Typing is an essential part of using our iPhone. Without the ability to type, we would not be able to message our friends and family, surf the internet, or even take quick notes on our phone. With iPhone launching the new QuickPath function, the way we type on our screens is going to change. While android has implemented this sliding function awhile back, iPhone is only rolling it out with the iOS 13. Though it may not be suitable for all users, learning to use the new QuickPath feature on iPhone could help you type faster.
How to use the new QuickPath feature on iPhone
Checking if your iPhone is compatible with QuickPath
Since the function is only available on iOS 13 and above, you would first need to ensure that your device is running on compatible software.
- From the Home screen of your iPhone, click on Settings.
- Scroll down until you find General. It has a gear as its icon. Select that option.
- Click on About under General settings.
- You will be able to see the Software Version within the page you are directed to.
- If you are running iOS version 12 and below, you may update your software by clicking on the blue button on the top left to return to General settings. Select Software Update. Then, click on Download and Install to update your iPhone software.
Enabling the QuickPath feature on your iPhone
- Pull up your iPhone keyboard from any part of your phone.
- Press and hold down on the globe icon to the right of the microphone icon. It should be located towards the bottom left of your screen.
- When a menu pops-up, slide up and select Keyboard Settings. This will direct you to the keyboard under General Settings in the Settings application.
- Look for the Slide to the Type option. This is the new QuickPath feature. Toggle the switch beside it to enable the function.
- If you would like to delete a whole word if there is a mistake while using the function, toggle the switch to enable ‘Delete undoes slide’ or ‘Delete Slide-to-Type by Word’.
Using the QuickPath feature on your iPhone
- Open any app that will pull up the iPhone keyboard. We recommend using Notes because you will not accidentally send a message while trying out this function.
- In a new note, type a word by sliding across the alphabets to spell the word. It would be the same as typing normally, however you do not press each alphabet individually. For example, if you would like to type the word ‘hello’, you would press and hold on the ‘h’ key, then drag your finger across ‘e’, ‘l’, ‘l’, and ‘o’ keys without lifting your finger.
- When typing a full sentence, QuickPath will add the spaces automatically after you have lifted your finger. Therefore, you do not need to press the space button between each word in the sentence.
- The QuickPath feature will automatically add double letters in words such as ‘balloon’.
- If you have Autocorrect enabled on your device, you can undo the edit made by autocorrect by sliding 3 fingers to the left across your screen. Similarly, you redo an edit made, you can slide 3 fingers to the right to redo a change.
- If you want to capitalize a word, you may do so by pressing on the Shift key before sliding to spell the word or enabling the shift key just like typing without QuickPath.
If you find that the function is not for you, follow the steps to enable the QuickPath feature and untoggle the feature instead.