The iPhone already offers a one-handed mode that crunches the screen vertically, which is especially helpful for those with Plus size models. iOS 11 adds another dimension by letting you squish the keyboard horizontally, making the far side of the screen more reachable for when you only have one hand available for typing. To activate it, simply long press the emoji icon, then select which side you want the keyboard to move to. The keyboard will remain this way anywhere it is used until you tap the arrow on the side to bring it back to center.
If you often find yourself typing in the same long phrase, name, URL, etc. while texting or emailing from your iPhone, iOS has a great tool that allows you to get around this called "Text Replacement." The feature has been available since iOS 5 and starts out with one default example - typing "omw" will bring up the option to replace it with "On my way!" So if you are constantly asking work colleagues when you can expect their TPS reports, now can create your own shortcut, "tps," to ask the full question, instead of typing it out every time.
You may think typing on your iPhone is pretty straight forward, but Apple has added lots of features over the years. Since most of us spend a ton of time typing on our iPhone, it’s worth looking at some tips that will save you time and make your life a little bit easier.
Apple opened the door for third-party keyboards on iOS devices with the release of iOS 8.0. iPod touch, iPhone and iPad owners can now download third-party keyboards as applications from the Apple App Store. Once installed users must enable the third-party keyboard on their device in the Settings app. Here's how:
1. Navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards
2. Tap the "Add New Keyboard..." tab
3. Select the newly downloaded third-party keyboard
4. Tap the "Allow Full Access" slider
The feature that causes the letters to pop up when you tap them is called "Character Preview." It's fairly innocuous, but if it bothers you for some reason you can turn it off. Head to Settings -> General -> Keyboards and toggle off Character Preview in the All Keyboards section.