QuickTip – Shake your iPhone to Undo/Redo your Previous Text Edits

It’s time for another QuickTip (a very simple tip about the iPhone or iPod touch). I was reminded of this QuickTip yesterday when making a list in Notes.

QuickTip You can quickly and easily undo and redo text edits by shaking your iPhone. If you delete a portion of your typing, you can shake your iPhone and you will get a pop-up with the option to Undo. When selected, this will bring back the text you deleted.

If you delete more than one portion of test and you shake your iPhone again, you then get the option to Redo or Undo.

This only continues to work as long as the application stays open. Once you close, lets say Notes, you cannot reopen it and “Undo” you last edit.

The Undo feature works basically anywhere you can type. It works to it’s best ability in the Notes application where you can undo and redo any editing that you make. In other applications, it tends to undo everything you typed instead of just undoing the last text edit you made.

I was actually reminded of this QuickTip when I was making a list in my Notes application. I accidentally pasted a long url into my note. I was like, “Man, I really don’t want to sit here and delete this whole thing.” Then I was like, “Wait! I don’t have to” and I just Undid it.

This is a handy little feature that, I think, is easily forgotten about.


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  1. hey i ran into this aswell its kind of a bother……..

    but is anyone else missing the double tap the upper case arrow to get caps lock?
    i am running 3.0 3g iPhone and i cant seem to get it to work……….. i miss that

    any one know a way to get it back or am i the only one with this problem??

  2. cant find the quick tip in cydia ? is there any sources that i was supposed to add ?

  3. Useful tip! Thanks for sharing.

  4. CM Daigle says

    Thanks. On my iPhone I had just answered an email and while answering a text msg somehow deleted the email content. Multi tasking is great and iPhone is great. This undo tip helps me be idiot proof!

  5. This just saved my LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was selecting all text to copy and paste it into another note, and accidentally pasted a URL over hundreds of words of text.

    I had a miniature heart attack, and then went straight to Google to see what to do. Thanks so much for saving my creative writing!!!!!!

  6. Great info, I use note pad Sooo much, however an hour of writting was lost, I used my phone to goggle and did whatever not tobe able to retrieve writting. But after testing it works like magic, ty

  7. This may be obvious, but make sure you are in “edit” mode in notes by tapping inside the note you want to edit for this to work!

  8. Charlie H says

    I just typed up a large message in my notes but when I went to copy it i accidentally clicked paste and deleted the entire thing. I’ve tried shaking my iPod but nothing happens. Can I get a little help? Maybe is there somewhere in the settings that I can change to fix it

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