This Secret Keyboard Hidden In Your iPhone Makes Texting So Much Easier
Modern technology is not kind to people with clumsy fingers.
If you own an iPhone, you're probably familiar with how easy it is to screw up a text.
We struggle enough to write out a message on Apple's older, smaller screened iPhones, but when the tech giant released bigger handsets, well, let's just say all coherent communication went out the window. If you have anything newer than an iPhone 5, you'll know how tough it is to churn out a quick text without holding onto the screen with both hands.
But it seems Apple is beginning to sympathize, because the newer models have a neat trick to help users cope with the troubles of having a big screen.
The tech giant now includes one-handed keyboards in the software in the latest version of iOS 11 to help people with smaller hands. Once activated, the keyboard shifts either to the left or to the right of the screen, meaning you can tap away at the entire keyboard with just one hand.
To enable it, you'll have to make sure your phone has iOS 11. Then, select 'one-handed keyboard' under 'keyboard' in the general settings. Open up your keyboard and press and hold the globe/emoji icon on the left of the space key. You'll then get a pop-up menu with the option to use the normal keyboard, or a one-handed keyboard either on the right or left of your screen.
If you have a Plus version of the iPhone 6, 7 or 8, you'll get a keyboard closer in size to the one on the smaller 4.7-inch version of that device.