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How to Effortlessly Type on Your iPhone With One Hand

Nancy Messieh 17-05-2016

Let’s be honest. Figuring out how to type on your iPhone with one hand is a first world problem, but it’s one that a few app developers have solved.


Fortunately, there are two decent free options available for iPhone users: Blink [No Longer Available] and Word Flow [No Longer Available]. They both alter the keyboard in a way that makes it easier to type with one hand, they just each do it in a slightly different way.

How Blink Works

With Blink, the keyboard shifts over to one side of the phone and the keys are slightly closer together. When you first switch to the keyboard, it looks very similar to the iOS keyboard.

To switch to the one-handed keyboard, you just have to swipe on the second row of keys. If you swipe to the right, the keyboard will shift over to the right, and if you swipe to the left, it will shift to the left.

How Word Flow Works

With Word Flow, the default keyboard also looks similar to the iOS keyboard, albeit with a little bit of color thrown in on the default keyboard itself.

To activate the one-handed keyboard, there are two arcs in the top right and left-hand corners. Tapping on the arc and dragging your finger down will pull the keyboard into a semi-circle making it easier to reach all of the buttons.


If you want to type with your right hand, pull down the arc on the right side, and if you want to type with your left hand, pull down the arc on the left side.

Word Flow definitely beats out Blink in a few ways. It allows you to “swipe to type” much like the Android keyboard Swype, and the keyboard just looks slicker. Blink, on the other hand, makes it easier to delete entire words at a time, while both keyboards offer themes and predictive text.

If you’re not sure how to install new keyboards on your iPhone, check out our guide to replacing your iPhone and iPad keyboards The 10 Best iPhone Keyboard Apps: Fancy Fonts, Themes, GIFs, and More Tired of the default iPhone keyboard? These alternative iPhone keyboard apps offer GIFs, themes, search, and more. Read More .

Which keyboard do you prefer? Let us know in the comments. 

Related topics: iOS, Keyboard, Touch Typing.

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  1. Mark O'Neill
    May 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I tried this keyboard in the past, but it is not friendly towards users with big fingers!! ;-)

    • Aibek Esengulov
      June 1, 2016 at 11:23 am

      exactly what I thought when looking at the demo)