Here’s a little trick I’ve been using to increase the accuracy of my iPhone typing: instead of allowing my eyes to glance at the software keyboard as I type, I try to focus solely on the input area of the app I’m working in. I don’t ignore the placement of my fingers on the screen, […]
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iPhone Typing Tip: Don’t Look at the Keyboard

Here’s a little trick I’ve been using to increase the accuracy of my iPhone typing: instead of allowing my eyes to glance at the software keyboard as I type, I try to focus solely on the input area of the app I’m working in. I don’t ignore the placement of my fingers on the screen, but instead trust in muscle memory and peripheral vision to guide my typing. It’s similar to reciting a speech from memory instead of holding yourself back and reading from the page.

I’ve found that after years of typing on the iPhone’s keyboard, I now have a great mental map of where each key is and can basically touch type, despite the lack of physical feedback. The only thing that really messes me up is iOS’s own auto-correction system, which loves to correct words like “yo” and “F***” to “to” and “DUCK“. I used to type so quickly that I didn’t realize that auto corrections had been made until I’d sent a message, or was already well into the next sentence.

I’ve found that by concentrating on the input area as I type, text input has become a lot easier on my iPhone, and mistakes resulting from overzealous auto-corrections are fewer and farther between. Try giving it a shot this weekend.

 

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