A new iPhone time-saver is shaking the internet to its core!
Krissy Brierre-Davis pointed out a useful iPhone feature the other day...and people went wild. Have you, like so many others, felt frustration while typing on your iPhone? For sure, manually moving the cursor around with your thumb is super annoying. And, it can take way too long to get that cursor right where you want it. But no more!
As part of the iPhone's 3D Touch feature, there's a shortcut for this. On Twitter, the discovery is rightfully being hailed as a life-changing event.
Find out about this feature, plus other cool iPhone shortcuts. Technology is always changing, make sure you're using it like a pro!
So, let’s talk iPhones.
Specifically, the ‘typing’ part of an iPhone that becomes downright obnoxious to manage when you’ve got to backtrack and correct a word or a sentence.
One iPhone user had a veritable ‘a-ha’ moment!
Twitter user @krissys_kitchen discovered a little-known perk of the touchscreen spacebar, allowing you to move the cursor without manually (and clumsily) dragging your finger across the screen.
Here’s her viral discovery:
How come you guys never told me this iPhone trick? I feel duped. https://t.co/2RfRhI4Y1X— Krissy Brierre-Davis (@Krissy Brierre-Davis)1542580240.0
And people were shook.Same, though. Can you even imagine how much time we’re gonna save this way?
This guy said it best:
@krissys_kitchen https://t.co/79YpccimO7— thomas vladeck (@thomas vladeck)1542589141.0
A lot of people were in the same boat.
I was today years old when I found this out. https://t.co/VlE7VgLE7F— Jenny Lawson (@Jenny Lawson)1542597213.0
And they were quick to thank Krissy for her service.
@krissys_kitchen Bless you and your children for generations— Simp god (@Simp god)1542594544.0
It works with more than just the spacebar.
@krissys_kitchen @tiffani Yes!! Most important 3D Touch feature when it came out; Works anywhere on the Apple keyboard (not just space)!!— Andrew Nebus (@Andrew Nebus)1542583881.0
Here’s how you make it work anywhere on the keyboard:Regardless of keyboard type, you’ve got options!
It’s been a thing for several years.
@davidmackau The spacebar trick is new in iOS 12, I believe, but 3D touching (pressing harder than normal) anywhere… https://t.co/84GhMUIxgw— Matthew Leidholm (@Matthew Leidholm)1542589541.0
And all post-6S iPhones have it!So, if that applies to you, then give this cool feature a try!
These people certainly did.
@krissys_kitchen How many people typed 2-3 lines of gibberish to test this? ✋🏼— Chris Zaker (@Chris Zaker)1542601910.0
And the feature is getting a solid thumbs-up.
@krissys_kitchen OMG. This is like gliding your scissors across wrapping paper 💀🔥🙌🏼— Andrew Lee (@Andrew Lee)1542590360.0
All in all, this was an A+ discovery.Basically, iPhone appreciation went up 1,000% from this feature alone. People really don’t like manually moving that cursor!
@krissys_kitchen This works on Android phones too— Robbie The Lycario (@Robbie The Lycario)1542649237.0
And the magic continues:
@krissys_kitchen @hnshah If you 3D touch even harder you can even select text!— Mike Ivanchyshyn (@Mike Ivanchyshyn)1542654777.0
Apparently, some people were already aware of this.
@krissys_kitchen How is everyone just now discovering this? Iv been knowing this for over a year now. And it’s not… https://t.co/x0rT4Jy3Qn— Joel (@Joel)1542647658.0
Mostly, people were just astounded.
@bronwyn_moles @krissys_kitchen https://t.co/wIWGzHviVN— Lauren 🦋 (@Lauren 🦋)1542658518.0
Some people couldn’t help but mourn.
@krissys_kitchen there goes the 2872272872 hours i’ll never get back from trying to tap on the right spot— sha wants aroha moots !! (@sha wants aroha moots !!)1542648924.0
But it’s better late than never!
In fact, there are a whole bunch of time-saving features you may or may not be aware of. So, in case you only skimmed the user’s manual, here are some more cool tricks!
Redial numbers the easy way.
You can press the green call button to quickly redial the last number you called on your phone.
Delete calculator numbers with a swipe.
When you’re in the calculator app and press a wrong number, just swipe left or right on the screen where the numbers appear to get rid of them.
Or, forego the calculator app entirely.
You can pull down to open up Spotlight and do a quick math problem right there.
Take photos in rapid succession.
Hold down the camera’s shutter button to enter burst mode.
Quickly reply to a message without leaving your current app.
When you get a notification at the top of your screen for an incoming message, just pull it down. You can tap out a reply while staying in whatever app you have open!
Find a lost phone? No problem.
Just ask, “Siri, whose phone is this?" and it’ll show you so that you can contact them.
Get a website’s desktop version.
If you need to open up the desktop version of a website, rather than its mobile, just press and hold the ‘refresh’ button in the URL bar.
3D Touch drawing is pretty handy.
All drawing tools and erasers in the Notes app are pressure-sensitive!
Tab-peeking is a thing.
If you 3D Touch tabs in your Safari app, it’ll let you peek at the page before you open it.
Now you know your iPhone inside and out.
Make the most of your time! You deserve it. Share this news with all of your iPhone-owning friends and family!