7 tips about the phone keyboard you may not know

Here’s another tip for iPhones only: If you type your message and then tap the emoji icon, you’ll see words that can be replaced with emojis start glowing orange. Tap on any glowing word to replace it with the corresponding emoji.

Edit text easily

Not only do you use your phone’s keyboard to type, it can also be used to select, edit, and navigate what you’ve already typed. Depending on the screen size of your device, this can be tricky.

A useful feature of the iPhone keyboard can help here: Press and hold space key, and the keyboard will turn into a trackpad. You can drag your finger across this trackpad to move the text cursor more precisely.

On Android, the equivalent feature can be found by tapping on the three dots at the top of the keyboard, then selecting Edit text. You can then get keys to move the text cursor and quick access to copy, paste and select functions.

Save time writing

Did you know that you can have your phone replace custom shortcuts with longer text strings? So instead of typing “be there soon” over and over, you can just put in “bts” and let your phone do the rest.

If you are using an iPhone, go from Settings to generalAnd the keyboardAnd the replace text. You can then use a file + (Plus) button to add new shortcuts. When you type these shortcuts, the alternatives will appear as corrections above the keyboard.

On Android, tap the gear icon at the top of the keyboard and choose dictionary And the personal dictionary. Choose your language, and on the next screen you can tap + (Plus) to set up new shortcuts, which appear again as suggestions above the keyboard.

Text replacement shortcuts can save you a lot of typing time.

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Use your voice instead

Another phone keyboard trick is to not use the keyboard at all, but to dictate text using your voice instead. You may find that it is a lot faster, especially in situations where you are not using your hands on your phone.

Activating the dictation feature couldn’t be much easier, whether you’re using an iPhone or an Android phone. Simply tap the microphone icon (below the keyboard on the right on iOS, and above the keyboard on the right on Android) and start speaking.

You’ll soon get the hang of it, and you can enter punctuation and other special characters as soon as you pronounce them. To get back to normal, tap the keyboard icon (iOS) or tap the microphone icon again (Android).

Switch keyboards completely

You’re not stuck with the software keyboard pre-installed on your phone: on both iOS and Android, there are many different third-party alternatives to choose from.

One of the most popular options is SwiftKey: Developed by Microsoft and available for iOS And the Android Free. It aims to see your writing style over time, making predictions and auto-corrections more accurate.

If you want to try something really different, give Freemium Typewise for iOS And the Android going. It uses a unique honeycomb style, with plenty of customization options, and promises to increase your typing speed by up to 33 percent.