How to unlock the hidden trackpad on your iPhone and iPad – CNET

This clever iOS trick will make it easier to edit your text messages, emails, notes and more.
Unlocking this hidden trackpad is simple.
Apple usually does a good job at highlighting all the biggest features that the iPhone and iPad have to offer, but there are always smaller yet useful features that slip through the cracks — like the hidden trackpad that lives within your keyboard on iOS.
Usually when you’re writing a long text message or an email, you use your finger to move the cursor and go back to any area of text you want to delete, rewrite or edit. A magnifying bubble appears underneath your fingertip anytime you do this, enlarging the text so that it’s easier to navigate.
However, if you find it difficult to move your cursor so precisely with your finger, iOS offers another option. In this guide we’ll show you how to access the trackpad that’s hidden in your keyboard, which makes it so much easier to move your cursor and make edits to your text on your iPhone or iPad.
Here’s how to discover the hidden iOS trackpad.
1. Anywhere you’ve written a block of text, bring up your keyboard and press your finger down on the space key until the keyboard goes blank.
You should feel a bit of haptic feedback and see the cursor enlarge for a second, meaning you can now use the keyboard as a trackpad.
2. With your finger still pressed down, move it around the entire keyboard to move your cursor, just like you would on your Mac’s trackpad.
3. To place the cursor, simply lift your finger off the screen. You can then use any of the other keys, like delete, to make any edits in the text. If you want to move the cursor once again, press your finger down on the space key to bring up the hidden trackpad.
Check out the video below to see the hidden feature in action.
This iPhone hack makes editing text on your phone SO much easier. pic.twitter.com/gp5rCN3lyn
If you’re interested in more tips and tricks for the iPhone, check out these iOS 15 hidden features every iPhone user should know about and how to unlock this hidden iPhone feature to quickly ID songs. And if you’ve got an Apple computer, here are seven of the best hidden features for your Mac.

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