iOS keyboard: Learn how to type on iOS 13 and iPadOS

Typing in iOS is pretty self-explanatory, but a few tricks are easy to miss, especially the new ones in iOS 13. The keyboard gets even better in iOS 13 with the landing of a Swipe-style QuickPath typing system. Previously, we could use Swype, a convenient to use app which enabled us to ‘type’ by dragging a finger around the keybaord, but that add was discontinued back in 2018. Now a similar functionality is coming to iPhone, which should speed up our typing experience.

additional useful  Brand new feature in iOS 13 is alternative word suggestions, that could assist users sound more eloquent when they write their messages.

In addition, new cut, copy and paste gestures simplifies The process of entering text on your iPhone in iOS 13. You could either pinch up with three fingers to copy, or pinch up with three fingers two times to cut. To paste simply pinch down with threev fingers.

And in case you are embarrassed each and every time you have to shake your phone in public to undo something you will appreciate the IOS 13 undo gesture – undo with a a three-finger swipe to the left and redo by swiping three fingers to the right.

To learn about special features of the

iPad keyboard, see

Keyboarding on the iPad


Learn Text-Editing Basics

Typing in iOS and iPadOS is largely self-explanatory, but editing text isn’t always obvious, and iOS and iPadOS 13 have rethought how text editing works.

Here are the basics:

  1. Display the insertion point: Tap in a text area where you want the cursor placed.
  2. Move the insertion point: Tap where you want to type or place a finger on the insertion point and drag it where you want to go. While dragging the insertion
    point, it’ll grow extra large and hover near your fingertip.
  3. Select text: Double-tap to select a single word. Without lifting your finger, you can drag it to continue selecting text. Triple-tap to select an entire
    line or quadruple-tap to select a paragraph. After text is selected, you can drag the handles to shrink or expand the expansion
    After selecting text, move the handles on each end to adjust the selection.
  4. Tip: When you double-tap things like phone numbers and email addresses, they will be intelligently selected.

  5. Copy text: With text selected, pinch in with three fingers. You’ll see Copy appear at the top of the screen.
  6. Cut text: With text selected, pinch in once with three fingers to copy, and then again to cut. You’ll see Cut appear at the top of the screen.
  7. Paste text: Move the insertion point to where you want to paste text and then pinch out with three fingers.
  8. Undo and redo: Swipe from right to left with three fingers to undo the last action and swipe with three fingers from left to right to redo the last action.
  9. Special characters: Typing special characters, like è or ü, is easy in iOS. Touch and hold the base letter on the keyboard—for example, e for è—until
    a popover appears, then tap the character you want to type.

Save Time Typing

Typing on a piece of glass can be frustrating, but iOS includes some features that make working with text faster:

  • QuickType: As you type, the QuickType bar suggests words. Tap one to insert it QuickType can also suggest things like emojis, names, phone
    numbers, and places. If you have multiple language keyboards enabled, it can also suggest words in those languages.
  • The QuickType bar helps you quickly complete words.

  • QuickPath: New to iOS and iPadOS 13, you can now swipe over the letters on the keyboard to type words. Place your finger on the first letter of the word,
    drag your finger to the second letter, and so on. Lift your finger after you reach the last letter of the word and the keyboard inserts the word it thinks
    you meant, with alternatives displayed in the QuickType bar.
  • Note: QuickPath doesn’t work with the regular or split iPad keyboards, but it does work with the floating keyboard. See
    Shrink the iPad Keyboard

  • Text replacement: You can enter commonly used bits of text, such as your email address, by typing only a few characters. For example, I’ve created a
    shortcut where, when I type gm , it’s replaced with GeeksModo.
    To create a new shortcut, tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tap the plus button in the upper-right corner. In the Phrase field,
    type the text you want to be entered; in Shortcut, type a shortcut for it. Tap Save.

About Universal Clipboard

The Universal Clipboard feature of macOS 10.12 Sierra or later and iOS 10 or later syncs your clipboard between Handoff-capable devices, so if you copy

something on your iPhone, you can then paste it on your Mac or iPad. Items on the Universal Clipboard expire after 2 minutes.

