7. iOS 11 Keyboard tips
Go one-handed: iOS 11’s QuickType keyboard now lets you type one-handed, which is great on the bigger devices. Press and hold the little emoji icon and select either the left or right sided keyboard. It shrinks the keyboard and moves it to one side of the display. Go back to full size by tapping the little arrow.
Switch off one-handed: If you never want the option to go one-handed, head to Settings > General > Keyboard and toggle the “One-handed keyboard” option off.
Use your keyboard as a trackpad: Since the advent of 3D Touch displays on iPhones you can use the keyboard area as a trackpad to move the cursor onscreen. It works anywhere there’s text input, and saves you having to try and tap the exact location you want to start editing. Just force press anywhere on the keyboard and move the cursor around.
Picking your Emoji colour: In iOS 8.4 Apple added a load of new emoji and in particular emoji that have skin tones. To access them go to the emoji keyboard in any app and long press on the one you want to use. If it has alternative options they will show.
Adding third party keyboards: Install the app (SwiftKey or Gboard are good examples) and follow the instructions in the app. At some point it will ask you to go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and add the third-party keyboard.
Accessing additional keyboards beyond Emoji: If you have more than three keyboards installed the keyboard will show a globe icon next to the spacebar. In any app that has a keyboard tap on that globe icon and then again to reveal the next keyboard you’ve got installed.
Hiding or showing auto suggestions on QuickType keyboard: The new Apple keyboard shows word suggestions based on what you type. If you don’t use this you can hide it to give you more space on the screen. Gently press and hold at the top of the auto-suggest bar and drag it towards the top row of keys. You can bring it back by dragging up from the top of the keyboard if you change your mind.
Disable keyboard capitalisation: Until iOS 9, whether you touched the shift key or not, all the letters on the keyboard were capitalised. Now, the keyboard shows the letters in lowercase when shift is off. But if you don’t want this, you can disable it by going to Settings >Accessibility>Keyboard and toggling off the Show Lowercase Keys option.
Disable keyboard animations: Apple’s keyboard has a pop-up character animation that serves as feedback when you tap the keys. You can shut it off (Settings>General>Keyboard>Character Preview).
Text replacement shortcuts: As in all previous years, one of iOS’ most useful keyboard solutions is creating shortcodes that turn into full words or phrases. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. We find it useful to have one for an address that fills in automatically whenever we misspell “addresss”, adding an extra “s” at the end.