The iPhone’s hidden trackpad makes text editing easy. Find out how it works

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The iPhone’s trackpad feature can be particularly useful for people with large hands.

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Unleashing your full potential iphone ($1,129 on Amazon) or iPad ($439 on Amazon) requires a deep dive into the many features of the iOS 15. Some features are hidden in your settings, making them harder to find. Other times they’re hidden in plain sight – like your keyboard’s secret trackpad.

Typically, when you’re writing a long text message or an email, you use your finger to move the cursor back and forth to any area of ​​the text you want to delete, rewrite, or edit. A magnification bubble appears under your fingertip whenever you do this, enlarging the text for easier navigation.

However, if you find it difficult to move the cursor so precisely with your finger, iOS offers another option. In this guide, we will show you how to access the hidden trackpad on the keyboard, which makes moving the cursor and editing text on iPhone or iPad much easier.

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The hidden trackpad on your keyboard should look like this.

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How to Unlock Hidden Trackpad on Your iPhone and iPad

Here’s how to discover iOS hidden trackpad.

1. Wherever you’ve written a block of text, open up your keyboard and press and hold your finger on the space key until the keyboard goes blank. You should feel some haptic feedback and see the cursor increase for a second, which means you can now use the keyboard as a trackpad.

two. With your finger still pressed, move it across the keyboard to move the cursor, as you would on the Mac 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 to the text. If you want to move the cursor one more time, press your finger on the space key to open the hidden trackpad.

Check out the video below to see the hidden feature in action.

If you are interested in more iPhone tips and tricks, check out these iOS 15 Hidden Features Every iPhone User Should Know and how to unlock this iPhone hidden feature to identify songs quickly. And if you have an Apple computer, here are seven of the best hidden features for your Mac.

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