How to Place the Cursor Exactly Where You Need It

How to Place the Cursor Exactly Where You Need It

Need iPad and iPhone help? Sign up for iPhone Life Insider and I’ll help you with all of your iPhone troubleshooting and iOS-related issues. Here’s a question from an Insider who wanted to know how to place the cursor right where he wants it when editing text on his iPhone:

Hey Sarah,

When I want to edit text, as in Contacts, from some point other than the rightmost character in a line of text, how do I accurately position the cursor? Pointing to a character with my fat finger seldom works. Having to delete everything right to left to the point I want to be is frustrating.

Sincerely,

Cursed by the Cursor

Hey Cursed,

It is very difficult to place the cursor on an iPhone screen, I'm not sure I have any good advice for the older iPhones. But if you have a 6s or 6s Plus, you can turn your keyboard into a track pad, which makes it much easier to place the cursor accurately. Here's a tip that shows how to do it: https://www.iphonelife.com/content/tip-day-quickly-select-and-edit-text-3d-touch. The tip mainly talks about selecting text, but it is also helpful for placing the cursor. Let me know if you have an 's' series iPhone, and if so, how it goes!

Thanks, Sarah. I have a 6s Plus. That tip helped me a lot.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.