It is very likely that in your day you spend more time writing on your iPhone than on your Mac or PC. That is why we have decided to make this article in which we tell you
Tips and tricks that will make your life easier when using the keyboard of your iPhone.
We cover all aspects: from several methodologies to accelerate the writing on your iPhone, to how to find several symbols and punctuation marks, and ways to increase or decrease the size of the keyboard. Read on to know more.
Write with swipe
One of the novelties that came to all iPhones with the new version of iOS 13 is the possibility of using the keyboard mode swipe, known as the sliding keyboard that is activated by default.
Previously, if as an iPhone user you wanted to use it, you had to resort to the installation of third-party applications with which to enable it, something that those older iPhone users who do not support iOS 13 will have to resort to. Check if your iPhone is compatible with the new iOS 13.
To use the new function of swipe Supported by iOS 13 and known as QuickPath, you simply slide your finger over the keys you normally press, without having to lift it to go from one key to another. You see the words form.
It is not proven to be faster than writing with your fingers, but it really has many benefits, such as being able to handle the mobile with one hand, instead of having to use your thumbs of both hands.
The iPhone seems to know in a magical way what you are trying to write even if you cannot spell it, so that it produces the correct spelling, although sometimes you show different words, but as a rule, the predictive system works very well.
To demonstrate that we are faster by writing with our fingers, we perform a test and find that natural writing is faster, something you are already used to, but with practice, you can always gain greater agility.
One problem is that if you want to delete a single incorrect letter at the end of a word, the system deletes the entire word. If you see that it is frustrating, you can deactivate QuickPath writing in Settings> General> Keyboard> Swipe to type.
How to move around the page with the cursor
In previous versions of iOS, assuming your iPhone had 3D Touch, you could hold down the cursor and then move your finger to the place where you wanted the cursor to be.
In iOS 13, this action is somewhat simpler, since you simply touch anywhere on the page so you can see the cursor and then drag it with your finger wherever you want it to be. There is no need to press on the screen.
Redo and undo
In iOS 12 and earlier versions, we are often seen shaking the phone every time we make a mistake. This is how you can correct words with a simple shaking movement.
It is still embarrassing if you are in public transport or in a public place, in addition to not always shaking it, you can undo the writing or erase the wrong word. This is something that also changed with the arrival of iOS 13.
In iOS 13 there is a better way to correct or undo errors (at least the ones you write). When you shake your phone to correct a mistake, you see a message that you can play twice with three fingers to bring up several options that include: undo, cut, paste, copy and redo.
Click on undo (the curved arrow) to go back one step and correct the error. You can also redo to regain some fragment that you accidentally deleted.
Use predictive text
This practical function shows a complete selection of words that you could be typing just above the keyboard, so you can play the word, instead of having to type it completely.
This is very useful if it is a long word or if you cannot spell it. Some people entertain themselves for hours writing messages by touching the predictive text suggestion.
If you wish to activate or deactivate the function, you can do so as follows: go to Settings> General> Keyboard and check the option to activate or deactivate predictive, as appropriate.
Use text shortcuts
If there are words or even phrases that you often handle, you can configure shortcuts so you can write something shorter and automatically expand it to the longest phrase. For example, we write MW and it automatically expands to Macworld.
It is possible to add them through Keyboard Configuration as follows:
- Go to Settings> General
- Choose Keyboard> Text Replacement.
- Touch +
- Add the shortcut you want and the complete phrase you have to activate
- Now, when you want to type that word or phrase, simply type your shortcut and press Enter, or choose it from the automatic suggestions that appear on the keyboard.
Use your voice and don't write
If writing is not your thing, you don't have to. After all, many people have become accustomed to dictating messages through WhatsApp instead of writing them. Just below the keyboard you see a microphone cone. Click on it and talk.
See that your iPhone enters the text while talking. In general, it is good enough to transcribe what you say, although it may depend on your accent. Nor is he smart enough to respond to instructions such as 'eliminate that'.
However, it is very useful if you have your hands busy or prefer to convey a very long message and do not mind giving up the fact of returning and correcting errors, or even speaking in public.
