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How to use your mobile keyboard as a text cursor while typing

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Mobile keyboards have come a long way over the years, but it’s still a pain to edit text if you’ve misspelled a word or need to make other changes after you’ve typed up a storm.

You typically have to tap on the text in question on your little screen, then hold for a bit, and then move your finger to the right spot to make your changes. That’s awfully difficult with your finger obstructing your view. Thankfully, select keyboards on Android and iOS let you move the text cursor without having to tap on the text at all, making it much easier to edit what you’ve typed. Here’s how to do that.

Android

You’ll need to use either Google’s Gboard or the beta version of Microsoft’s SwiftKey for this.