Hands-on with iOS 11’s one-handed QuickType keyboard

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!