As our phones get larger, they get a little more cumbersome to use. Case in point: When the iPhone 6 Plus launched, reaching the top of the display while using the device with one hand proved to be very difficult (unless you’re Andre the Giant… or our EiC, Sean Aune).
To mitigate the obstacle, Apple introduced a featured called Reachability that would drop the home screen down so icons are easier to reach. It’s a handy feature when trying to reach icons on the top row.
Weirdly, Reachability is turned off by default in the iPhone X. If the feature is one you use a lot, you’ll want to turn it on as soon as you set your iPhone X up.
To turn Reachability on, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Once there, scroll down and tap Reachability to turn it on.
Apple’s decision to turn the feature off by default might be tied to the fact that there is no home button, which is how you activate Reachability on devices like the iPhone 8. To use Reachability with the iPhone X, there are a few ways to execute it.
Here’s how Apple describes it:
To reach items at the top, swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen. Or swipe up and down quickly from the bottom edge of the screen.
I find myself using Reachability quite a bit, even on a smaller device like the iPhone 7. So, I can imagine people will find it very useful on the iPhone X, which features a larger 5.8-inch display.
In addition to Reachability, the iPhone X supports a number of new gestures, which you can familiarize yourself with down below.