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People Regret Not Knowing This Simple iPhone Trick

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An iPhone trick is proving so useful that people are going crazy over it on the Internet. This trick allows users to easily edit text while typing.

Your iPhone has a hidden mouse pad

Usually to edit a text, one has to double-tap on the text they want to edit and then hold down the cursor to move it to the place where the edit has to be done. However, there is now an easier way to move the cursor.

This iPhone trick allows you to move the cursor the same way you move a cursor using a mouse, and this is what makes this trick extremely useful because iPhones and iPads don’t have a mouse. Further, the iPad and iPhone trick works on all major apps, including Gmail, iMessage and Microsoft Word.

To use the trick, you will need to hold down any key on your iPhone’s or iPad’s keyboard. When you do this, you will notice that the letters on the keyboard will vanish, and then you will see what looks like a large mouse pad. Now you can move the cursor to the block of text you want to edit.

Dragging the iPhone cursor has always been a hard task, no matter how good you are at typing on a touchscreen. The user’s thumb often gets in the way, but this trick makes life simpler for all iOS users, especially those who spend much of their time typing on their iPhone.

Here’s how this iPhone trick went viral

This iPhone trick is not actually new, but it has only just become popular. Much of the credit for this goes to Atlanta food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis. She shared this little secret, which she came across while scrolling through Facebook. According to her, finding this trick was like striking iPhone gold.

“I thought I was an idiot for never having discovered this gem myself,” she told BuzzFeed News. “My mind was blown. Literally.”

Brierre-Davis believes this new trick will help users correct typos easily.

“I could never get the cursor to go where I wanted,” she said. “I’ve even deleted a full sentence just to avoid having to go back and change a mistake in a word.”

She is not the only one to be blown away by this useful trick. Since she shared her discovery on Twitter, many others have been expressing similar sentiments, including Mike Isaac, a tech reporter for The New York Times.

As of this writing, Brierre-Davis’ tweets has been retweeted nearly 47,000 times and received more than 105,00 likes.

Other iPhone tricks you may not know

There are many other useful iPhone tricks that could make your experience using the device better.  For example, your iPhone allows you to zoom in on the screen by just double tapping an area with three fingers. To enable this trick, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom.

Another trick allows you to hide photos you don’t want anyone to see. To use it, go to the Photos app, select the pictures you want to hide, and then tap “Share” and then “Hide.” Your selected photos will be sent to a “Hidden” folder.

You can also easily customize responses when you are trying to ignore a call or are unable to answer. The three usual responses any phone allows you to send are, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now,” or, “I’m on my way,” or, “Can I call you later?” However, you can easily customize these responses to anything you want by going to Settings > Phone > Respond with text, and then setting the response you want.

You can also “shake to undo” a typo, which works similar to what it sounds. When you make a mistake while typing, just shake the phone a bit, and a pop-up asking if you wish to undo the typing will appear. From the settings, you can also disable predictive text so that you type what you want to.

Apple has added a new capability in iOS 12 that allows you to measure any object, including rooms, with an iPhone and no need for a measuring tape. Although the results are not 100% accurate, it does give you a good guess of the measurements with only a press of a button.