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

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

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.