iPhone Text Editing Trick: Move Cursor on iPhone the Easy Way (iOS 15 Update)

We’ll show you how to move a cursor on iPhone by dragging and dropping instead of struggling to place it in the right spot.

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Annoyed by how hard it is to edit text on your iPhone? There's a solution. You can actually drag and drop the cursor while typing in native Apple apps like Mail and Messages, making it much faster and easier to edit texts, emails, and messages on your iPhone!

Related: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on Your iPhone

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Accurately place your iPhone cursor where you need to edit text. 
  • Easily edit only what you want to change, without having to fight with the cursor.

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

Dragging and dropping the iPhone text editing cursor makes life much simpler. As with previous operating systems, it's still also possible to tap a place in the message to move the cursor to that point, but this is often less accurate than the method shown below. Want more iPhone tricks like this? Sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

  1. Long press the iPhone cursor and do not lift your finger. You'll see a magnified version of the cursor and text.

    Long press on cursor
  2. Drag the cursor to where you need it and lift your finger to drop it exactly where you want it.

    Drag to move cursor
  3. Now you can delete, replace, or add additional text as needed.

    edit as normal

This tip has helped me edit so much more easily and without the headache! I hope it helps you, too. If you liked this tip, you might also be interested to know how to turn your iPhone spacebar into a trackpad for easy text editing.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.