Using the iPhone keyboard takes some practice, but once you've figured it out it'll be a breeze. Learn how here.
The iPhone has a built-in virtual keyboard you can use to input text on your device. While it's much smaller than a physical keyboard, the virtual keyboard includes several convenient shortcuts to make typing easier.
The iPhone's virtual keyboard will appear whenever you tap a text field. For example, the keyboard will appear when composing an email, writing a note, or entering a website address.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using the iPhone's virtual keyboard.
The cursor indicates where the text will appear.
The main part of the keyboard includes the letter keys and the spacebar. Tap these keys to add the desired text.
Tap the Shift key, then tap a letter to insert a capital letter or alternate character. Double tap the Shift key twice to turn on Caps Lock.
Tap the Backspace key to erase the character to the left of the cursor. Press and hold the Backspace key to delete entire words.
This feature allows you to enter text without having to use the keyboard. Tap the microphone icon on your keyboard, then start talking.
Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to emojis.
Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to numbers and special characters. Tap the button again to switch back. It will also switch back when you add a space after a character. You can also tap the #+= button to access more special characters.
Tap the spacebar to add a space. You can also double tap the spacebar at the end of a sentence to automatically add a period.
Your iPhone generates predictive text depending on where you're typing and what you've typed in the past. Click a word to type it.