How to use gestures for undo, cut, copy, and paste in iOS 13

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 bring new three-finger gestures to make manipulating text easier than ever. Follow along for a look at how to use the new gestures for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo on iPhone and iPad.

Shake to undo has been a sore point for many iOS users (particularly awkward on iPad), and this year iOS 13 brings a great alternative with new three-finger gestures. In addition to undo and redo options, the new gestures bring support for cut, copy, and paste.

iOS 13 is currently only available as a developer beta, but Apple says the public beta will be arriving in July. Keep in mind it’s usually not ideal to run a beta on your primary iPhone as there will be various bugs, instability, and issues like decreased battery life.

The gestures below work great paired with the new option to double-tap and select text in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

iOS 13: How to use the new gestures for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo on iPhone and iPad

  1. Copy: three-finger pinch
  2. Cut: three-finger double pinch
  3. Paste: three-finger pinch out (expand)
  4. Undo: three-finger swipe left (or three-finger double tap)
  5. Redo: three-finger swipe right
  6. Shortcut menu: three-finger single tap

When you successfully use one of the three-finger gestures in iOS 13, you’ll see a confirmation at the top of your screen. Here’s how this looks on iPhone:

three-finger gestures iOS 13 iPhone iPad

three-finger gestures iPhone iPad iOS 13 undo, cut, copy, paste

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:

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