How do you retrieve deleted typing on iPhone?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

To retrieve deleted typing on your iPhone, there are a few methods you can try. One way is to use the Shake to Undo feature. In iOS 13, Apple introduced an alternative method for undoing typing or undoing something you deleted without shaking your device. Instead, you can slide three fingers across the screen from right to left. This gesture triggers the undo action, allowing you to recover the deleted text.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to retrieve deleted typing using the three-finger slide gesture:

1. Open the app or text field where you were typing and accidentally deleted the text.
2. Place three fingers (can be any combination of fingers) on the screen.
3. Slide your fingers from right to left across the screen in a swift motion.
4. The deleted text should now reappear in the text field, effectively undoing the deletion.

It’s important to note that this method works in most text input fields across various apps, including Messages, Notes, Safari, Mail, and many others. However, it may not work universally in all apps, as some developers may choose to override this default gesture with their own functionalities.

If the three-finger slide gesture doesn’t work or if you’re using an older version of iOS that doesn’t support this feature, you can still rely on the traditional Shake to Undo method. Here’s how to use Shake to Undo:

1. Shake your iPhone gently but with enough force to trigger the motion sensors.
2. After shaking, you should see an “Undo Typing” prompt appear on the screen.
3. Tap the “Undo” option, and the deleted text will be restored.

It’s worth mentioning that the Shake to Undo feature can sometimes be accidentally triggered, leading to unintended undo actions. If you find this happening frequently, you can disable the Shake to Undo feature in the Settings app. Navigate to “Accessibility” -> “Touch” -> “Shake to Undo” and toggle it off.

If you accidentally delete or erase some text on your iPhone, you have multiple options to retrieve it. The three-finger slide gesture introduced in iOS 13 provides an alternative to the traditional Shake to Undo method. However, if these methods don’t work or aren’t available, you may need to rely on other means like checking for auto-saved drafts or manually retyping the lost text.