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How to right-click on your iPhone to access shortcuts and other functions

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How to right-click on your iPhone to access shortcuts and other functions

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  • You can right-click on an iPhone in a similar way you would on a computer to access shortcuts and other functions. 
  • Instead of physically clicking, you’ll simply hold one finger in place for about a second on your iPhone screen. 
  • With this right-click feature, you can highlight text to copy and paste it in different areas, insert photos or videos in emails, and share web pages. 
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The right-click has revolutionized how we use our computers.

In one swift motion, you can summon the most applicable shortcuts and functions on the web and on your desktop.

Fortunately, the advantages of right-clicking aren’t limited to larger screens — your iPhone’s touch screen boasts several of the same right-click features as a computer mouse.

Here’s how to master the art of right-clicking on your iPhone, with just one finger.

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How to right-click on an iPhone screen

To right-click on an iPhone, rather than tap the screen, you’ll hold your finger in place for about a second.

The right-click functions are available over text, hyperlinks, or in a place where text can be entered, like drafting a Tweet.


If you touch and hold text, it will highlight and give you options to Cut, Copy, Paste, Replace, Look Up, or Share the text. You can also manipulate the cursor to highlight more or less of the surrounding text.


If you touch and hold your finger on a space where text can occupy, you’ll see options to Select and Select All. If you have text copied to your clipboard, you’ll also see the option to Paste.

You can also touch and hold a hyperlink when in Safari.


A window will preview the linked page. A pop-up menu below will give you options that include “Open in New Tab,” or “Add to Reading List.”

Last but not least, if you tap and hold the iPhone screen when composing an email, you get the most substantial right-click taskbar available, with options presented to Copy, Paste, Insert Photo or Video, and more.


Tap the arrows to see the full range of right-clicking functions for email.

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