iPhone owners are grateful that iOS lets them press or drag the cursor to change or delete a particular word in a text message, but it can be a surprisingly difficult task to perform. No matter how small your hands are, try to tap the invisible gap between two letters, can be crazy, and it often takes more attempts to get it right. More often than not, I just hold down the backspace key until I come to the problem area.
But it turns out that it must not be so. While you can try manually adjusting your cursor with your fat fingers, Apple has also included an alternative control system that most people do not know about.
On Sunday, the blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis shared a tip about Twitter which immediately went viral. It turns out that if you click and hold the space bar when the keyboard appears, the keypad becomes a touchpad that lets you drag the cursor freely around the text box. This trick works for phones without 3D touch like iPhone XR. On the 3D Touch handset, you can tap and hold anywhere on the keyboard for a second or two to enable the touchpad so you do not have to press words.
It is worth noting that this is not a new feature. In fact, the feature first made the way to Apple's smartphone with iPhone 6s in 2015. You can find articles online explaining how to use the feature from over three years ago. And yet, based on the response to the Brierre-Davis tweet, tons of iPhone owners had no idea that this was possible. Brierre-Davis says she saw the picture first on Facebook, but could not identify the original source.
If you've used this feature for years and can not believe that everyone else right now finds this: Good for you. The rest of us will continue to be stupid by the fact that we missed this first time.