How to enable and use Reachability on iPhone in iOS 14


How to enable Reachability
Reachability makes even the largest iPhone models easy to use one-handed.
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Reachability remains alive and well in iOS 14 — even if you have an iPhone without a Home button. The feature, which makes even the largest iPhone models easier to operate with one hand, is super-simple to use with just a quick flick of the thumb.

However, Reachability is disabled by default, so you’ll need to turn it on. Here’s how to enable and use Reachability in the latest iPhone firmware.

In case you’re not familiar, Reachability slides the whole screen down the display in portrait mode, making the upper edges easier to reach. It’s especially useful if you’re wrangling an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

On older iPhone models, Reachability came enabled by default. You invoked it by lightly double-tapping (not pressing) the Home button. On newer devices without a Home button, you’ll need to enable it. Here’s how.

Enable Reachability in iOS 14

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Accessibility.
  2. Tap Touch.
  3. Tap the toggle alongside Reachability to enable it.


You can now invoke Reachability at any time, even inside third-party apps, by simply swiping down on the bottom edge of iPhone’s screen. To exit, swipe up on the bottom edge, or tap the top of the screen.


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