Large smartphones and small hands is a very commonly seen problem, but does that stop the users from using a large phablet or a smartphone with a big screen? Obviously no, because users are still okay with using their second hand for the scrolling of content and reaching the corners that cannot be reached with the same hand that is holding the device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a phablet with 5.5-inch Full HD display, and for a display that big, you won’t really be able to stretch your hand so much to reach the other corner. If you still wanted to get the most of it at times using the same hand, the MIUI 7 has a One-handed mode that helps reduce the area of the content available on the screen.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 One handed mode left

Here’s how it can be set up and how it works.

In your Redmi Note 3, go to Settings > Additional settings > One-handed mode

Here, you will be able to choose whether the phone should ask you permission before entering the one-handed mode, and also, choose the screen size to which it gets reduced to for a single hand usage.

The screen sizes available to choose from for one-handed mode are as follows.

  • 4.5-inch
  • 4.0-inch
  • 3.5-inch

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 One handed mode settings

Once you are done with the selection of screen size, you can go back to the home screen and to get into the one-handed mode, you’ll need to swipe your finger from home button to either the back key on the right or menu key on the left.

  • To have a smaller screen on the left side, swipe finger from home button to menu button in the bottom.
  • To have a smaller screen on the right side, swipe finger from home button to back button in the bottom.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 One handed mode right

To go back to the normal mode, i.e. full-screen mode, you just need to swipe the same way using which you had entered the one-handed mode. Or, an easier way is by just tapping anywhere on the empty area in the screen where the interface content isn’t present.

So, quite easy to do but you need to check which size fits your reach easily. Did you wonder whether the shrunk screen will be taken as a screenshot or the whole screen with empty area too will be a part of the captured screenshot? It is the former.



  • shiv shankar, Jun 9, 2016 @ 5:46 am Reply

    One handed not working in my redmi note 3 32gb mobile

  • shiva, Jun 9, 2016 @ 5:51 am Reply

    Oh wow its working. slide fast not as normally.

  • sunil, Jun 11, 2016 @ 9:14 pm Reply

    one hand mode not working on remember note 3

  • Arun Singh, Jul 25, 2016 @ 3:53 pm Reply

    Its working perfectly fine on my Redmi Note 3 32 GB.
    Its Really a useful information.

  • Naveen Prakash, Aug 24, 2016 @ 4:22 pm Reply

    Its work perfectly…in my redmi mi noye 3 ….nice function…

  • Ashok Dommeti, Oct 17, 2016 @ 1:29 am Reply

    Please note that this option doesn’t work if magnification gestures is activated. Other wise it works perfectly.

  • Muhammad masaood, Jun 21, 2017 @ 5:16 am Reply

    It’s not working in my redmi note 4
    I tried lots, but the result was same

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