5 essential keyboard tips and tricks for your iPhone and iPad

Back in the old days, typing on a smartphone looked like a struggle. Fortunately, we no longer live in that old days. Typing on a touch keyboard has become much easier thanks to new features and changes. The release of the Apple iPhone and iPad has made your typing experience less painful, thereby saving a lot of time and boosting your personal productivity.

There are many handy tips and tricks you can use to speed up typing on your iPhone and iPad, and in this post, we will walk you through all of them. Before moving ahead, make sure that you are now running a modern version of iOS. If not, update your device first.

  1. Trackpad mode on iPhone and iPad

If you now have an iPhone 6s or later, you can turn your boring keyboard into a track-pad, so you can navigate your content using your finger. To do this, you simply need to launch any app that supports keyboard and then perform a 3D Touch firm press anywhere on the keyboard. Your keyboard will then turn into a makeshift track-pad.

On the iPad, there is a similar track-pad mode, but process of enabling it is slightly different. To do this, open up the keyboard within a supported app and then swipe left or right with two fingers to enable the track-pad mode.

  1. Text Replacement

Text Replacement is a great addition to Apple’s mobile operating system. Basically, the feature allows you to turn your text shortcuts into complete phrase. This comes in handy for those who want to type the same thing on their iPhone and iPad.

Text Replacement is not enabled by default, meaning that you need to activate it. To do this, launch the Settings app from your home screen. After that, select General, tap on Keyboard and hit Text Replacement. Once you are in, you simply need to tap on the Plus button to add a new shortcut.

  1. Shake your phone to undo

If this is the first time you have been aware of this feature, well you are not alone out there. Shake to Undo has been available for a while, but it is hidden from your sight. As the name suggests, the feature lets you undo a typing mistake on your iPhone and iPad, and all you need to do is shake your device.

  1. Speak your text messages

Starting with iOS 8, you can compose a new message using your voice, instead of writing thanks to Apple’s real time voice-to-text feature. This is a great feature, especially if you want to keep your hands busy with other tasks. To use the feature, you simply need to open a keyboard-supported app like Notes or Messages. Once you are in, fire up the keyboard then hit the Microphone icon and speak.

  1. Look up word definitions

The ability to look up word definitions in several foreign languages has been available since the days of iOS 5. In iOS 10, Apple has significantly improved the feature, allowing users to look up the definition of a word without even heading to Safari. To do this, you simply need to double tap the word and tap on Look Up from the list of options.

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