you to select a one-handed mode option once you long-press on the globe option.
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