iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus Keyboard Basics: Using the onscreen keyboard/Emoji keyboard/QuickType

There are many ways to input or enter text on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, including the onscreen keyboard. In this guide, we will discuss the basic operations you can do with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus onscreen keyboard. Read on to learn more.

How to open and use the onscreen keyboard

To open or launch the onscreen keyboard on the new iPhones, simply tap a text field then tap the letters to type.

Basic Key Functions

  • Erase texts. If happen to enter or type the wrong key, you can just slide your finger to the correct key. The letter won't be entered until you release your finger from the key.

  • Capitalize single letter. To type individual capital letters or uppercase, tap Shift or touch the Shift key and slide to a letter.

  • Capitalize all letters. To type all letters in uppercase, double tap Shift for caps lock.

  • Enter numbers/special characters. To type numbers, symbols, or punctuation marks, tap the Number key or the Symbol key.

  • Alternate characters. Touch and hold a key, then slide to select one of the options to type or enter an alternate character.

  • View corrections. Similar to other text editors, erroneous words are also underlined in red. To view suggested corrections, tap on the underlined text/words. If the word you want does not show, just type the correction.

Using emoji keyboard on iPhone 6/6 Plus

An alternate method to enter special characters on the new iPhones is through the emoji keyboard. You can tap to switch to the emoji keyboard if you haven't added any keyboard yet.

If you have many keyboards, just tap to switch to the last one you used. To access other keyboards activated or enabled on your device, just continue tapping or touch and hold, then slide to select a different keyboard to use.

Using QuickType on iPhone 6/ 6 Plus

The new iPhone devices also integrate QuickType that uses predictive text to anticipate your next word as you write. It's one way to type faster.

To use QuickType, tap a word to choose it, or enter a space or punctuation to accept a highlighted prediction. You can also reject a suggestion by tapping your original word. Your original word or text will be shown as a QuickType option with quotation marks.

If you don't want to use QuickType suggestions, just hide predictive text by pulling down QuickType suggestions. If you want them to reappear, just pull them back up. You can also turn off predictive text completely. To do so, just touch and hold or then slide to Predictive.

Your iPhone 6 however, may still correct misspelled words and anticipate your next word, even if you turn off QuickType. If it does, then just reject a suggestion by tapping the x, or accept a suggestion by entering a space or punctuation. If you have rejected the same suggestion for several times, the iPhone will stop suggesting that same word/text.

How to set keyboard options on iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus

A. Set typing features 
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Select Keyboard. 

B. Add keyboard for another language
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Select Keyboard.
  • Tap on Keyboards.
  • Tap Add New keyboards. 

C. Change keyboard layout 
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Select Keyboard.
  • Tap Keyboards.
  • Select a keyboard.
  • Choose a layout to apply/use. 

More useful keys on the onscreen keyboard for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Edit text. You can also edit or apply text revisions by touching and holding the text to show the magnifying glass, then drag to position the insertion point.

Select/highlight text. To highlight text, tap the insertion point to show the selection options. You can also double-tap a word to select it.  To select more or less text, just drag the grab points.  If you are trying to highlight or select text from read-only documents, like webpages, just touch and hold to select the word.

Copy, Cut, Paste. You can use some apps to apply basic editing and formatting effects to selected text. You can cut, copy or paste, get a text bold, italic or underlined.

To get selected text bold, italic or underlined, just tap B/I/U, to apply basic text formatting you want.

You can view additional and useful keys by holding your iPhone in landscape orientation. Among the available options include an Apple Wireless Keyboard and Dictate feature. All these will be covered in a more detailed manner on our next iPhone 6/iPhone 6 tutorials. So, please keep posted.

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