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I've got Nexus 4 and not big enough hands to be able to fully control my phone with one hand. I've seen an amazing feature on iPhone 6 called "Reachability mode" (when home button is double tapped, whole UI shifts down to a thumb's reach).

Is there an Android app creating similar reachability mode? I don't have my phone rooted but I can do so.

For all the trolls: please don't write me 'buy an iPhone' not even Samsung, that's not the answer to this question.

Thank you very much!

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  • I can't find any like this yet, I'm sure someone will emulate it though as it might be a useful feature. It would probably need to be a full launcher, or at least something with access to do this to any window. It may not be something immediately feasible without root initially... I guess wait and see.
    – RossC
    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:47

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Actually, here is a research paper doing it on android before Apple implemented it, but better ;-) Go to minute 1:05 Backpat: improving one-handed touchscreen operati…: http://youtu.be/6obUW7uhWOk

Not that the platform matters, though. It's a usability feature for a form factor after all.

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  • Is it possible to get this or something similar somewhere?
    – phaz
    Sep 29, 2014 at 17:55
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You can do it with Xposed with One-Hand Mode module Premium (1$). I use it with tasker, so that a short shake activates the One-Hand mode toggle, and moves the screen 700 pixels down.

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