Your iPhone keyboard has two HUGE hidden secrets – and they're game-changers | The Sun

YOUR iPhone keyboard is hiding some brilliant secrets – and two are especially good.

Even if you've had an iPhone for years, you might have missed some of its best features.

We reveal the iPhone hacks for typing that you absolutely must know.

Hidden trackpad

If you've ever used an iPhone to type, you'll know that going back to correct or add parts can sometimes be difficult.

That's especially true if you're trying to edit mid-way through a word, due to the difficulty of placing the cursor.

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Well there's a precision cursor trick hidden in the Apple keyboard, if you know where to look.

It effectively turns your keyboard into a laptop-style trackpad.

This brings up a cursor on the screen that you can drag around the screen.

And it allows you to precisely move between characters in text without furiously tapping the display.

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Simply hold down the space bar when you've typed some text.

The keyboard will suddenly transform into a trackpad that you can drag your finger across to move the cursor.

It's a seriously handy trick that will totally change the way you text.

Hidden characters

There are lots of hidden characters that you can unlock on the iPhone keyboard if you know how.

There are some obvious ones to start with.

If you tap the 123 in the bottom left corner, and then tap the symbol button above ABC, you are presented with more icons.

But more exciting is what happens when you hold your finger down on a key.

This brings up new options for you to type.

Many standard English alphabet letters will have variants that you can access this way.

For instance, press and hold on the letter A and you can add accents, tildes and umlauts.

But you unlock even more strange characters if you try the technique on symbols in the iPhone keyboard.

Hold on a hyphen to unlock the longer (and longer still!) en-dash and em-dash.

And holding on a full stop will present you with an ellipsis.

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Holding down on common symbols like the comma, quotation marks and question mark will prompt new symbols.

You can also unlock the degree symbol (for angles and temperatures) by holding down on the number zero.

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