A nifty trick for iPhones and iPads makes it much easier to move your cursor around the screen.
You can bring up the hidden trackpad on an iPhone or iPad with a few simple steps.
Apple takes great pains to highlight all the biggest features that the iPhone and iPad have to offer, but there are always smaller yet useful features that users might not hear about — like the hidden trackpad that lives within your iPad and iPhone keyboards.
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.
The hidden trackpad in your keyboard should look like this.
Here’s how to discover the hidden iOS trackpad.
1. Anywhere you’ve written a block of text, bring up your keyboard and press and hold 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, which means 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
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