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Forward Delete on iPhone with 3D Touch Keyboard Tricks

What is 3D Touch? We show you with keyboard tricks!

I’m going to help you learn about the 3D touch iPhone functionality and as I show you, you will learn some really useful tricks in the Notes App. While it is surprising and contrary to Apple’s own advice, yes you can forward delete on iPhones (delete right) using the iOS keyboard. This is one of several tricks you can do when using it on iPhone keyboards. You can also select a whole word or even select a block of text of many words using only the keyboard. It’s another way to make it easier to reach and select text on any iPhone Plus model, even with the shortest of thumbs! Read on to learn how.

Introduction to 3D Touch -iPhone

If you don’t yet know how it works, I’m going to show which ones have it, what it is and some really useful ways to apply it within the iPhone Notes app. Perhaps the lack of a forward delete key is not a big deal any more as most people who have been using an iPhone for a while have become accustomed to that fact that there is not a forward delete key (ie. delete to the right key) on the keyboard on all iPhones. When new iPhone users (and long term users will remember when they) first wrote a note on the touch screen keyboard. It is great but despite all the searching in the world you cannot find a right delete key.

Many note apps came out where you could tap and hold to bring up another delete to the right option. Alternatively, they just added a right delete key. Now there is no need and you can delete right using the standard keyboard.

NOTE: There is an Accessibility function called ‘Reachability’. This is another way to reach to select text on the large screens of iPhone Plus size models (like iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8 Plus, but also on normal models) which brings the text half way down the screen within reach when you double tap the home button.

This force-touch method (explained below) to move the cursor or select text anywhere on the screen is my new preference though.

The problem suffered by new iPhone users – no right delete key

So often you tap on the screen to put the cursor where you want to edit, only to find that you have put the cursor to the left of where you want to delete. Your text is small enough that it seems a very fine line to one side or the other of the point you want to select. This is especially with big fingers or when you are not yet used to your iPhone.

3d touch iphone to right delete

That’s right, there is no delete right iPhone key…

So continuing my scenario: then you tap again, and the cursor still doesn’t go to the right place – maybe it even goes to the wrong line! Maybe you tap and hold to try the magnifying glass, and yes if you can see well, eventually you move the cursor. Or maybe in desperation you double tap to select the whole word and tap delete, but then you need to retype the whole word.

Well if this ever happens to you, you will love this method using the keyboard only to delete to the right on iPhones.

By using it you can now forward delete on an iPhone without the frustration of tapping again on the text you want to edit to try to move the cursor one little character across! (And some other nice things too.)

I realized that by using the iPhone 3D Touch you can now forward delete, by using this push touch on the keyboard only. It gives you a cool little way to move the cursor using the onscreen keyboard only. It is easier in action than the incorrect tap problem some people suffer that I described above.

Where is the forward delete on an iPhone keypad?

This is something that all users new to iPhone iOS want but cannot find because you do not get it on the standard keyboard. There is no right delete key, but there is a way to do it with more ease than ever! It uses only the keyboard.

Maybe I am getting ahead of myself. First I should explain what it is!

What is 3D Touch?

Now iPhone owners have a new way to interact with their iPhones, by which you touch and press down more firmly on the screen. You don’t just set a touch position by x- and y- coordinates on the screen, you press heavier as well to identify a different desired action. It is also called force touch, push touch, or press touch.

It is because of this that things now get interesting!

(In terms of right delete and other keyboard tricks anyway.)

How does it work?

It takes advantage of the pressure sensitive touch screen installed within your iPhone. It is not a tap and hold, which calls up other functionality (and has been around for longer).

What does 3D touch do?

Many things, it opens up some easier functionality. We’re going to show you how it works by applying it to do some useful keyboard things.

(That is especially for those of us with fat fingers! ). This push touch allows you to move the cursor like a trackball or track pad.

You can position the cursor exactly where you want while your view is completely unobstructed by your finger (or thumb), because you finger is over the keyboard.

Which iPhone will it work on?

Anything since the iPhone 6, that is:

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and
  • iPhone X

Sorry this means you can not use it on iPhone 4, 4s and iPhone 5.

How to use 3D Touch iPhone

You press harder than normal on a useful area of your screen. You must press hard enough for your screen pressure sensitivity to recognize it as a force touch.

I will show you in more detail using the method to right delete using only the iPhone keyboard, which follows.

Can You Forward Delete on iPhone?

Oh yes you can forward delete on an iPhone keyboard using this new way to interact with your iPhone! Yes I suppose it is a little corny when you see the detail, but it really does only use the standard keyboard.

Right Delete iPhone (using only the keyboard)

Try it yourself: Open a note in your iOS device. (Yes go on, you can switch between Notes and Safari as you follow along!)

Write a little text to allow you to test how it works. Anything will do.

