How to Use the iPhone Reachability Feature, with or without a Home Button

iPhone screens have gotten wider, and those wider screens can sometimes be hard to navigate one-handed. If you're having trouble accessing items at the top of the screen on your iPhone, give your overstretched thumb a break and start using Apple's Reachability feature to pull the top of the screen within reach. To use this feature, you'll need to enable Reachability in the Settings app. Here's how to use Reachability, with our without the Home button, to make your iPhone's screen more comfortable to access.

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How to Use the iPhone Reachability Feature, with or without a Home Button

  1. Open the Settings app. 
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Select Touch.

  4. Toggle on Reachability.

Now, you can start using Reachability on your iPhone.

To bring the top of the iPhone screen down:

  1. On the iPhone X and later, pull down from the bottom quarter of the screen.

  2. On earlier model iPhones, lightly double tap the Home button (don't press).
  3. To exit out of Reachability mode, gently tap the top of the screen.

Now you know how to turn Reachability on and off as needed. Happy scrolling!

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.