4 iPhone typing tips everyone should know

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.

34 Thoughts on "4 iPhone typing tips everyone should know"

  1. Harlene says

    Thank you for the information. I learned something new today!

    reply to Harlene

  2. Dave Hurlock says

    I’ve been going thru some of the comments made here and I’m not believing what some people say about CC. They evidently don’t have a clue about how cellular networks work or for that matter how to read!! The CC support team is awesome but they can’t make people READ how about how the plans work. It is explained thoroughly both on line and in the brochure. People, don’t take it out on CC because you don’t read!!

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  3. bruce says

    I want to add some apps but don’t know how to.
    Can I have a simple explanation of how to accomplish this. And what’s the cost is it expensive or what?

    reply to bruce

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We can absolutely help you with that, Bruce. Depending on your smartphone, all you need to do it visit the App Store or Play Store to start. The icon for the App store will be on the iPhone main screen, and the Play store icon will be on the home screen of an Android phone. Open that app, and you will then be able to search and download apps that you want. Many apps are free, so using them won’t be expensive at all. We can walk you through downloading an app to your phone, just give us a call at 888-345-5509. Once you get the hang of it, you can read our Apps of the Month segment on our blog for some recommendations. Thank you for the question, and we hope you have a great day!

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  4. Jeff says

    Consumer Cellular has the best customer service I have ever dealt with. Never a delay, never any excuses. The reason for my note is about the phones. Geting ready to buy my 4th in about 15 months., they are crap. The one time I bought service plan was told it wasn’t covered. Basically, if the thing doesn’t blow up in your hand ,it is not covered. Realize they have to keep phones inexpensive for client base, but this is ridiculous. Would think that anything new would last more than 3 months. I don’t work in a physical job, phones are not mistreated, not a lot of call or text volume. Very disappointed.

    reply to Jeff

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear that you’ve had a negative experience with our phones. We would be happy to help you find a better option, and we also have a variety of cases and other protective devices that can minimize wear and tear. Can you give us a call at 888-345-5509? Thank you for letting us know, and we really do appreciate valuable feedback about our devices. It helps us when selecting our lineup and allows us to find the right mix for our customers. Thank you for your comments!

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  5. Eva says

    Since I change my plan to consumer celular I do not a voice mail in my iPhone Apple 3G. I have this service before w/Att.
    any Advise?

    reply to Eva

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Eva. Your Consumer Cellular account does have voicemail, but you will need to complete the setup process first. To get started, start by selecting the number 1 on your dialpad, then press the green phone. This will take you to the voicemail system, and you can follow the prompts to create a passcode and record a message. If you run into any issues, we would be happy to assist you at 888-345-5509. Thank you for the question, and we hope you have a great day!

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  6. Chris says

    We don’t use nearly as many texts or calls as data. Why can’t we have reduced costs for the first two and more data usage? Is this clear? We read and play games a lot and have run out of data space for the two months we have been a part of Consumer Cellular. Any suggestions?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out, Chris. I see that you are both using the iPhone 6 Plus, a great smartphone option. The first recommendation we give to any customer who is using a lot of data is to make sure you’ve enabled Wi-Fi. This allows you to use Wi-Fi before using any data from your plan. To do this on your iPhone, open the Settings app. From there you can find Wi-Fi, and make sure the toggle is in the “On” position. Your iPhone will automatically switch to a Wi-Fi network when available.

      You can also turn your cellular data off, then only turn it on when you need to or if Wi-Fi is unavailable. Just open the same Settings app, then tap on Cellular. From there you can move the toggle to the “Off” position. If you run into any issues, feel free to call us at 888-345-5509. We’re happy to help!

      Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  7. Alice says

    I am wanting to know if you have a buy-back program from another provider? I have a 1yr. old Nokia ICon G4 Smart Phone. It is a good phone that has hardly been used at all. I would like to purchase the I Phone 6 plus if it not too expensive for me; also do you guys have Broadband for data plans? Thanks, and have a good day…

    reply to Alice

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Alice. We don’t have a buy-back program for our customers, but we do offer a very convenient EasyPay plan to purchase an iPhone. For the iPhone 6 Plus, you would just pay $150 to start, then $25 per month, interest free until the phone is paid for! Our highest data plan is 4GB per month, but we do allow tethering for the iPhone 6 Plus. We can get you started, either by visiting our website here, or by giving us a call at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking time to reach out to us, and we hope you have a good day as well.

