Regardless of whether you use an iPad Pro as a replacement for your laptop or are a street fighter living on your iPhone, it's important to be able to navigate through text and select if it's required. It's also easier than you might think.
It is clear at this point that Apple has made the text navigation and selection on iOS devices particularly bad, which of course is findable. If you delve deeply into Apple's online knowledgebase, you may come across some of the techniques that so-called power users have used for years. But if you have no time and no desire, we have covered you. Here are some of the best and easiest ways to navigate (and select) the text on iPhone and iPad.
Unfortunately, Apple does not give the functions of iPhone and iPad in handling text that not only adds to the confusion of facts, but also that people need to remember different ways to do the same. Since both the iPhone and the iPad run on iOS, this is particularly annoying.
If you put the unusual nature of Apple's design decisions aside, you'll learn how to play text with iPhones and iPads or iPad
No matter how much we ask for it, Apple gets the iPhone, or rather the iPad, unlikely to give support for trackpads soon. Fortunately, there is a way to get a software-based trackpad right out of the box. For this method, you must use the virtual keyboard. However, hold down the space bar to activate a moving pointer. Swipe your finger over the keyboard to move the pointer to where you want.
When you use an iPad with a physical keyboard, you can move the cursor anywhere on the screen, and when you swipe across the screen, it moves.
If you use an iPhone with 3D Touch, you have a second option. Press anywhere on the keyboard to get the same result.
How to Select Text on an iPad
This is a feature that many people who use iPads full-time may not know, but it can be a game change if you write or edit a lot of text.
With the cursor flashing, tap once with two fingers to select a word. Double-tap with two fingers to select a phrase or two times with two fingers to select a paragraph. This alone may be one of Apple's best kept secrets.
Selecting Text on an iPhone
Unfortunately, the two-finger approach on the iPhone does not work, and the way taps interact with text is different. On a iPhone, double-tap a word with a blinking cursor to select it. If you want to select multiple words or phrases, the only solution is to drag the handles at the beginning and at the end of your selection.
If you are using an iPhone with 3D Touch, press anywhere on the keyboard to enable trackpad mode, and then press harder to select the text as needed expand.