iPhone XR Struggling to One Hand with Plus and XS size screens

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  1. automan98, Oct 21, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018

    automan98 macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    I just acquired a XS (not the Max). I frequently use one hand with my iPhones with a popsocket. I find that no matter where I put the popsocket I can no longer effectively navigate the screen with one hand. I tried using Reachability feature and that's a big of a pain to activate every time. Any other one handers find the same thing with these larger screens?
  2. theanimala macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2007
    Pics of your XR since it’s not available yet?
  3. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    So don't buy a phone that you can't use properly.
  4. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    I’m going to propose a radical solution: use two hands. It’s been working well for me. If I’m using one hand it’s because my Max is pinned against my chest or in the cradle in my car. Otherwise, two hands.

    Also, what’s a popsocket?
  5. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    I'm assuming you mean Xs. The Xr isn't out until Friday.
  6. davedvdy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2011

    I've been waiting for Josh and all the XR advocates to prove what they want to about this iPhone lol..
  7. Kulfon macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2013
  8. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    I'd respond to that but I have no clue what you're even saying here.
  9. davedvdy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2011
    Nothing to attack to just curious about the display, I'm very interested to see this when it comes out :)
  10. Kram Sacul macrumors 6502

    Kram Sacul

    Jan 10, 2018
    Southern California
    The Xr and Xs Max aren't meant for one handed use. They're basically phablets. Heck, even the X and Xs aren't good with one hand. As long as phone screens get bigger and app devs continue to put buttons and poorly designed hamburger menus near the top of the screen then this will continue to be a problem.
  11. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    If it sucks, you'll hear it from me day 1. I will not keep an 800 dollar phone with a terrible screen.
  12. davedvdy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2011
    LOL I believe you :)
  13. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I know. Heck, I was quite upset that I cannot operate the 12.9" iPad with one hand! Ridiculous! Fire Tim Cook!

  14. davedvdy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2011
    I can easily one hand a Max. I get that some can't though LOLOL
    I can clear the screen EASILY with one hand.
  15. Absrnd macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    I never have any trouble with big screens, I seem to have 2 hands available :)
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It’s a tool that attaches back to the iPhone or an iPhone case, that extends out like an accordion where the user can place their fingers between it to hold it more comfortably one-handed. When the user is no longer using the pop socket, they just push it back in and it lies flat with the iPhone.

  17. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    I think the X/XS are actually pretty good compromise on screen size vs one handed use. My previous phone was a Oneplus 3 which was just about the max physical size I could handle with a 16:9 5.5" screen. I knew I would have trouble with these new bezelless screens if I went with a similar sized device so I got the XS. I use it one handed most of the time and it works pretty well.

    XR and XS Max are not for me because they are just too damn big and that extra screen space doesn't really give much benefit for anything but video/photo viewing or games.
  18. mib1800 Suspended

    Sep 16, 2012
    It shouldn't be such big deal. Surely it can be solved with a gesture app like what I use on my note9. It is a breeze using my note 9 one handed by swiping in from right edge (straight, diagonal up, diagonal down) giving a total of 6 possible gesture coomands)
  19. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    I like the Note 9 one-handed mode better than Apple's Reachability feature. You have to constantly re-enable reachability if you need to do multiple things at the top of the phone. I hope they improve things like this in iOS 13.
  20. digitalexplr macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2016
    Central Missouri
    Still waiting for pictures of the not available XR.
  21. automan98 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    My bad on the title and message. I corrected message. Is there a way to update title?
  22. green86 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    Try using it longer. It took me a week to reliably invoke it.
  23. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Do you not have 2hands?
  24. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
  25. bogart71 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2018
    It hasn’t occurred to you that the original poster might possibly be an amputee or have a physical disability preventing two hand typing. Probably not, but if so, your post is very condescending.

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