Apple’s inventory keyboard for iPhone has gone by means of many modifications through the years. Some have been important, and others extra delicate. Total, most of those updates have been pretty apparent, so that you’re most likely already utilizing them — however there are quite a lot of fascinating options that have been slipped in beneath the radar that you could be not learn about.

In the event you’re comparatively new to iOS, prepare so as to add these hidden keyboard methods to your typing talent set. Even in the event you’ve been an iPhone person for years, you are prone to be taught not less than one new factor about your on-screen typing equipment, whether or not that be in Mail, Messages, Notes, or some other app.

1. Change Between Numbers & Letters Sooner

Hate switching backwards and forwards between Apple’s alphabet and numerical keyboards? Subsequent time that you must kind a bunch of letters, numbers, and particular characters in the identical line or sentence, maintain down the “123” button, choose the numbers or particular characters wanted, after which let go of “123” to return to the alpha structure.

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2. Unlock the Hidden Emoticon Keyboard

Emoji is what everyone makes use of today, however let’s not neglect when emoticons have been used most of the time. In the event you ever wish to use any, it’s a must to bear in mind or try to determine learn how to kind the little emote icons out. However there’s a greater approach: the hidden emoticon keyboard.

3. Scroll By way of Emoji Sooner

You possibly can swipe by means of the emoji in your keyboard the great distance, and you may faucet the little class buttons to leap to particular sections, however you possibly can browse emoji even quicker with the hidden scroll bar. Simply long-press on any of the emoji assortment icons, then swipe left or proper.

4. Seek for Particular Emoji Characters

OK, this one is fairly apparent in the event you use emoji so much, however provided that you are utilizing iOS 14 or later since it is a comparatively new characteristic. To seek for emoji by title, key phrase, or descriptor, open the emoji keyboard as you usually would, then kind your question into the “Search Emoji” discipline up high.

5. Discover Emoji for Phrases You Already Typed

Rather less apparent than the emoji search device is the tap-to-replace characteristic, which has been round since iOS 10. Once you’ve typed out every thing you wish to ship, then notice you’d reasonably have an emoji or two in it, merely open up the emoji keyboard. Once you do, iOS will spotlight any phrases that match an emoji. Faucet these, then decide the emoji you wish to exchange it with.

6. Unlock the Hidden Trackpad

Since iOS 12, each iPhone mannequin has had a hidden trackpad within the keyboard. To seek out it, simply long-press on the spacebar till the keys disappear, then drag and drop your cursor to the place you want it. On gadgets with 3D Contact, you should utilize strain anyplace on the keyboard to unhide the trackpad.

7. Spotlight Textual content with the Trackpad

Talking of the hidden trackpad, there’s a simple strategy to spotlight textual content on the display with it, however the way it works varies relying on in the event you’re utilizing 3D Contact or not. For 3D Contact gadgets, as soon as you have activated the trackpad, let go of the strain barely whereas preserving your finger on the display, then:

  • Press once more to pick the present phrase or quantity.
  • Double-press to pick the present sentence.
  • Triple-press to pick the present paragraph.
  • Press once more to pick the present phrase or quantity, then swipe left, proper, up, or down to pick extra particular textual content.

When you possibly can solely use the spacebar to provoke the trackpad characteristic, place your cursor the place you wish to begin highlighting textual content, faucet one other a part of the keyboard with a distinct finger, then drag the finger that positioned the cursor left, proper, up, or down to spotlight no matter’s wanted.

8. Silence the Click on, Click on, Click on

When your iPhone’s not on silent mode, you’ll hear a click on for each keypress in your keyboard, however you possibly can quiet issues up with out silencing your complete system. Go to Settings –> Sounds & Haptics, then toggle the “Keyboard Clicks” off.

9. Ship iMessage Results Sooner

Usually I do not like utilizing iMessage results since holding down the ship button and trying to find the fitting impact is sluggish. As a substitute, I memorize key phrases I can ship as I kind out the remainder of my messages, and it will set off the suitable impact, corresponding to balloons or fireworks. There are a lot of totally different key phrases and phrases you should utilize in many various languages, so try our full listing to see all of them.

10. Cover the Keyboard

Everytime you’re typing, you possibly can simply cover the keyboard to see extra of the display behind it by swiping it down from simply above the highest of the keyboard. To unhide it, simply faucet again within the textual content discipline. You most likely already do that however do not even notice it as a result of it is so instinctual.

11. Rearrange, Take away & Add iMessage Apps

Within the Message app, you should utilize mini-apps to carry out actions, corresponding to discovering photos in your Images library, utilizing Memoji stickers, discovering GIFs, and extra. You could not have recognized that you would be able to add apps to the app drawer, take away ones you do not use, and reorder them so that they are organized the way you need. And whereas the drawer is not technically a part of the keyboard, it lives simply above it.

