While there are plenty of third-party keyboards that promise to make the keyboard more enjoyable, Apple’s own default keyboard offers some nifty features in itself. Here are some tips on where to find them.
Typing on a small iPhone keyboard is always a challenge. However, although it cannot be considered as the best experience in the world, you can make your messages, emails, subtitles and tweets more accurate by using your phone’s native soft keyboard in the best way. While there are plenty of third-party keyboards that promise to make the keyboard more enjoyable, AppleIts own default keyboard offers some nifty features on its own. Here are some tips on where to find them.
With iOS 13, you can download and install custom fonts for greater control over the look and tone of your messages. Now you can decorate your documents with classic, modern, formal or fun fonts right from your keyboard. For both iOS and iPadOS, App StoreYou can install custom fonts by downloading certain font apps like Fonteer and Font Diner from, applying them to compatible apps on your phone and managing them in settings. These new fonts work through the app you plan to use them – not compatible with all apps on your device.
Smiley face (Emoji) shortcut
You can access a range of special functions for the iPhone keyboard via the Smiley Emoji icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Touch and hold it opens a menu with quick access to keyboard settings. You will see a list of all the keyboards installed on your phone, which will save you a trip to the settings app. Most people have their own native language keyboard and only emoji keyboard. The iPhone app allows you to add a different language keyboard or even install a third-party keyboard from the App Store. You will also see the keyboards of installed applications that install their own keyboards. If third-party keyboards are installed, you may see a globe icon instead of a smiley icon.
If you want your text to look more word-embroidered and easy to read, it’s easy to create smart punctuation marks like curly quotes and long (long) hyphens. Smart quotes know which end of the quoted section to curl up. When you type double hyphens, the keyboard knows that it must be a single em dash and inserts it automatically. One more thing: If you turn on the dot shortcut, when you finish typing a sentence you can double tap the space bar and instead of two spaces you will get a dot and a space.
Tap and hold for alternatives
If you tap and hold certain letters, a series of alternate characters will appear – for example, accent marks where you have to slide your finger to pick the right one. Not every key has an alternative. Alternatives also work for punctuation marks and even emoji. On the emoji keyboard, if you tap and hold an emoji, you get a variety of skin tone options and you can choose one for the default skin tone.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the right emoji you’re looking for to express exactly the right emotion for your message. On the Mac, you can use a search term to find a specific emoji, iPhone doesn’t have a text search box. However, if you just type the word in the message, iOS will automatically suggest the closest emoji. You can use word, emoji, or both together. When you see one of the suggestions coming up, press the space bar 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 have 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 found in response to your word.
Touch and swipe
Let’s say you want to add a single number or a bit of punctuation. You do not have to touch each key separately. You can tap the Number key (123) and slide your finger to insert a comma, colon, ampersand, dollar sign, and any number without lifting your finger from the keyboard. When you are done, the keyboard will automatically return to its original state. This swiping motion saves time and effort as you don’t have to recalibrate the keyboard or manually switch back and forth. Similarly, to add capital letters, tap the Shift key, slide to the letter you want to add, and then release your finger.
Left and right keyboards
When you tap and hold for quick access to keyboard settings, you will see two small keyboard icons in the middle, small arrows pointing in opposite directions. Choose one of these, choose to use one hand or the other to change the way you write. These icons appear only in portrait mode, and selecting one shifts the entire keyboard to one side. You can tap the Arrow button on either side to return to the full size keyboard. This is especially useful for larger screen iPhones and helps you work better with your thumb.
End as domain name
You can use the dot key on your keyboard to add a domain address automatically. Launch your mobile web browser or search engine and tap the Address Bar to access the keyboard. Type the name of the site and then tap and hold the Dot key. You will see a menu with options such as .com, .edu, and org. Swipe to choose the right one.
The keyboard trackpad use as
You can turn your keyboard into a trackpad by holding your finger down on the Spacebar. This allows you to drag your finger to move the cursor in your text. If you have a device that supports 3D touch, you can tap and hold anywhere on the Keyboard to initiate the trackpad action; keys remain blank. In addition to allowing you to move the cursor more easily, this feature makes it easier to select text.
Check the definitions
By touching and holding on any word in your text document, you can induce a series of actions related to a word or phrase, such as cut, copy, paste, replace, bold, italic, underline, look up, share, and indent or indent. Replacing text
Text replacement is an iOS native keyboard feature, and you can adjust it in your keyboard settings. To substitute short text for the phrases you use all the time, go to Settings> General> Keyboards> Text Replacement. So instead of typing “I’m on the way” you can type “Yldym” and the keyboard will type the entire phrase for you. If you sign your personal e-mails as “Best regards”, you can type “Syg” and the keyboard will know what you want to say.
With the iOS13 update, Apple introduced the QuickPath feature to widespread use. This saves a significant amount of time because you can type entire words by swiping from letter to letter on the keyboard instead of touching each letter. Siri and general machine learning come together to predict what you type. To enable or disable this feature, use the Delete Slide Type and Type Slide options on the standard iOS QuickType keyboard. Before this software was introduced, users had to recreate this experience with a third-party keyboard such as Microsoft Swype, SwiftKey or Google Gboard. To enable both options, go to Settings> General> Keyboard. Then easily use swipe to type on iPadOS 13 or iOS 13. Touch the first letter and then slide your finger to the next letter. The keyboard will guess and reflect your word.
If you’re struggling and can’t type from your keyboard, it’s still possible to write notes or send emails. Select dictation in Settings> General> Keyboard and turn on Dictation. A confirmation prompt will pop up on your screen. After enabling this feature, you can click the microphone and speak into your phone, which will translate your speech into text. If you need to execute a formatting rule such as adding a period or using the tab key, just say “Tab key”; the tool will automatically perform the tab function, adding a dot or whatever command you give.
Hide the keyboard
We know that the software keyboard takes up a lot of screen space. If you are in the middle of a file or trying to read a text, the keyboard can be distracting and obstructing you. You can drag the keyboard to the center of the screen so that it does not obstruct your field of view, and tap it to return the keyboard to its normal position when you are done.