9 iPhone Key­board Tips and Tricks for Pow­er Users

Namrata Gogoi

iPhones are known for their versatility, seamlessness and their strong never-to-hang attitude, and the same can be said about its keyboard as well. Over the years, Apple has continuously upgraded the iPhone’s keyboard with a great predictive engine and myriads of new features — heck, they even let you add a one-handed mode.

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On the same note, we have assembled a list of iPhone keyboard tips and tricks for the power user in you. So that, a faster and more productive life is just a step away.

1. Trackpad Mode

Text browsing can prove to be quite a pain — the cursor will land at all places except for where you want. The 3D Touch trackpad feature, which made its debut with the iPhone 6S, makes text browsing fast and smooth.

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All you need to do is tap hard on the keyboard and slide it around. What’s more? This trick can be used easily to select or delete a row of text too.

2. Capitalize Words with Ease

If you are not using this trick, then you most certainly should. Just tap on the caps key and slide your finger to the letter which you want to be capitalized. This trick is certainly must faster than enabling the caps lock and then typing the letter.

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What’s more? If you are used to typing out in Caps (names, abbreviations, etc), then the Enable Caps Lock switch in settings will come in handy. From now on, whenever you wish to type in capitals, double tap on the caps key and type away.

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3. Shortcuts

Shortcuts aka text replacements can come handy if you find yourself writing the same stuff over and over again. For instance, the address of your office or an abbreviation for a frequently used word. All you need to do is head over to keyboard settings and tap on Text Replacement.

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Enter the abbreviations of your choice and save it. So the next time you have to use it, just type in the abbreviation and autocorrect will take care of the rest.

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4. Shake to Undo

Yeah, we all make mistakes and that holds true even when we type. Of course, a mistyped sentence can easily be wiped away by the backspace. But that would be too mainstream, right? After all, you are the owner of an iPhone.

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The Shake to Undo settings in the Accessibility settings helps in wiping out texts — you guessed it right, shake to erase. What’s best about this feature is that it works on both written text as well as copied text. A quite nifty trick if you want to make most of your time and style.

5. Enter Hostnames Faster

The iPhone keyboard fastens up typing with its variety of shortcuts and hidden features. A notable feature among them is the hostname or domain predictor. So, the next time you are typing an email address, just press and hold the period key and the popular suffixes like .com, .org or .edu will pop up.

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Now all you have to do is just slide up to the right suffix and you are done. This trick doesn’t work on every app, but certainly, goes for the kill in the in-house Safari browser.

6. Hide Quicktype

Predictions can both be a boon and a bane. Most of the time, it will come up with the right word for you, thus saving both time and energy.

But few other times, particularly if you are not typing in a known language (to the phone), it may present quite a few unwanted words.

At times like this, it’s best to hide the quick type menu for a short time. How do you accomplish that? Just tap on the tile and slide it down. Pull it up when you need it back.

7. Voice Commands

iPhone sure seems to abide by the mantra of hands-free. And if you want to abide by the same mantra while you type, all you have to do is tap on the mic icon and dictate away.

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What makes this feature absolutely brilliant is that you can insert periods, punctuation marks and even write sentences in caps.

8. Quick Currency Symbols

Looking for a particular currency symbol in the special character menu can be quite tricky. Often our eyes trick us in missing out the ones we seek.

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A quick and easy way is to just tap and hold the $ symbol and the rest of the available currency symbols will be made available.

The same can be said about the accented characters as well, just tap on a letter and the accented characters will pop right away.

9. Faster Punctuations

And if it couldn’t get any better, the keyboard for iPhone even lets you insert a period real quick. All it needs is just a double tap on the space bar. Simple.

So, these were some of the iPhone keyboard tips and tricks to make your typing experience even better.

Of course, there are other tricks such as enabling the phone in landscape mode or use third-party keyboards like SwiftKey or Gboard, but then we are looking to increase the productivity, aren’t we?

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An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelor's degree in I.T. and hails from Guwahati.