You’ll want to unlock that hidden trackpad on your iPhone

Access the hidden trackpad feature of iPhone in a few simple steps.

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Whether you have a iPhone Where iPadyour apple device is stuffed with neat features. There are SharePlaywhich lets you watch movies with friends over FaceTime, and To concentrate, which disables notifications to help you focus, to name a few. Although some features are easy to find in your settings appother neat iOS tricks are hidden, like your keyboard’s secret touchpad.

Usually, when writing a long text message or email, you hold your finger on the screen to move the cursor to any text box you want to delete, rewrite, or edit. A magnifying bubble appears under your fingertip when you do so, 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.

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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 becomes empty. 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, iOS 15 Settings You Need to Change 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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