How to Use Reachability on iPhone 11, iPhone Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Use Reachability on iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series might come with minimal bezels surrounding their display but that does not make them small devices by any means. It makes them easier to carry around in one’s pocket but these phones are still too big for one-handed use. Apple does include Reachability in iOS that helps with one-handed use. If you are coming from an older iPhone, you are likely going to be confused as to how you can enable and use Reachability on your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro.

Reachability is not a new feature in iOS 13. It has been a part of iOS for a long time now, though not many users are aware of it.

What is Reachability?

With Reachability enabled, the entire UI shrinks to the bottom half of the display to aid one-handed use. This makes it easier to reach the status bar and other UI elements located on the top-left or top-right corner of the display. This is particularly useful on large iPhones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max where it is difficult to reach the back button in apps which is usually located on the top-left corner.

On older iPhones like the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, one could enable Reachability by simply double-tapping the home button. But since the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro lack a physical home button, that’s not possible. So, how does one enable and use Reachability on the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro? Read our guide below to find out.

Step-by-Step Guide to Use Reachability on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max

Step 1: Enable Reachability from Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch.

Open the Settings app and go to Accessibility. From there, head over to Touch where you will find the option to enable Reachability. The feature is enabled by default on newer iPhones.

iPhone 11 Reachability

Step 2: Swipe Down On the Bottom of the Display

Swipe down anywhere on the bottom part of the display to enable Reachability. If you trigger the gesture in the correct manner, the entire UI will shrink down to the bottom part of the display.


Do you use Reachability on your iPhone on a regular basis? If so, how is your experience with it? Do you think Apple can further improve it? If so, how? Drop a comment and let us know!