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  8. Hugh says

    Ashley, I’m considering signing up for CC, but have a follow up on what Chris wrote about wanting a larger data plan. I live in a remote area and have service from one of the larger carriers. I use my phone to tether my computer. My data use is about 30 gigabytes per month for legal research and for streaming videos. I would reason my calling and texting are about average. Does CC have a plan that would accomodate about 30 gigs per month?

    reply to Hugh

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Hugh. At this point, we don’t have a plan that would accommodate that amount of data usage. We do support tethering on our iPhone models and some Android phones, but our largest plan at this time is for those who need about 4GB monthly. You can view our plans at ConsumerCellular.com/shopping/choose/plan. We appreciate you reaching out to us!

      reply to Ashley

  9. Lynne Letizio says

    How do I sign up for the blog?

    reply to Lynne

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, Lynne. You don’t need to do anything to sign up for the blog. Just visit ConsumerCellular.com/blog to get the latest news on our devices and service. We appreciate you taking the time to read them, and we hope you have a wonderful day.

      reply to Ashley

  10. Jim says

    When expanding your new cell phone selection, will you be upgrading and adding the Samsung Galaxy S 5 or S 6 Android Smartphones?

    reply to Jim

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Jim. At this time, we don’t offer those devices, but if that should change, we will be sure to let our customers know here on the blog or via our social media channels. Thank you!

      reply to Ashley

  11. Jewel says

    Can I use my iPhone 5C to access the Internet from my apple computer? I feel there may be several ways to do it but I have not been able to figure it out!

    reply to Jewel

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Jewel! It sounds like you are asking about using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. We do offer this service to our iPhone customers, we just need to have you call us to set it up. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we can assist you. We do caution you that using your phone as a hotspot can result in unexpectedly high data usage, so we recommend that you use it sparingly. Thank you again for taking the time to comment, and we look forward to helping you!

      reply to Ashley

  12. Bob says

    My friend gave me his ATT iPhone 4g. Can I use my Doro sim card with this phone?

    reply to Bob

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Bob! If you have an unlocked iPhone used previously with AT&T, it sounds like it will be a good fit with our SIM card. The SIM card from your Doro will be too big to use however, so we recommend picking up our new All-In-One SIM card from your local Target or Sears store, so you’ll have the correct size. We can also help you over the phone at 888-345-5509, and get one on the way to you. Once you have the correct SIM card size, just give us a call and we’ll walk you through activating it. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for commenting today, and we hope you enjoy your new phone!

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      • Bob says

        How do I know for sure if the iPhone is unlocked? I would hate not even being able to use it once I get it.

        reply to Bob

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Good question, Bob. The best way to check is to try one of our SIM cards with it. If the phone is not unlocked, you will see an error message once you’ve inserted the SIM card. Your friend can confirm with AT&T that the phone is indeed unlocked as well. We would be happy to send you a SIM card to try, just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we can get one on the way to you. Thank you again for commenting!

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  13. Cindy says

    Where is the space bar on the Doro626?

    reply to Cindy

  14. allen says

    I’ve joined AARP recently, how do I get the discount applied to my plan?

    reply to allen

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      It’s quite easy, Allen. All we need is your AARP member number. If you give us a call at 888-345-5509, we’ll be happy to add it to your account so that you can start saving 5% on your monthly service and usage charges! Thank you for reaching out to us!

      reply to Ashley

  15. Linda says

    I have an iPhone SE and am currently a Consumer Cellular customer. I see that I can use my iPhone as a WiFi hotspot, but if I set that up, is it considered another “line” for which I would be charged another $10 or does it just create more data usage?

    reply to Linda

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Linda! If you choose to use the hotspot feature on your phone, it will not count as a second line. It will use more data from your plan, so we recommend that you use Wi-Fi whenever you can. We may need to adjust some settings on our end if you would like to use that feature, so please give us a call at 888-345-5509 at your convenience. Thank you for posting!

      reply to Ashley

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