iPhone: How to enable Trackpad / Cursor on iOS Keyboard

  • iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has trackbar / cursor built-in since iOS 12.
  • On this article, you’ll learn how to enable and use trackbar / cursor to navigate between the text you type.
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This is one neat iPhone tricks that unfortunately not everyone knows about this. So I’m writing this article with the intention to share this neat trick to all iPhone users.

Trackpad feature has been introduced to iOS since iOS 12, so any iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 12 and up should have this feature built-in. Trackpad is very useful whenever you want to navigate to anywhere on the text box, mainly to correct / add / remove some of the text you are previously typing. When trackpad mode is activated, your iOS keyboard will turn into a cursor where you can freely move it up/down/left/right within the text box.

Here’s how to enable Cursor / Trackpad on iOS Keyboard

Unfortunately, there are slight different step on different iPhone models. So ensure you check out the correct ones.

On iPhone with 3D Touch (iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, 7 & 7 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus):

Press and hold anywhere on the iOS keyboard. After 1 second pressing and holding the spacebar (and 3D touch is activated), the keyboard will be converted into trackpad (where you won’t see the alphabetical buttons anymore). Scroll up/down/left/right to move.

On iPhone with Haptic Touch (iPhone XR, all iPhone 11 & 12 models and anything newer iPhone):

Press and hold the Spacebar on the iOS keyboard. After about 1 second pressing and holding the spacebar (and you’ll feel the haptic touch/vibration), the keyboard will be converted into trackpad (where you won’t see the alphabetical buttons anymore). Scroll up/down/left/right to move.

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