Trouble Placing Your iPhone Cursor? Learn How to Use the iOS Hidden Keyboard Trackpad
This iOS hack makes it so much easier to type on your iPhone or iPad.
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The conventional method of tapping and holding your finger down on the screen to bring up a magnifying bubble can be frustrating when you can't get the cursor to go exactly where you want. Luckily, there's another way to move the cursor when typing in iOS, and it works even if you're running an older software version, like iOS 15.
Read on to learn how to unlock and use your iPhone's hidden trackpad.
How to bring up the secret trackpad on an iPhone or iPad
Here's how to discover the hidden trackpad on an iOS device.
1.Anywhere you've written a block of text, bring up your keyboard and press and hold your finger down on the space key until the keyboard goes blank. You should feel a bit of 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 down, move it around the entire keyboard to move your cursor, just like you would on your Mac's 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 in the text. If you want to move the cursor once again, press your finger down on the space key to bring up the hidden trackpad.