If you can’t make Universal Clipboard work, check that your sending and receiving devices each meet the system requirements and go through the

Set Up Handoff


Dictate Text

iOS lets you dictate text using your device’s microphone. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure Enable Dictation is enabled in Settings > General > Keyboards.
  2. Tap where you want your text to go.
  3. On the keyboard, tap the Dictate key.
  4. If you have multiple language keyboards enabled, tap the globe icon to switch between dictation languages.
  5. Talk. Be sure to explicitly speak punctuation and spaces (for example, “Hi comma Tony period”).
  6. Tap the keyboard icon when you’re done.

Note: Each word is typed as soon as it is recognized, so you can quickly spot mistakes. Unfortunately, you can’t delete or edit text using dictation—saying

“delete” or “backspace” types those words.

Type Other Languages and Emojis

You can type in multiple languages in iOS. To add a new keyboard, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards, tap Add New Keyboard. To remove a keyboard

from the list, swipe left on it and tap Delete. Tap the globe key to switch between languages. Alternatively, touch and hold the globe key to see all

available keyboards.

One additional keyboard that’s enabled by default is Emoji. Emojis are small pictographs. With emojis, for example, instead of typing a colon, hyphen,

and parenthesis 🙂 to indicate a smile, you can type a cute smiley face ! If the only other keyboard you have enabled is Emoji, it’ll display as a smiley

face instead of a globe .

Tip: The QuickType bar can suggest emojis for you so you don’t have to scroll through the enormous wall of emojis. Try typing 100 , bacon , clown , and

pizza to get an idea of how it works.

Type One-Handed

On the iPhone and iPod touch, when you touch and hold the globe or emoji key, you see three icons used to adjust the keyboard’s position


Tapping one of those icons shifts the keyboard’s position, so if you tap the right-hand button, it shifts the keyboard to the right so you can easily

access all the keys with your right hand

With the keyboard pushed to the right, the keys are easier to access with your right hand.

You can also set the keyboard’s orientation in Settings > General > Keyboard > One Handed Keyboard.

Autofill Passwords

iOS can manage passwords for websites and apps, or help you fill in passwords from your favorite password management app.

To set up iOS’s password AutoFill to use a third-party app, go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > AutoFill Passwords and turn on whichever apps you’d

like to access passwords from, such as 1Password or LastPass. If you don’t have one of these apps, iCloud Keychain is always an option.

Here’s how to autofill passwords with the keyboard:

  1. When logging into an app, tap a login field. If you see a login in the QuickType bar, tap it to insert it (
    Logging in to an app can be as easy as tapping an entry in the QuickType bar.
  2. If you don’t see the login you want, tap the key icon on the QuickType bar. If that icon doesn’t appear, you’ll have to enter the password manually
    or copy it from a password manager.
  3. After tapping the key icon, tap either a password, or a password source, like 1Password. When prompted, authenticate with Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode.
  4. iOS displays your stored logins, and places logins at the top it thinks are useful for this app. You can use the search box at the top to whittle down
    the list of logins.
  5. Tap a login to autofill it in the app’s login prompt.

Manage your logins stored in iCloud Keychain in Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Website & App Passwords. For more, see

Improve Your Passwords


Tip: To share a password from Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Website & App Passwords, tap a login, tap a password, and then tap AirDrop… from the popover.

Install Third-Party Keyboards

Does the iOS keyboard not do it for you? The good news is that Apple allows third-party developers to create system-wide keyboards that users can install.

To enable a third-party keyboard:

  1. Install the app containing a keyboard, such as
    , from the App Store.
  2. Open Settings and tap General > Keyboard > Keyboards.
  3. Tap Add New Keyboard.
  4. Tap the keyboard on the Third-Party Keyboard list.
  5. Most keyboards require Full Access to be fully operational. To enable it, still on the Keyboard screen, tap the keyboard’s name and turn on the Allow
    Full Access switch. An alert warns you that with Full Access, the developer can see anything you’ve typed. Tap Allow or Don’t Allow.

To switch keyboards, tap the globe key to cycle through keyboards, or touch and hold the globe key to see a list of installed keyboards. (This behaviormay change depending on the keyboard in use.

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