Easiest Way to Drag & Drop the Cursor While Editing Text on Your iPhone

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Apple's new operating system, iOS 13, offers lots of convenient, new features for iPhone users. One of my favorites is the ability to drag and drop the cursor while typing in native Apple apps like Mail and Messages. Now it's faster and easier than ever to edit text on your iPhone! Let's get started learning how to use this text-editing feature.

Related: How to Send & Receive Audio Text Messages on Your iPhone

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How to Drag & Drop the Cursor to Edit Text on Your iPhone

  1. Place your finger on the cursor. The cursor will enlarge.
  2. Drag the cursor to where you need it to be and lift your finger to drop it. 
  3. Now you can delete, replace, or add additional text as needed.

    cursor is enlarged as you drag and drop on iphonetext edited using drag and drop on iphone

As with previous operating systems, it's still also possible to tap a place in the message to move the cursor to that point.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.