Use Your iOS Virtual Keyboard as a Trackpad

Learn how to manipulate the text cursor on your iPhone and iPad easily by using the virtual on-screen keyboard as a trackpad. Using 3D Touch on your iPhone or two fingers on your iPad you can move the cursor or make a selection.

Comments: 12 Responses to “Use Your iOS Virtual Keyboard as a Trackpad”

    Arnold
    3 years ago

    Fantastic tip

    Larry Wayte
    3 years ago

    Very cool tip. I hadn’t heard of that and it solves one of the quirks of iOS that has most annoyed me (inability to move the cursor). Thanks!

    Michael Bacon
    3 years ago

    Wonderful tip! I always have trouble moving the curser to an exact letter to correct something and often end up deleting back to the error. I will use this a lot thanks.

    Linda Lyn
    3 years ago

    My iPhone 6 did not work as the way you showing. I brought my iPhone in February this year is that means my iPhone don’t have that features your video showing?

    Linda Lyn
    3 years ago

    Gary
    You were saying that feature is in iPhone 6s and 6s+ please tell me how check that out. Thank you for sharing your knowledges.

    3 years ago

    Linda: If you have an iPhone 6, then you don’t have 3D Touch — it is for the 6s, 6s plus, 7, and 7 plus.

    Dunc Dempster
    3 years ago

    Maybe works in iOS 9, but how about iOS 10? Tried and tried but this Keyboard as Trackboard trick just doesn’t work.

    3 years ago

    Dunc: Yes, works in iOS 10 (that is what I am showing here). Which iPhone do you have? Remember it works only on the 6s, 6s+, 7 and 7+.

    Dunc Dempster
    3 years ago

    Using a 6S+ with iOS 10.0.2. 3D Touch seems to work everywhere else but not in Notes, Pages, Mail, or Safari for using as a keyboard trackpad. Is there some hidden, obscure setting I’m missing?

    Del
    3 years ago

    I have a new iPhone 7+ and I’m unable to get the keyboard to disappear by using force touch on the text in Notes or Mail (or any other app I’ve tried). Is there a toggle in Settings that has to be enabled for this to work?

    3 years ago

    Dunc, Del: Theere is a setting, in the Settings app, under General, Accessibility, 3D Touch. It is on by default, but check to see as maybe you turned it off and didn’t remember. You can also use the 3D Touch Sensitivity Test on that screen to practice.

    Lynn Hicks
    3 years ago

    Kinda almost makes the “smart keyboard” not so smart since the pressure finger controls don’t work.

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