Your new Apple device is filled with neat features, which includes the trackpad, which we will discuss in-depth here.
There’s SharePlay, which lets you watch movies with friends over FaceTime, and Focus, which mutes notifications to help you concentrate, just to name a couple. Although some features are easy to find in your settings app, other cool iOS tricks are hidden like the secret trackpad in your keyboard.
Whenever you’re writing a long text message or an email, you’ll hold your finger down on the screen to move the cursor to any area of text you want to delete, rewrite or edit. A magnifying bubble appears underneath your fingertip when you do, enlarging the text so that it’s easier to navigate.
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 trackpad that’s hidden in your keyboard, which makes it much easier to move your cursor and make edits to your text on your iPhone or iPad.
How To Unlock Your iPhone And iPad’s Hidden Trackpad
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.