The Best iPhone Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Typing on a tiny iPhone keyboard is always a challenge. While this may not be the most optimal experience in the world, you can make your messages, emails, subtitles, and tweets more accurate by making the most of your phone’s native software keyboard. While there are plenty of third-party keyboards out there that promise to make the keyboard more comfortable, Apple’s own standard keyboard offers some nifty movements of its own. Here are some tips on where to find them.

Custom fonts

IOS 13 lets you download and install custom fonts for further control over the look and tone of your messages. You can now add vintage, modern, formal or playful fonts to your documents right from your keyboard. For both iOS and iPadOS, you can install custom fonts by downloading certain font apps like Fonteer and Font Diner from the App Store, applying them to the compatible apps on your phone and managing them in the settings. These new fonts work through the app you plan to use them with. They are not compatible with all apps on your device.

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Smiley acronym

You can use the to access a variety of special functions for the iPhone keyboard Smiley emoji Icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Tap and hold for a menu with quick access to keyboard settings. You’ll see a list of all the keyboards installed on your phone, so you won’t be able to get to the Settings app. Most people only have their native keyboard and emoji keyboard. The iPhone app lets you add a keyboard in a different language, or even download a third-party keyboard from the App Store. You will also see keyboards of installed apps that install their own keyboards. If you have third-party keyboards installed, you may see a globe icon instead of the smiley face icon.

Smart punctuation

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If you want your text to be better processed in text form and easy to read, you can easily create smart punctuation like curly quotes and long (em) dashes. Smart quotes know which ending to curl up in the quoted material and that is why they are smart. When you type a double stroke, the keyboard knows you want it to be a single long stroke and places it automatically. One more thing: when you turn on point linking and finish typing a sentence, you can double-tap the space bar. Instead of two spaces, you get a period and a space.

Tap and hold for alternatives

When you tap and hold certain letters, a range of alternate characters will appear, such as: B. Accent markings where you just have to use your finger to pick the right one. Not every key has an alternative. Alternatives work for punctuation and even emoji too. For example, if you tap and hold an emoji on the emoji keyboard, you get different skin tone options and you can choose one for the default skin tone.

Emoji hunting

Sometimes it can be difficult to find exactly the right emoji that you are looking for to express exactly the right emotion for your message. While you can use a search term on a Mac to find a specific emoji, there is no text search box on the iPhone. However, if you just type the word in the message, iOS will automatically suggest the closest emoji. You can use the word, the emoji, or both. When you see one of the suggestions, hit the spacebar first. The suggestions stay there, and then you can tap one to have both the word and the emoji in your message. You don’t need to know the exact name of the emoji. For this to work you need to enable the predictive keyboard to see which emoji the keyboard creates in response to your word.

Tap and slide

For example, suppose you just want to add a single number or punctuation mark. You don’t have to point and tap each key individually. You can just tap number Press the (123) Key and slide your finger to place commas, colons, ampersands, dollar signs, and any number without lifting your finger off the keyboard. When you’re done, the keyboard will automatically return to its original state. This swiping gesture saves time and effort because you don’t have to reset the keyboard or manually switch back and forth. To add an uppercase letter, tap shift Swipe the button to the letter you want to add, then release your finger.

Left and right keyboard

When you tap and hold for quick access to keyboard settings, you’ll see two small keyboard icons on either side of the center, with tiny arrows pointing in opposite directions. Select one of these to change your input and choose one hand or the other. These symbols are only displayed in vertical mode. Choosing either icon will move the entire keyboard to one side. You can tap arrow on either side to return to the full size keyboard. This is especially useful for larger screen iPhones so that you can work better with your thumb.

Period as a domain name

You can automatically insert a domain address using the period key on your keyboard. Launch your mobile web browser or search engine and tap Address bar to access the keyboard. Enter the name of the site, then tap and hold the key Period Key. You will see a menu with options like .com, .edu, and org. Swipe to select the correct one.

Keyboard as a trackpad

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You can turn your keyboard into a trackpad by tapping and holding the with your finger Space bar. This allows you to drag your finger to move the cursor through your text. If you have a device that supports 3D touch, you can tap and hold anywhere on the device keyboard To invoke the Trackpad Action, the buttons become blank. This feature not only makes it easier to move the cursor, but also allows you to select simple text.

Check the definitions

You can tap and hold any word in your text document to do a variety of things on a word or phrase, such as: B. Cut, copy, paste, replace, bold, italic, underline, lookup, split, and indent or indent.

Text replacement

Replacing text is a native iOS keyboard feature that you can set up in Keyboard Settings. Go to Settings> General> Keyboards> Text Replacement To use short texts, replace phrases that you use all the time. So instead of typing “On my way,” you can type “omw” and the keyboard will type the entire phrase for you. If you sign “peace and love” on your personal letters, you can type “pl” and the keyboard will know what to say.

QuickPath Swipe

With iOS 13, Apple introduced a new gesture-based input feature called QuickPath, which lets you swipe from one letter to the next in one continuous motion, with Siri and machine learning making reliable predictions about the content. The Slide to the guy and Delete Slide-to-Type after Word Options in the Keyboard Settings are available for the standard iOS QuickType keyboard, while in the past you had to download a third-party keyboard like SwiftKey, Microsoft Swype, or Google Gboard to get a similar functionality. Go to Settings> General> Keyboard and activate both options. After that, you can just seamlessly swipe to enter iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Just tap the first letter, slide your finger to the subsequent letters, and the keyboard will record the word.


There are times when you can’t use your keyboard, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking notes or sending an email. This is where the practical dictation function comes into play. You can activate them by tapping Settings> General> Keyboard and switch on Dictation. You will receive a message to confirm that you want to. After that, whenever you pull up a document, you can hit the little one microphone Symbol and start talking. The function automatically translates your voice into text. Although there is no tab key on the iOS keyboard, all you have to do is dictate the tab key “Tab” from the microphone icon and automatically insert a tab into any document.

Hide the keyboard

If you’re in the middle of a document, the software keyboard will take up a lot of screen space, or if you need to check your text it will be annoying. You can easily hide the on-screen keyboard by swiping down from the center of the screen to remove it. Just tap anywhere on the screen to get them back.

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