There is no doubt that the average smartphone screen size is spiraling out of control. With the latest offerings from Android OEMs reaching almost 7 inches, it can be quite difficult to navigate the user interface with one hand. Samsung has packed a dedicated one-handed mode into A user interface to tackle the problem. Here’s how you can use Samsung Galaxy phones in one-handed mode.
As the name suggests, one-handed mode is designed to let you easily operate the phablet. Once one-handed mode is activated, the operating system dims the entire screen so you can comfortably use the same user interface. Let’s check the add-on in action. Let’s go?
Activate one-handed mode with a gesture
There are two ways to navigate the operating system in a user interface. You can either use the age-old navigation buttons (Home, Recents, and Back) or opt for gestures to move around the UI.
If you’re using gestures, just swipe down at the bottom center, and the One UI will switch to one-handed mode.
You will see a floating UI with a background matching the wallpaper in a gradient theme.
If you are left-handed, you can press the left arrow and move the one-handed mode to the left and similarly press the right arrow to move it in the opposite direction.
There is no way to scale in one-handed mode. However, you can adjust the position of the window using the top bar. Long press the top bar. Then use drag and drop to move the window.
Activate one-handed mode with the navigation buttons
If you use the navigation button on your Galaxy phone, we recommend using the home button trick to use one-handed mode. You will need to make some tuning adjustments here.
First, we’ll show you how to return to the navigation buttons to navigate the UI and then make a parameter change in one-handed mode.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu on your Galaxy phone.
2nd step: Go to View.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the navigation bar.
Step 4: From the Navigation Type menu, select Buttons. In the same menu, you can also change the order of the buttons.
Once One UI switches from gestures to navigation buttons, you can follow the steps below.
Step 1: Swipe down and reveal Notification Center.
2nd step: Select the Settings gear at the top.
Step 3: In the Settings menu, access advanced features.
Step 4: Select one-handed mode and press the button.
From now on, you can double tap the Home button to activate one-handed mode. The usual functionality of one-handed mode remains the same, as shown above.
Exit one-handed mode
Exiting one-handed mode is quite easy. You need to double tap the side arrow and One UI will return to its original appearance.
Note that when taking screenshots in one-handed mode, they come with a full screen revealing gradient background. You still need to exit one-handed mode and then take screenshots.
Turn off one-handed mode
If you’re not a fan of Samsung’s one-handed mode, you can easily disable the feature from the Settings menu. Some also disable the feature when they get tired of frequently activating one-handed mode by accident.
Step 1: Open Settings on your phone.
2nd step: Access advanced features.
Step 3: Turn off the one-handed mode toggle and you’re good to go.
Bonus Tip: Use Multiple Windows in a Single UI
A user interface is full of hidden gems and features. One such trick is to use a multi-window from the Recents menu. You will have a floating app window on the screen and you can minimize the app into a bubble and access it from anywhere.
Step 1: Open the multitasking menu on your phone.
2nd step: Long-press the app icon and select the Open in pop-up view option.
Step 3: You will see One UI open the app in a small window. You can tap the top bar and place the app windows at your preferred position.
Tap the top indicator and you will find options to minimize or maximize the app window. You should not use the feature on phones with 4GB of RAM. The multi-window would require a good amount of RAM to function properly over a long period of time.
Enjoy One-Handed Mode on Galaxy Phones
Samsung often packs the One UI with gimmicks, but one-handed mode is an exception. It is designed with care and aims to solve a painful problem for several users. What’s your experience with one-handed mode so far? Share your opinion in the comments below.