Typing on a small software keyboard is not something most people enjoy. While many might still argue that the on-screen keyboard remains inconvenient for typing – aside from small snippets of text for messages on the go – things have improved a lot. And if you’re willing to invest your time to learn some smooth gestures and some time-saving tricks, you can befriend the software keyboard to write with the touch you want. To help you get started on the right note, I’ve put together the best tips to speed up typing in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. So, let’s learn to play less and type more!
Helpful Tips to Speed Up Typing on iPhone and iPad
There are a few ways to get rid of the shortcomings that keep you from typing smoothly. First, remove unnecessary faucets that kill the flow. Second, get a good handle on swipes along with the newly introduced text editing gestures to speed up the whole affair. In addition to these productive ways, it would also be great to employ some of the keyboard’s notable features to make typing easier.
1. Make the most of the Swipe-to-Type feature, also known as QuickPath
While QuickPath might not have much traction, unlike other newcomers like Dark Mode and the full download manager for Safari, it remains one of my top picks for making typing pretty smooth. If you’ve already tried the swipe feature in Google’s Gboard (free), you would (most likely) find the iOS swipe-to-type gesture quite familiar.
Of course, swiping to type isn’t perfect and doesn’t always predict correct words (i.e. unusual name or word). Also, entering certain punctuation, numbers, and characters still requires typing. However, it can go a long way in speeding up your typing by making it smooth – once you have a good grip.
Observation: QuickPath also works on iPad in the same way, but only in floating mode. To activate the floating keyboard, use your thumb and index fingers to pinch the keyboard inward. Alternatively, tap and hold the keyboard minimize icon and choose the floating button. Now the keyboard will shrink and can be moved to different areas of the screen. When you want to access the normal keyboard, just place two fingers on the floating keyboard and spread them apart.
- To get started with QuickPath, open the keyboard inside your favorite application like Messages, Notes, Mail and more. Then, slide your finger from one letter to another on the keyboard. Let’s say you want to type “how to watch football”. First, swipe the letters “L” “I” “K” “E”.
- Using artificial intelligence, Apple’s QuickType keyboard predicts the word you are trying to type and suggest three options.
- Check out the suggestion at the center. If the word shown in the center of the QuickType bar is what you are trying to type, start swiping to the other word you want to type next. The keyboard will automatically enter the word and will also include space, allowing you to type without having to lift your finger.
- Just in case, the word displayed in the center of the QuickType bar is not correct, check the other two suggestions and choose the correct one.
Observation: If you don’t like using the slide to type feature, go to the Settings app on your device -> General-> Keyboard. Now, turn off the switch for Slide to Type. iOS 13 also allows you to exclude slide-to-type by word. To do this, turn off the switch for him as well.
2. Move quickly around the page with the cursor
In iOS 12 or earlier, you had to press and hold the cursor and then move your finger to place the cursor in the desired location. With iOS 13, Apple has made this a little easier. Simply tap anywhere on the screen to access the cursor and drag it using your finger. Yes, you no longer need to press on the screen!
3. Undo and Redo
Although iOS already had an undo/redo option in the form of “Shake to undo/redo”, it never felt intuitive. Not surprisingly, it remained unnoticed for years. Fortunately, Apple introduced a better way to do this in iOS 13. Now, you can simply swipe left with three fingers to undo anything. To redo, just swipe right with three fingers. Alternatively, you can also undo/redo anything just by double tapping with three fingers. The “Undo” or “Redo” badges will be displayed at the top of the screen to let you check your action.
4. Cut, Copy and Paste
With iOS 13, cutting, copying and pasting using gestures has become very simple. After selecting your text, pinch with three fingers to copy it. So you can repeat the copy gesture twice to cut it (Pinch with three fingers twice). When you want to paste the text, simply place three fingers on the screen and spread them apart.
5. Quickly enter the endpoint
So how do you enter the period using the iPhone keyboard? Tap the number key -> find the end point and select it. Then tap the letter key to re-enter letters again. Oh no! This is not only time consuming, but also quite inconvenient. The the best way to enter a point is to simply double tap the spacebar. It will not only insert a period, it will also include a space so you can keep typing smoothly.
6. Make the most of the one-handed keyboard
Even though the one-handed keyboard isn’t an entirely new feature, it hasn’t been explored by a large number of iOS users. Personally, I’ve found it quite useful, especially when I want my thumb to do all the talking. So if you want to make typing convenient, you shouldn’t miss this one. In times when you can’t use both hands to type or want to use your thumb to type comfortably, this can come into play very well.
To activate a one-hand keyboard, all you need to do is just tap and hold the globe icon and select the left or right keyboard icon. Once the little keyboard has moved in the direction you prefer, get on with typing. As soon as I finish, tap the arrow to return to normal keyboard.
7. Why not dictate your own terms
Gone are the days when the dictation feature was only there to do numbers. Now it works more accurately. So anytime you don’t want to use your fingers to type, you can dictate the QuickType keyboard to do the work for you. To get started, make sure Dictation is enabled on your iPhone (go to Settings app -> General -> Keyboard -> Enable Dictation. Then choose your preferred language.) After that, tap on the microphone icon and then dictate the keyboard.
Speed up your typing on iPhone and iPad
Hope you have made the best of the drawbacks that keep you from typing smoothly on your iOS device. It’s true that it takes a few days to master the gestures or get used to them. But once you get a good handle on them, typing becomes smooth sailing. That’s why I find the introduction of two-finger tap gestures to manage messages and text editing gestures very useful. What is your opinion about them? Give your opinion in the comments below.