Access iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus notifications faster

"Nobody is going to buy a big phone." This said it Steve Jobs in the year 2010, but he did not succeed. Whether we like it or not, the demand for this type of mobile that even Apple – although late – also got into the car of the phablets. He set aside the 4 inches to bet on 4.7 and 5.5 inch terminals. This happened in 2014 with the arrival of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since then, those of Cupertino have not put aside the production of two variants – in 2017 they were 3.

Now though having large mobiles have great advantages: larger area to enjoy content; To be used in professional matters more easily or to be used as an e-book reader, for example, it is also true that it has a great disadvantage: we will not always reach all corners of the terminal with one hand. The plus models of the Apple catalog or the new iPhone X have, at least, 5.5-inch screens; In the case of the iPhone X this size is extended to 5.8 inches. So, for example, reach the upper edge of the screen with one hand to get down the notification center, there are times when it is complicated. But, as always, there is a solution. If you find yourself in this situation, continue reading and you will see the simple trick we have for you.

You will be thinking about Reachability, but it is not the solution

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It can be a solution. Reachability is the way in which pressing twice on the "Home" button of the iPhone – in the iPhone X is somewhat more complicated – we will see how the content of the screen of our terminal is reduced by half and we will reach the highest part of the screen with the thumb (for example); that is to say, this function that you must activate in Settings> General> Accessibility and activate the function under the section «Interaction» that goes by the name «Easy reach», brings you to the upper edge of the screen so that you can interact in a much more comfortable way With the upper controls.

Now, as you may have seen, It is a way in which you must take two steps; that is, press the "Home" button twice and scroll down the screen to display the notification center. So, let's see a much easier way to get notifications to appear at the moment and in a single step.

AssistiveTouch comes to the rescue

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In an area as large as we have in the Plus models of the iPhone and in the iPhone X, occupying a minimum space with a virtual button will not be a problem. And is that activating AssistiveTouch we will have a virtual «Home» button on the screen. This is useful, especially in the iPhone X, because we will get a more traditional use of the terminal.

Well, and focusing on what interests us, we want to be able to get iPhone notifications appear faster and with few steps. The first thing you should do is activate the AssistiveTouch on your iPhone. This is done by addressing Settings> General> Accessibility and look for the section that indicates the name of the function.

Customizing AssistiveTouch to our liking

By clicking on it, in addition to being able to activate the virtual home button on our iPhone, we will have different customization options. And it will be here where we find the solution we were looking for: faster access to notifications on our iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus (It is also valid on the different models of iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus).

When activating the AssistiveTouch in our terminal we will already have the virtual button visible on the screen. However, we can do that by pressing it, we execute some option that we want. That is to say, we must activate the «Custom Actions» of the function. In this case, and as you can see in the screenshots, I have it configured so that when you press the virtual button once, the notification center of the iPhone appears on the screen. Pressing it again, it will return to its site.

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