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How to enable the one-handed keyboard in iOS 14 for iPhone

How to enable the one-handed keyboard in iOS 14 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 Note: The Settings app icon may appear in a different place on your home screen than shown in our example, below.
  2. In the Settings app, scroll down and 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.
  6. When you are happy with your settings, you can return to the home screen page of apps by:
    • On devices with Face ID: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • On all other devices:  Press the home button once.

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