The iPhone’s hidden touchpad makes it easy to edit text. Learn how it works

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

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

Usually, when writing a long text message or email, you use your finger to move the cursor and back to the text box you want to delete, rewrite or edit. A magnifying bubble appears under your fingertip each time you do this, enlarging the text for easier navigation.

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 hidden trackpad in your keyboard, which makes it much easier to move your cursor and edit your text on your iPhone or iPad.

To learn more, be sure to check out our best iPhone for 2022 and best iPad for 2022 roundups.


The hidden trackpad in your keyboard should look like this.

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How to Unlock Your iPhone and iPad’s Hidden Trackpad

Here’s how to find the hidden iOS trackpad.

1. Wherever you wrote a block of text, open your keyboard and press and hold the space key until the keyboard goes blank. You should feel some 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, move it across the entire keyboard to move your cursor, just like you would on your Mac’s trackpad.

3. To place the cursor, simply remove your finger from the screen. You can then use any of the other keys, such as delete, to make changes to the text. If you want to move the cursor again, press the space key with your finger to bring up the hidden trackpad.

Watch the video below to see the hidden feature in action.

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

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