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How to enable the one-handed keyboard in iOS 13 for iPhone

How to enable the one-handed keyboard in iOS 13 for iPhone

*This option is not available on the iPhone SE.

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How to activate the one-handed keyboard
How to make the one-handed keyboard the default keyboard

How to activate the one-handed keyboard

  1. With the keyboard open, tap and hold on the emoji* icon. *This will be a globe icon if you have more than one software keyboard installed on your phone.
  2. Choose from the three keyboard options in the bottom row of the Keyboard Settings pop-up box.
    • Tap the left keyboard icon to shrink the keyboard to the left-hand side of the screen.
    • Tap the right keyboard icon to shrink the keyboard to the right-hand side of the screen.
    • To make the keyboard full-size again, tap the middle keyboard icon. You can also tap the arrow next to the one-handed keyboard to reset it.
  3. Your device will stay in one-handed mode until you change the setting.

How to make the one-handed keyboard the default keyboard

  1. Open the Settings app .
  2. In the Settings app, select General from the list.
  3. On the next screen, select Keyboard.
  4. On Keyboard screen, select One-Handed Keyboard.
  5. Choose which side of the screen you want to dock the one-handed keyboard, Left or Right. Select Off if you want to return the keyboard to full-width.

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