This genius iPhone trick will save you texting time

It is hard to imagine that the world record for typing the alphabet on a mobile phone is only 3.5 seconds. A Brazilian teenager went one step further, setting a new Guinness World Record for fastest texter in 2014 when he typed a 25-word message in less than 19 seconds.

You may not have any ambitions to beat his record, but you probably wish you could type a little faster on your iPhone. Cut, copy or paste text in a message like a pro with a few smart finger gestures. Tap or click for five smart keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know.

Read on for a viral video that wows iPhone users with the phone’s seemingly magical shortcut.

Here’s the backstory

Popular TikTok Creator Katarina Mogus is known for showing off several iPhone hacks on her profile, which has over 2 million followers. While she usually goes through smart camera settings or Siri options, she recently explained how to copy and paste text faster.

Most iPhone users know that you can select a word with a double tap with one finger or select a paragraph with a triple tap with one finger. But did you know that you don’t have to tap the clipping option? Watch this clip to see how the hack works:

What can you do about it?

In the video, which has more than 12,000 views, Mogus explains that you don’t have to tap copy or paste. Instead, you can pinch with three fingers to copy and pinch open with three fingers to paste after selecting a word or paragraph.

Here are the official instructions from Apple:

Copy: Pinch with three fingers. Cut: Pinch twice with three fingers. Paste: Pinch open with three fingers.

You can also touch and hold a selection and then tap Cut, Copy, or Paste.

Some users find it challenging to move the on-screen indicator to an exact spot in a word, paragraph, or URL. Although this is not explained in the video, you can tap and hold the space bar to move the indicator to where you want it.

Even if you Universal Clipboardyou can cut something on one Apple device and paste it on another.

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