How to Correct Typing Mistakes on Your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

It’s a good idea to type on your iPhone with abandon and not get hung up over mistyped characters. The iPhone’s self-correcting keyboard will fix many errors and, as mentioned, will help you reduce mistakes in the first place by predicting which words you have in mind. Still, you may have to make some corrections manually.

If the iPhone thinks you’ve made a mistake while typing, it may underline (or highlight) the suspect word. For instance, in our earlier example, npy is not a recognized English word, so the iPhone will flag that possible error by placing a red line under it in the body of your message. Tap the word to see possible alternatives (not, nay) just below the suspect word.

If you want to decline the suggestion and type your own replacement, you can do so. And of course you can keep the word that the iPhone thought you typed in error.

Sometimes misspelled words appear with an underline and no suggested alternative. If you tap the misspelled word, a suggestion for another spelling may appear. Tap the new word to accept it. Sometimes when you tap the underlined word, you instead see the note No Replacements Found.

A neat trick when manually correcting text is to hold down your finger against the screen to bring up the magnifying glass. Use it to position the pointer to the spot where you need to make the correction.

Magnifying errors.

Magnifying errors.

If you have the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can apply 3D Touch to turn your onscreen keyboard into a trackpad, which is really useful. Say you’re opening an app such as Mail or Notes, in which you typically summon a keyboard to write a message or note.

Now suppose that you want to edit that message or note. Press down against the keyboard. When the keys disappear a moment later, you can drag your finger along what is now a trackpad, correspondingly moving the cursor in the message or note to the spot in which you want to make a change. Lift your finger off so that the keys reappear. You’re now in a position to type again.