The Galaxy S5’s 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display is simply one of the best to ever grace a smartphone, but it doesn’t always make for easy operation with one hand. Samsung, having seemingly thought of everything, has included the convenient one-handed operation mode, easily accessed with a quick swiping gesture.
One-handed operation shrinks the display area to a more manageable width and height, making all areas of the screen easy to reach with your thumb. You can’t overstate the convenience of this, especially when you only have one free hand to operate your phone.
Enable one-handed operation on the Galaxy S5
In order to take advantage of one-handed operation, you might need to enable the feature under the settings menu. Do so by following these simple steps:
- Open the Settings menu
- Navigate to One-handed operation under Sound and Display
- Turn one-handed operation On using the toggle in the upper righthand corner
How to activate one-handed operation on the Galaxy S5
A simple gesture will automatically orient your phone for one-handed operation. The gesture requires a quick, precise movement and can at times be a bit finicky. Once you get the hang of this gesture, however, it might just become an essential part of your Galaxy S5 toolkit.
- Begin by swiping from the edge of the display toward the center
- Quickly swipe back from center of the display to the edge
- Repeat to exit one-handed operation
With one quick swipe that intimidating 5.1-inch display just became a whole lot more manageable, leaving you with complete access to all system features and functions. It’s so simple you might wonder how you ever lived without it.