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If you are left-handed, you don’t need anyone to tell you that we live in a right-handed world.

Although there are some gadgets that may make certain aspects of life easier, it seems as if everything is designed for those who have a dominant right hand.

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Most people understand the struggles of left-handers, especially when it comes to things like scissors or can openers. One thing they may not consider, however, is how difficult it can be for a lefty to use a cell phone.

If you happen to fall into that category and have an Android phone that is at least running Android 4.4, then you can swap your layout. That’s right, with a few steps, your layout can be swapped so it is going to the left rather than the right.

Photo: Max Pixel

Lifehacker describes the simple process. It all starts in the settings menu under the “About Phone” setting. Look for the “Build Number” and tap it seven times to enter the developer mode.

At that point, you can return to the main settings menu and go into Developer Options. It should be a new option that is now located above the “About Phone” menu.

Once you are in the Developer Options section of the phone, look for the box labeled “Force RTL Layout Direction” and tap it.


It will only take a moment for you to see if you did it properly or not. All of the interaction buttons and the layout should be shifted to the right. There may be some apps, however, that don’t play nice.

Of course, many left-handed people have become accustomed to using their phones in right-handed mode. That being said, this simple switch may be a life-changer for many lefites.

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