Do You Use Reachability? (6 and 6 Plus Poll)

Do You Use Reachability?

  • Yes, I use it on my iPhone 6

    Votes: 91 35.3%
  • No, I don't use it on my iPhone 6

    Votes: 62 24.0%
  • Yes, I use it on my iPhone 6 Plus

    Votes: 59 22.9%
  • No, I don't use it on my iPhone 6 Plus

    Votes: 46 17.8%

  • Total voters
    258

mastercheif91

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 7, 2011
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So new phone owners, have you found yourself actually using reachability? Are the 6 Plus users taking advantage of it more? What apps do you find it most useful in? Let's talk all things Reachability!
 

siurpeeman

macrumors 603
Dec 2, 2006
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the OC
i didn't until i found myself needing to reach the top of the screen while eating today. fork in one hand, phone in the other, reachability was quite useful.
 

TheBacklash

Suspended
Oct 23, 2013
387
146
used it once or twice demoing it.
haven't really used it out side that on my iPhone 6.

But I find myself resting the iPhone on my fingers, and not in my palm and I can reach every part of my screen.
I have a Spigen tough armor case for it and my pointer finger rests in the cutout for the apple logo. Or just go two handed mode... ;)
 

kevroc

macrumors 6502
Oct 15, 2011
456
117
So new phone owners, have you found yourself actually using reachability? Are the 6 Plus users taking advantage of it more? What apps do you find it most useful in? Let's talk all things Reachability!

Yes, it's extremely useful on the 6 plus.
 

dictoresno

macrumors 601
Apr 30, 2012
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NJ
i think i used it twice just for giggles, but i can definitely see where it would come in handy.
 

mastercheif91

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 7, 2011
127
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Since the advent of the swipe to go back gesture, using the top of the screen for navigation has become much less prevalent in the last year, thus making reachability less of necessity than it could have been. In my usage case, my #1 cause for invoking reachability is actually notification center. I don't know if Apple advertised this or not, but you can access the notification center pane by swiping down on the blank space that appears above the icons on the home screen/your app. Super useful, if a bit non-obvious.
 

Tammster

macrumors 6502
Jun 23, 2010
454
74
S Florida USA
I actually use it a lot on my 6 as I use my phone one handed most of the time. It's getting to the point where I do it automatically.

Some apps do offer swipe gestures but that's not always available. For example, for simple things like reaching the top apps on the homepage it works great.
 

mastercheif91

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 7, 2011
127
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I'm finding Reachability very useful on my football Sunday. Let's me keep my beer in my left hand and my fantasy scores in my right! :D
 

Surf Monkey

macrumors 68030
Oct 3, 2010
2,687
474
Portland, OR
I've used it a few times on my 6 Plus but I've found that I usually don't need it. Using this thing one handed hasn't been a problem for me at all.
 

Jayson A

macrumors 68000
Sep 16, 2014
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I had no idea this feature existed! Was this advertised somewhere?

Anyway, that's really cool! I might be using this when I'm one handed and I can't adjust my grip well enough.
 

mastercheif91

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 7, 2011
127
18
I had no idea this feature existed! Was this advertised somewhere?

Anyway, that's really cool! I might be using this when I'm one handed and I can't adjust my grip well enough.
I guess I should add a "I had no idea this feature existed!" option to the poll too :p
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
48,130
16,778
I had no idea this feature existed! Was this advertised somewhere?

Anyway, that's really cool! I might be using this when I'm one handed and I can't adjust my grip well enough.
Talked about in the keynote. I'm sure mentioned in various other places too.
 

wp-admin

macrumors newbie
Sep 14, 2014
27
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I think like everything, you have to train yourself to use it. I think it's pretty cool if I remember to do it versus raising my other hand to tap whatever I want ha ha.
 

mastercheif91

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 7, 2011
127
18
Not exactly related to "reachability", but I just discovered another shortcut that might help one avoid pull their thumb muscles via hyperextension. In notification center, instead of having to hit the "Today" and "Notifications" buttons, you can just swipe to the right or left respectively and have it switch tabs. Apologies if anyone was already aware of this navigation device already, but I only just stumbled upon it and I'm sure it'll be even more useful on the new generation iPhones.
 
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mastercheif91

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 7, 2011
127
18
Holding my iPad mini in one hand today, thought to myself "Damn, why isn't double tapping on the home button doing anything!". I would even take a triple press to reachability on the iPad, it's better than not having it at all...
 

macduke

macrumors G4
Jun 27, 2007
10,821
14,437
Central U.S.
I wish that they could make it more like a swipe gesture on the button itself. Swipe down to have the screen slide down, swipe right to have it move right, etc. Sometimes on my Plus I have to reach something way on the other side (and I only have one hand available) and my thumb just can't quite make it, especially comfortably or without causing the grip on my phone to loosen considerably.
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
48,130
16,778
Not exactly related to "reachability", but I just discovered another shortcut that might help one avoid pull their thumb muscles via hyperextension. In notification center, instead of having to hit the "Today" and "Notifications" buttons, you can just swipe to the right or left respectively and have it switch tabs. Apologies if anyone was already aware of this navigation device already, but I only just stumbled upon it and I'm sure it'll be even more useful on the new generation iPhones.
Something they introduced back in iOS 7 actually. Certainly useful, although can be a bit trickier in iOS 8 now that swiping on notifications in different directions does a bit more than it used to.
 
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