You could find new mini-apps from the App Retailer icon. To handle your iMessage apps, scroll to the top of the listing, then faucet the “Extra” (•••) button. Hit “Edit,” then toggle apps on or off, relying in your choice, and use the three strains subsequent to every merchandise to tug it to a brand new location. It’s also possible to delete gadgets from the “Favorites” part (crimson minus buttons) and add ones to it (inexperienced plus buttons).

12. Kind with One-Handed Mode

From the keyboard picker, yow will discover choices to maneuver Apple’s inventory keyboard to the left aspect or the fitting aspect, squeezing the keys just a bit in order that it is simpler to kind one-handed. How you discover the setting will depend on you probably have or haven’t got a number of keyboards put in, in addition to in the event you’re within the Emoji keyboard.

13. Use Diacritics (Accent Marks)

You’ve got most likely observed, however nothing occurs once you long-press most letters on the keyboard. Nonetheless, you are simply urgent the improper ones. You could find diacritics for some letters on the alphabet structure, that are glyphs added above or under the character that modifications how the letter sounds. These are additionally ligatures (mixed letters into one image) to be discovered!

a ⇾  à á â ä æ ã å ā
A ⇾  À Á Â Ä Æ Ã Å Ā
c ⇾  ç ć č
C ⇾  Ç Ć Č
e ⇾  è é ê ë ē ė ę
E ⇾  È É Ê Ë Ē Ė Ę
i ⇾  ì į ī í ï î
I ⇾  Ì Į Ī Í Ï Î
l ⇾  ł
L ⇾  Ł
n ⇾  ń ñ
N ⇾  Ń Ñ
o ⇾  õ ō ø œ ó ò ö ô
O ⇾  Õ Ō Ø Œ Ó Ò Ö Ô
s ⇾  ß ś š
S ⇾  Ś Š
u ⇾  ū ú ù ü û
U ⇾  Ū Ú Ù Ü Û
y ⇾  ÿ
Y ⇾  Ÿ
z ⇾  ž ź ż
Z ⇾  Ž Ź Ż

14. Use Different Particular Characters

Once you hit the “123” button to see numbers, punctuation marks, and a few frequent symbols, you can even long-press some keys to search out extra choices.

0 ⇾  º
- ⇾  – — •
/ ⇾  
$ ⇾  ₽ ¥ € ¢ £ ₩
& ⇾  §
" ⇾  « » „ “ ”
. ⇾  …
? ⇾  ¿
! ⇾  ¡
' ⇾  ` ‘ ’
% ⇾  ‰
= ⇾  ≈ ≠

15. Use the Caps Lock Key

In the event you’ve ever used a pc or smartphone earlier than, you most likely already know this one. Double-tap the caps button (the up arrow) to lock in capital letters.

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16. Capitalize Utilizing Shift Methods

In the event you needn’t capitalize every thing, you possibly can capitalize letters separately by hitting the shift button earlier than every letter you kind. However an excellent higher approach is to carry the shift key down, kind your letter, then launch the shift key. It is much like the “123” trick above. Nonetheless, an much more spectacular trick is to faucet the shift key, slide your finger over to the letter you wish to make uppercase, then let go.

17. Maintain Down Delete to Delete The whole lot

In the event you’ve tousled on a phrase, you possibly can hit the delete key just a few instances till it is all gone, however what occurs when it is an entire paragraph? Simply maintain down the delete key, and it’ll delete just a few characters, then begin deleting phrases, then teams of phrases, till every thing is eaten up. Nonetheless, you are higher off triple-tapping on a phrase to pick the entire paragraph, then hit the delete key.

18. Reveal Mail’s Hidden Toolbar

We have lined some Messages-specific instances already, however there are additionally necessary options in Mail you might need missed. For instance, there is a toolbar that permits you to change the font and format, add footage, take photographs, select information, scan paperwork, and use markup. To seek out it, hit the < image (left arrow) above the keys. This works in iOS 13 and later.

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19. Make Your Personal Keyboard Shortcuts

Head to Settings –> Normal –> Keyboard –> Textual content Substitute to create keyboard shortcuts you possibly can kind out to spell bigger issues. For example, attempt setting @@ as a shortcut to your major e-mail deal with, then @@@ as your secondary e-mail deal with, and @@@@ as your fourth most-used one, and so forth. You possibly can even make shortcuts for URLs, paragraphs, profanity, emoji, emoticons, and many others.

