As previously suspected, and officially announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 11 provides a new keyboard feature making it easier to type in one-handed mode, whether you’re a right or left-handed user. It works on both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones and is easily invoked at any time via the keyboard’s Emoji key.

Andrew O’Hara put together a short video demonstration of this feature in action. Watch it embedded below, then read the rest of the article before meeting us in comments.

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To activate this  keyboard mode, tap and hold the Emoji key on the keyboard.

You’ll notice a trio of new icons lined up alongside the bottom of the menu. These icons let you move the entire keyboard either fully to the left or to the right of the screen so that typing with a single thumb is easier.

The keyboard shrinks exactly to the width of the keyboard on a four-inch iPhone.

To return to the normal-size keyboard, tap the Emoji key again, then hit the middle icon at the bottom of the menu. Alternatively, tap the arrow on either side of the keyboard to quickly get back to the normal layout.

What are your thoughts on iOS 11’s new one-handed keyboard? Do you think you’ll be using it on your iPhone when iOS 11 drops? Share in the comments section below!

  • Ralph Colyn

    I can’t get the left right options to appear, could you please assist?!

    • Paladin

      You don’t have iOS 11 yet. It’s just available in Beta today.

  • Paladin

    Worthless iOS update. We have four OSs now, iOS for iphone, iOS for all ipads except 12.9″ ipad pro, iOS for ipad pro 12.9″ (lacks features like flick keys of other ipad OS) and Mac OS. total fragmentation just like Android. Really wanted a decent keyboard with secondary keys on the iphone this year instead of crippled versions from third-party vendors, but it’s only going to be on the ipad (except the 12.9 pro)

  • HMM

    Idiots at Apple can’t u make an easy keyboard for iPad users. I can suggest for many a better features for iPad keyboard. But morons in Apple can’t think of them. Apple has become shit.

  • Alexander Lodi

    I just downloaded iOS 11 on my iPhone 6 and it does not have Keyboard Mode where I can shift the keyboard to one side or the other to do one-handed typing. Is this a glitch in Apples update or does the iPhone 6 not support this?

    • steveald

      It looks like it doesn’t work on 4.7-inch iPhones with Display Zoom set to Zoomed.