How to Use the New 3-Finger Gestures to Undo & Redo Typing on Your iPhone

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One of the new ways to save time while typing on your iPhone in iOS 13 is a three-finger swipe or tap gesture that can be used to undo or redo in any app that allows text editing. You can use this gesture instead of Shake to Undo to undo or redo typing and other edits on your iPhone, whether you're using individual keys or Quick Type. In fact, you can go ahead and turn off Shake to Undo completely, because you'll want to use this new gesture instead!

Related: How to Switch between Keyboards on Your iPhone

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How to Undo & Redo Typing on the iPhone

  1. Open the keyboard in any app that allows text typing, and tap the text field to open the onscreen keyboard.
  2. Type your message using individual keys or Quick Type.
  3. To undo your last edit, swipe left or double tap with three fingers.
  4. You'll see a brief pop up that says Undo.

    type your message on your iphoneswipe left to undo or delete your text
  5. To restore your last edit, swipe right with three fingers.
  6. You'll see a brief pop up that says Redo.

    swipe right to redo your deletion on you iphone

Now you've learned a quick and easy way to edit in-app messages! 

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Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.