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20. Discuss to Kind with Siri Dictation

In the event you do not wish to truly kind something out, you possibly can allow the Dictation characteristic, which makes use of Siri to transcribe no matter you say into the chosen textual content space. To allow it, faucet the microphone icon on the keyboard, then select “Allow Dictation” on the pop-up. It’s also possible to go to Settings –> Normal –> Keyboard, then toggle on “Allow Dictation.” Now, everytime you kind the mic, Siri Dictation can begin listening and transcribing what you say.

21. Disable Swipe Typing

On iOS 13 and later, your keyboard defaults to utilizing “Slide to Kind,” beforehand referred to as “QuickPath.” Once you slide your fingers throughout the keyboard, you possibly can spell phrases, however generally you get extra errors than simply typing issues out manually. To disable this characteristic, go to Settings –> Normal –> Keyboard, then toggle off “Slide to Kind.”

22. Use Gestures to Undo Errors

The keyboard does not have an undo key, which might be good, however Apple baked in a strategy to undo issues anyway. Once you mess up, simply shake your iPhone. A immediate will present up the place you possibly can verify you wish to undo the error.

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On iOS 13 and later, you possibly can disable “Shake to Undo” by way of Settings –> Accessibility –> Contact in the event you do not prefer it and simply slider three fingers concurrently leftward to undo the difficulty straight away.

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23. Use Panorama Mode

In the event you’d reasonably have your arms farther aside, attempt rotating your iPhone on its aspect and watch the keyboard rotate with you. The panorama keyboard works on most iPhone fashions, because of updates to iOS. It even works on my second-generation iPhone SE!

24. Reset Your Keyboard’s Dictionary

Once you kind phrases and let iOS bear in mind your preferences, they’re saved into the keyboard’s cache. That approach, they’re simpler to deliver up later with Auto-Correction. Nevertheless it has a nasty behavior of remembering phrases you did not need it to recollect — even flat-out typing errors. In the event you’re working into points with auto-correct, go to Settings –> Normal –> Reset –> Reset Keyboard Dictionary, then kind in your passcode to verify.

25. Flip All Keys into Capital Letters

In the event you do not like how the keys change from lowercase to uppercase, you possibly can go to Settings –> Accessibility –> Keyboards, then toggle off “Present Lowercase Keys.” Any further, your keys will likely be capital letters, and once you hit shift, the one indication that you’re going to truly be typing capital letters is that if the shift key modifications colours.

26. Make Your iPhone Communicate Each Phrase You Kind

If you wish to be reassured that you simply’re typing what you are truly typing, go to Settings –> Accessibility –> Spoken Content material –> Typing Suggestions, then toggle on “Communicate Phrases.” Any further, your iPhone will say out loud every thing you kind.

27. Have It Communicate Out Letters As a substitute

In the event you’d reasonably it communicate out the names of particular person letters, numbers, and particular characters as you kind, you possibly can toggle on “Characters” from the “Typing Suggestions” menu as an alternative. You possibly can even add a delay if that you must.

28. Or Make It Communicate Phonetically

It’s also possible to make your iPhone communicate each letter you kind phonetically by toggling on “Character Hints.” It solely works on letters, and you should utilize it together with the “Characters” possibility. In the event you select the phonetic alphabet solely, you possibly can nonetheless regulate the delay. Apple makes use of the usual NATO phonetic alphabet, and the codewords are as follows:

  • Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Resort, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu

29. And Communicate Auto-Corrections It Suggests

With or with out “Communicate Phrases” enabled, you possibly can toggle on “Communicate Auto-text” from the identical menu to make your iPhone verbally inform you what auto-corrections and auto-capitalization it suggests earlier than you hit the subsequent key to enter it. That approach, you possibly can maintain off and retype one thing or decide one other suggestion with out having to pay 100% consideration to your keyboard.

30. Press to Hear How Predictions Sound

In the identical menu as “Communicate Phrases” and “Communicate Auto-text,” there’s “Maintain to Communicate Predictions.” With this on, you possibly can long-press something that seems within the prediction window. This turns into useful once you’re unsure how a phrase it desires you to kind is pronounced otherwise you wish to know what an emoji’s title is.

31. Make the Keyboard Seem in Zoom

In the event you use the “Zoom” accessibility characteristic in any respect, you recognize that it may well zoom in on a portion of the display, and you may transfer across the display utilizing three fingers. However typing is troublesome when utilizing Zoom except you allow “Sensible Typing” in Settings –> Accessibility –> Zoom. In the event you do not see it, be sure that “Observe Focus” is toggled on first.

32. Add & Use New Keyboards

We have already talked about including and utilizing Emoticon keyboards, however there’s extra than simply that. You possibly can allow many keyboards in several languages, and also you even set up third-party keyboards like Gboard. For extra assistance on including and utilizing further keyboards, try our full information on doing so.


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