How to switch keyboards quickly on an iPhone

This iOS tip works anytime you have a keyboard on the screen. Switch between layouts, and switch to and from the one-handed keyboards.

iOS 12 keyboard options

Normally you tap the globe icon on the iPhone and iPad keyboards to switch between the regular keyboard and the emoji one. That’s fine– it works. But, if you tap and HOLD the globe icon, you get a quick way to switch to the one-handed keyboards (left- and right-handed versions), as well as an easy way to switch among multiple keyboard layouts (Bitmoji, anyone?).

First you tap and hold the globe button (assuming you have more than one keyboard installed and activated)…

Tap and hold the globe button in iOS 12

Then you get a bunch of handy options.

Look at all these options!

Author: Christian Boyce

Christian Boyce is a Mac and iPhone expert specializing in teaching people how to use Apple devices better, to get more done with them, and to have more fun doing it. He bought his first Mac (a Mac Plus) in 1986 and his first iPhone in 2007. He's written books and magazine articles, and given seminars at Macworld Expo, MacFair/LA, and the California Computer Expo. Over 30 years in the business.

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