Tap in the middle somewhere and let’s say you want to delete to the right of that point, without tapping again to try to select one little character over to the right.

Consider in the screen copy below of my iPhone 7 Plus. Please consider it as only a rough first draft, LOL.

I wanted to edit the word ‘apple’ and replace it with ‘Apple’. To be more specific, I wanted to delete the ‘a’ and replace it with a capital letter ‘A’. I tapped and it was actually to the left of the small ‘a’. I didn’t have to try to tap slightly more to the right (multiple times) like I used to, oh no.

3d touch iphone 7

Now my cursor is left of what I want to delete. I can easily use the keyboard only to delete right. It would otherwise be a little harder on my iPhone 7 Plus. (Curse these short thumbs!)

Now Press and press harder than usual on the keyboard. This starts it.

Note: as you start 3D touch iPhones can give you feedback, as follows.

3D Touch iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

If you have haptics turned on (available from iPhone 7 onwards) then you will feel a tap-back from your phone (it is feedback you have force touched your phone). So yes, it works on iPhone 8.

3D Touch iPhone 6, 6s and 6 Plus

I guess since iPhone 6 3D touch doesn’t have haptics it does not provide this mechanical feedback.

You can press-touch anywhere on the keyboard in this step.

Now you will see (as per the screen copy below) the keyboard is faded, and as you continue to hold your finger on the keyboard, you can slide slide it left to right, or up and down. Watch what happens.

3d touch iphone forward delete

3D Touch on my iPhone 7 Plus part 1

It works like a track pad – you can more easily move the cursor using the keyboard close to the bottom of the screen and watch where the cursor moves without your finger or thumb in the way.

Watch the yellow cursor indicator that appears – as you slide your finger the cursor moves.

Note: You might notice there are actually two cursors indicated. A gray cursor indicator shows where the actual cursor will end up if you lift your finger off the screen. No big fat finger in the way, no too fine touch required. If you slide too far just continue to hold and slide your finger to adjust the cursor position.

Just makes it so easy!

So now you slide the cursor to the right by gliding your finger to the right over the faded keyboard, and then you hit the delete key. DONE!

3D Touch iPhone 7 step 2

Finish this keyboard-only forward delete action by tapping the delete key.

Yes, as I said near the beginning, it is a little corny as it does take two steps. However the point of this article is just as much to teach you about 3D touch iPhone 6 7 and 8 and their Plus sized versions now have, as it is to show you you can delete to the right by using it.

However you absolutely can do it using only the standard keyboard, this much is true.

It is valuable because whether you would otherwise use the magnifying glass or to tap (and possibly tap again) those methods cause you to have your finger over the text. This new method keeps your fingers out of the way don at the keyboard.

Wait, there’s More!

You might also realize that you do not even need to be near the character you want to delete using this method. You don’t even need to be on the same line of text to initiate it!

Other iPhone 3D Touch Keyboard Tricks

Lets show you some more about it. What else can you do with it on your keyboard?

Select a whole word

Another easy thing to do is to select a whole word. Normally you would reach up and tap twice on the word, and for larger words you can normally select it first go. Not always if you have a small word and big fingers!

Push touch as before, but now slightly release pressure as you maintain or glide your finger.

Position the yellow cursor where you want to select the word.

Without lifting your finger press harder again. You will see word is selected!

Select a block of text

You can use this to select a larger block of text than a single word.

As before press-touch, but now slightly release pressure as you glide your finger.

Position the yellow cursor from where you want to select the word.

Without lifting your finger, press harder again. Continue to slide your finger on the keyboard-track-pad. You will see multiple words are selected and highlighted in yellow, from the word you started with to where you dragged the cursor!

3d touch iphone 7 text select

Force touch the iPhone keyboard lighten and re-force-touch to select a word and slide to select a block of text. Note the cursor part way through the word which is entirely selected.

There you have done it! Another efficiency tip with help from TheTechMentor.

We have other useful tips like how to recover your deleted iPhone notes (for free) that might interest you.

Bonus: Also relatively new to iPhones are Live Photos. If you want to know more, you can read all about Live Photo tips here.

Talk with an Apple fan who knows their iPhone really well and surprise them by stating you can delete to the right using only the keyboard. Then prove it to them. Whether or not you put money on it before you show them – that is up to you!

Summary of iPhone 3D Touch keyboard tricks

I showed you what the iPhone 3D Touch is and how to use it. There are a host of other ways you can use it on iPhone 6s and more recent iPhones, and I showed you some more keyboard uses. Typically other uses are for accessing action shortcuts. The above methods apply to the keyboard to make your life easier. Have a play around with it and in no time it will become easy to use and preferred method. I hope it becomes your favorite way to select text higher up on the screen as it has for me. It creates the new forward delete iPhone keyboard capability!

 

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