How to Enable Reachability on the iPhone 7

The larger screen on the iPhone 7 Plus makes it easier to watch videos, look at pictures, and read content on your device. Many new Plus owners were initially hesitant that the device might be too big but, after using the larger screen, they discover that it has many benefits.

One drawback to the larger screen, however, is that it can be difficult to reach items at the top of the screen when holding the iPhone with one hand. Fortunately there is an option on the iPhone 7 called “Reachability” that allows you to move the top of the screen to the middle of the screen temporarily, thereby enabling you to reach those items while still using only one hand.


How to Turn On Reachability in iOS 10

These steps were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10. However, these steps will also work for other iPhone Plus models (such as the 6 or 6S) if you want to be able move your app icons down on the screen and make them easier to reach.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

tap the settings icon



Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

open the general menu



Step 3: Touch the Accessibility button.

select the accessibility option



Step 4: Scroll down and tap the button to the right of Reachability to turn it on. The setting is enabled when there is green shading around the button. Reachability is turned on in the image below.

how to enable reachability on the iphone 7



You can use the reachability feature by double-tapping your Home button. This will anchor the top of the screen about half way down the physical screen to make the top buttons easier to reach. It looks something like the image below.

example of reachability in use on iphone 7



You can then scroll down the page while the new top of the screen remains at a reachable distance. Once you are done, simply press the Home button again to restore the screen to its default configuration.


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