iPhone Sliiiiiiide Technique

Updated April 13th, 2020.

If you’re an iPhone user you know that accurate pointing leads to efficient use. Actually, it’s the other way around: inaccurate pointing leads to inefficient use. It’s not easy to be accurate when your finger’s bigger than the buttons and keys and controls on the iPhone’s screen, but it turns out there’s a useful technique that will help you when you’re off the mark. In a nutshell, it’s this: if you touch the wrong key, don’t let go– just sliiiiiiiiide to the right key, and then let go. For example:

Here I’m in the middle of writing a text message. I want to write “Stop it” and I’ve gotten as far as the “S.” When I go for the “t” I miss and land on the “r.”

You can see it in the picture below.
Do I accept that “r” and then delete it and then try for the “t” again? No! Instead, when I see that “R” indicating that I hit the wrong letter I simply sliiiiiiide over one letter, wait for the “T” to show, and then I let go. Ahhhh– that feels good.

Here’s what it looks like.

This technique works other places too. Here’s one example that I use all the time: in Contacts, you get that TINY A-Z list at the right.

Supposedly you’re able to touch a letter in that list and jump to the that letter in your Contacts file. More times than not I don’t land where I want to– but with the sliiiiiiiide technique I just keep my finger down and sliiiiiiide to the proper letter, and then let go.

Here’s what it looks like when you touch and HOLD (yes, the list turns gray):

Keep the “sliiiiiide” technique in mind for the next time you touch the wrong spot on your iPhone’s screen. It makes correcting an error as easy as making one.

I have likened this method to playing checkers: your move isn’t official until you let go. Maybe that will help you remember.

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