Android

Pro tip: Enable one-handed mode on the LG G3

Looking for an easier way to type with one hand on your LG G3 smartphone? Jack Wallen shows you how to enable one-handed operation.

One-handed Android

The LG G3 is a sizable smartphone. For someone with hands my size, using a device of that stature with one hand doesn't make a lot of sense. For others, however, the ability to make use of LG G3's one-handed mode is a great way to make the device more efficient.

If you're unfamiliar with the LG G3 one-handed mode, what it does is align the keyboard, dialer, and PIN pad according to either left- or right-handed needs. The one-handed operation includes the ability to switch which hand it is optimized for. By tapping an arrow, you can switch from left- to right-handed usage.

This feature is very easy to set. You can also easily define which features you want to enable for one-handed usage. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open up Settings
  2. Go to the General tab
  3. Locate and tap One-handed operation
  4. Tap to enable the features you want (Figure A)
  5. Tap the home button to return to your home screen

Figure A

Figure A

Setting one-handed operation on a Verizon-branded LG G3.

The one caveat to one-handed operation is that, in the case of the keyboard, the keys do shrink a bit (Figure B). So, if having smaller keys causes you no end of frustration, you might want to keep the LG Keyboard disabled.

Figure B

Figure B

The LG keyboard in one-handed mode.

I will say that typing with one hand in one-handed mode is actually quite a bit easier. You can keep your device held securely in your hand and don't have to twist your thumb into a pretzel to reach the keys nearest your hand. If you're looking for a better way to work with your LG G3 while on the go, give one-handed operation a try and see if it doesn't work for you.

Do you find the standard Android input methods acceptable? Or do you scrap the defaults and use custom keyboards or even speech-to-text input? Tell us how you communicate with your Android in the discussion thread below.

About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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