Let’s face the fact, Android devices are not getting any smaller and like it or not, we will have to get used to large screen devices. After being on iPhone 5s for a while, my wife is also having a hard time getting used to Android devices with huge displays. Many developers have addressed the issue and come up with features like one-handed mode to help users in such situations. But not all developers provide this option.
For the last few weeks, I was using the LeEco Le Max which has a gigantic screen of 6.33 inches and there is no built-in option to enable one handed mode. Rooting along with Xposed module can be used to get one-handed mode, but I didn’t want to root the device. Not yet. But then, there’s always an app for that and today we are going to discuss some that you can use on your Android device to help you navigate with just one hand without root access.
So let’s have a look at these apps.
1. Nova Prime Launcher with Gestures
While working with one hand on large screen devices, one of the major issues I face is to pull down the notification drawer to check notifications. Unless you have a professional basketball player’s fist, you have to use both hands to open recent apps and pull down the notification drawer.
Using Nova Launcher Prime, you can assign gestures to these tasks. I personally use the swipe down to open the notification panel and the swipe up gesture to open the recent apps. Double tapping on the home screen can also open the app drawer and these gestures really make it easy to work on the large screen devices. The gesture feature is available in the pro version and you can buy the app for $4.99.
Swiftly switch is another interesting app using which you can switch between recent apps and open the notification drawer. In addition to that, the app also gives you the option to use gestures to be used as the back button. Once the app service is enabled, you can just swipe from the left or right edge of the screen and then switch between apps.
You also get the option to open the notification drawer and go back in an app. Based upon your comfort with left or right-hand edge you can choose the edge from where you want to activate the gesture. The app gives you the option to add one edge with 5 recent apps, but you can choose to buy the pro version to unlock these limitations.
3. Swiftkey Keyboard
So we have covered how you can make navigation easier on big screen Android devices. The next thing to look out for is the keyboard, one of the major area where one struggles on a big screen devices. Swiping on the keyboard is one of the best ways to tackle this issue, but again, one doesn’t have fingers big enough to swipe the entire screen.
This issue can be fixed using Swiftkey Keyboard. On the keyboard interface you can open the settings using the menu located on the top-left hand side and enable the compact mode. This will give you a small compact keyboard on either edge of the screen making it easy to type using one hand.
So these were the apps I use on my big screen Android device to make it easy to work with one hand. These apps will be able to help you to a great extent but still you might find yourself using both hands in some situations while using apps which can only be tackled using one handed mode after rooting the device. However, if you would like to recommend any other apps with such features, do let us know.