This is by far the fastest way to write, since the phone transcribes what you say almost in real time, so you don't have to look for the right keys. We should really use this function much more than we do.
How to write capital letters
Although it seems obvious, it may have gone unnoticed and is something you appreciate when entering passwords with several letters in upper or lower case.
Press on the Shift key as you will on any keyboard and then press the letter you need (which will appear in mayscula). This will leave the first letter in mayscula and the rest in lower case.
If all you want is to keep all the writing in capital letters, press the Shift key twice to create a function of blocking of capitals and you can write what you need.
How to write symbols on an iPhone
To access the symbols and numbering of the keyboard of your iPhone, just press the 123 key. See how all the numbers appear on various symbols that are commonly used.
If the one you are looking for does not appear, it is probably on the next screen. In this way, press again on the key on the left which shows # + = and see that many more appear. You will find the backslash, among many other signs.
How to write accents on your iPhone
Similarly, you may have to write a diresis or some other accented letter on your iPhone. To do so, simply press and hold the letter in which you want the accent to appear and choose one of those shown.
How to change the language
You may need to change to a different language, so that the system does not use erroneous predictive words or constantly try to correct words that it does not interpret or mark them as spelling errors.
Open Settings> General> Keyboard.
- Click on keyboards
- Click on Add new keyboard.
- Now choose your language.
- After adding the additional keyboard, a new globe icon appears below your keyboard. Touch that when you want to change the language. The new language will be indicated on the space bar, with the possibility of jumping from one to another quickly.
How to write emojis
From smiling faces, to animals, food and drink, sports, travel, objects, there is an emoji for every action. To find the one you want, you can open the emoji keyboard by touching the emoji icon and sliding through the options.
You can also write the word you want the emoji to represent and see if the relevant emoji appears automatically in the suggestion box. Press on the emoji that appears and replace your words.
This also works for symbols such as copyright, for example. Type the word and the keyboard offers you the possibility of replacing it with the symbol.
How to add a GIF using the iPhone keyboard
You may want to add a GIF while writing. It's something you can do when sending an iMessage or exchanging WhatsApp with your friends or family.
- Within the Messages application, click on the icon that appears next to the text field.
- Now click on the Image icon (a red magnifying glass).
- You see a collection of GIFs to choose from, so that you can save yourself the writing of a long sentence to express what you want to convey.
Write with one hand
As we said before, you can type with one hand using the new sliding keyboard, although we don't really recommend it, since you are likely to overload your thumb.
Another way to type with one hand is to activate the keyboard with one hand. What happens when you activate the keyboard with one hand is that it moves to one side of the screen.
To activate it, press the emoji cone until you see three keyboard cones.
Click on the one with the arrow pointing to the right (or to the left depending on the hand you are going to use) and move the keyboard in that direction.
Make the keyboard size larger
The above setting makes the keyboard smaller than usual, but what if you want the keyboard to be larger? Maybe because you have big toes, for example.
There are several ways to customize the size of your keyboard to make it larger. Simply, try turning the phone to the horizontal position and this will make the keys look much larger.
Another way is in view of enlarged display.
- Go to Settings> Display and brightness> Screen zoom.
- Click on set
Your iPhone's screen will turn off for a couple of seconds and then turn on with the new, larger screen. To be honest, the difference with the screen size when you do this is minimal, but it makes other changes that can be useful.
Another option is to use the Zoom options in Accessibility. With Zoom enabled, you can enlarge the entire screen. You can even slide a dial at the bottom of the page to zoom in.
With this function activated, you can touch the screen with two fingers three times and enable zoom. Drag those three fingers to move around the screen.
How to mute iPhone keyboard clicks
To disable keyboard clicks on your iPhone, just go to Settings> Sounds> Keyboard clicks and turn it on.
If you really want keyboard clicks, maybe because you need to know that you have pressed a key, but you just want to temporarily deactivate them, all you need to do is mute your iPhone using the sliding side button.
This means that your iPhone will be silent, so you won't hear any calls or notifications, but at least, your iPhone will remain silent.
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