iOS Secret Trackpad

Sometimes navigating the cursor through a text message or email on your iPhone can be frustrating when all you can do is try and tap the spot you where you want to insert the cursor. Especially when working on a longer message. However, Apple may have you covered with the hidden track inside iOS’s keyboard.

How to Unlock Your iPhone or iPad’s Concealed Trackpad

Finding the invisible track pad inside the iOS keyboard is quite easy. Just a few gestures away.

Anywhere a user has a text entry dialog open—a block of text they are writing, bring up the keyboard. Press and hold a finger down on the space key. The keyboard will go blank (no characters will be visible). One should feel a haptic response (if haptics are active). The cursor will also get bigger for a moment. This means you’ve activated the trackpad.

With one’s finger still pressed down, move it around anywhere on the keyboard to move the cursor inside the text dialog. To place the cursor lift one’s finger.

Now the keyboard will restore itself and one can make any edits they need to. If you need to move the cursor again, follow the same process.