When Apple released the first iPhone one of the major features the phone a hit was the fantastic keyboard paired with the responsive touchscreen. Since then the keyboard has evolved even if it looks more or less the same. Over the years neat tricks and features have been added along the way that make typing on a small touchscreen a much easier affair.
Quickly type web addresses
In Safari, go to the address bar and press and hold the full stop key on the keyboard to display a list of the most popular suffixes, for example .com, .co.uk, .org, and so on.
Enter special characters
Similarly to Internet suffices, you can insert special characters, such as ę, ą, ś, and ć. All you need to do it press and hold a button (for example “a” for “ą” and “c” for “ć”) and choose a diacritic you wish to enter.
Quickly enter single numbers
To enter a single number, you can tap the number icon on the keyboard to switch to the numeric keyboard. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can save some time by pressing and holding the number button and swiping to the number you wish to enter. The keyboard will insert it and automatically switch back to the alphabet keyboard. The same trick works for capital letters and symbols.
CAPITALIZE ALL THE LETTERS
If you want to write a sentence (or an e-mail) in capital letters, you do not have to press shift for each and every letter. Tap the Shift button twice to activate Caps Lock feature, and tap it again to turn it off.
Shake to undo
iOS has a handy little feature that lets you shake the device to undo whatever you did. Whether you’ve pasted a wrong link or accidentally removed the whole paragraph of a long e-mail, the keyboard can help.
Disable keyboard clicks
Keyboard sounds can be annoying, especially when you type a lot in public. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to turn them off. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Sounds and scroll down to the bottom of the list. You will find there an option labelled as “Keyboard Clicks”. Touch the toggle to turn off the sounds.
Format and define words on the go
In apps that support rich text formatting, you can quickly apply bold, italics, or underline to your words. Double tap it and press the “B/U” option in the popup menu. In a similar manner you can easily define problematic words. Just click “Define” and wait for the phone to come up with a definition.
Insert photos and videos
There are a few ways to add a picture or video to an e-mail or note, but we’ve got the fastest one. When in the app, double tap where you want to insert a file and choose option labelled as “Insert Photo or Video” from the popup menu. Unfortunately, not all applications support this great feature and sometimes you have to add attachments manually.
Turn on and off QuickType on iOS 8
One of the best features introduced in iOS 8 is the new QuickType predictive keyboard. It learns what words you use the most and dynamically displays suggestions as you type. QuickType can really improve your typing speed, but if for some reason you do not like it, there are two ways to disable it.
The fastest one is to swipe up or down from the edge of the keyboard to hide the suggestion bar. Alternatively, you can also press and hold the Emoji button at the bottom of the keyboard to bring up a toggle.
Add a third-party keyboard
In addition to QuickType, iOS 8 brought the ability to replace the default keyboard with a third-party application. Custom keyboards are now available for download in the AppStore and if you’ve already got one on your phone or tablet, you can easily install it by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboard and “Add New Keyboard”. That’s it!
If you want to use more than one keyboard, you can select them in settings and switch between them by pressing the globe-like icon.
If you recommend any other useful iOS keyboard tips and tricks, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.