For first-time iPhone users, learning how to type on a touchscreen can take some time to master. That’s why we’re here to help with some simple typing tips that will make texting on your iPhone faster than ever.
Tap the space bar twice to end a sentence
Save time searching for the period after you finish typing a sentence. Simply tap the space bar twice to add a period and a space so you’re ready to start your next sentence. The phone will even capitalize the first word in the next sentence, so there’s no need to tap the shift key.
Tap the shift key twice to type in all caps
Want to type a word, sentence or whole message in ALL CAPS? Just tap the shift key twice and you’ll see a line appear below the arrow. Now you’re ready to type. When you’re ready to return to lowercase letters, simply tap the shift key once.
Hold down the period key to complete a website address
Rather than typing out “.com” or “.gov” to complete a website address in your internet browser, save a few seconds by holding down the “.” key next to the space bar. A pop-up window with the most common options will appear. Simply slide your finger on top of your preferred option to finish the website address, and then tap “Go” to visit the page.
Tap the microphone key to dictate a message
Have a long message to type? Rest your fingers and use the microphone option (located to the left of the space bar in the Messages and Mail apps). Just tap the microphone key once to turn it on and begin speaking. Your phone’s voice-recognition software will transcribe your speech into text on the screen. To enter punctuation marks, say “period,” “comma,” “question mark,” or “exclamation point” and your phone will enter the punctuation mark instead of the words.
Now you’re ready to type out messages like a pro.
Are you an Android user? Look for our next post where we’ll show you tips for quickly typing on an Android touchscreen.