How to Deactivate Reachability Cues on an iPhone

How to Deactivate Reachability Cues on an iPhone

Reachability does help on iPhones with large displays. But it’s also a big disturbance. I always end up triggering that damn gesture accidentally when switching applications on a newer iPhone. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.

If you are fed up and tired of Reachability coming in without you wanting it, or if you have hands big enough to make that movement useless from the start, then deactivate it.

Let’s check how. But besides that, I also want to go through a number of annoying movements and other features that you can set or get rid of for a better experience on the iPhone.

Turn off Reachability on iPhone

The option to disable Reachability is located in the Accessibility settings on your iPhone. On iOS 12 and earlier, you must go to iPhone Settings> General> Accessibility to access these settings. But Apple has slightly changed things with iOS 13 and beyond. So, here are the steps to turn off the Reachability movement on the iPhone.

Step 1

Open your iPhone Settings application. After that, scroll down and tap Accessibility.


Step 2

Tap Touch on Physical and Motorcycle sections.


Step 3

Turn off the switch next to Reachability.


And that’s all. Reachability is now disabled on the iPhone. You can finally switch between apps all you want without dragging the entire screen in the process!

If you want to activate the motion at a later time, go to the same location in iPhone Settings> Accessibility> Touch, then turn on the switch next to Reachability.

Movement and Other Annoying Features

The iPhone also has a lot of movements and other features that can disturb you out there. The following is not a complete list, but here are some that I find most annoying.

Haptic touch

3D Touch is not liked on the iPhone. You now get Haptic Touch instead. But if you find the Haptic Touch trigger too fast when pressing an item, you can actually slow it down.

Go to iPhone Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Touch Haptic. Set Touch Duration to Slow.


You can check whether the slower time duration works for you by practicing the movements in the image in the Touch Duration Test section on the same screen.

Shake to Cancel

Like Reachability, it’s rather easy to trigger the Shake to Undo pop-up box. If you rarely use this feature, turn it off.

Go to iPhone Settings> Accessibility> Touch. Scroll down, then turn off the switch next to Shake to Undo.


Movement effect

The iPhone is full of fancy movement effects. They help make things look good when switching between apps or making the application switcher visible, for example.

But after a while, the effect of this movement gets old and makes a lot of movements rather shaky to do.

Why not cut to the chase and delete it? I found my iPhone (and also my iPad) much sharper with this movement effect deactivated.

Go to iPhone Settings> Accessibility> Movement. Turn on the switch next to Reduce Movement.


Additionally, you can reduce the effects of movement when sliding back and forth between screens in the application – activate the switch next to Reduce Cross-Fade Transitions.

Control center

The Control Center provides access to many useful controls. But it can be accessed from anywhere – including the Lock screen. It can not only trigger these things accidentally, but also cause problems for the security of your iPhone.

To disable Control Center access on the Lock screen, go to iPhone Settings> Face ID / Touch ID & Passcode. Scroll down to the Allow Access When Locked section, then turn off the switch next to the Control Center.

You can then limit the Control Center to only the Home Screen – go to iPhone Settings> Control Center, then turn off the switch next to Access Within Apps.

Haptic Feedback

The iPhone provides haptic feedback when interacting with certain UI elements – such as the default date picker – belonging to the default Taptic Engine.

But having to go through this vibration every time I want to set a repeating reminder in Google Tasks, for example, the better for me.

Go to iPhone Settings> Sound & Haptics. Scroll down, then turn off the switch next to System Haptics.


That should disable those annoying vibrations for good.


The Reachability gesture doesn’t bother me on old iPhones with Touch ID. But the way it’s set to trigger on an iPhone with a very fussy Face ID. You can’t blame Apple. I can’t think of another location to implement the movement. But on the brighter side, it is very easy to be deactivated.

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