How to enable the iPhone 6s’ keyboard trackpad mode on older jailbroken iPhones

By , Dec 2, 2015

Motus

If you have an older jailbroken iPhone like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s, then you’re missing out on one of the best features made possible by 3D Touch featured on the iPhone 6s. Thanks to 3D Touch, the iPhone 6s’ keyboard trackpad mode allows users to swipe on the keyboard to position the cursor accurately when typing or editing text.

The good news is that a newly release jailbreak tweak, found on up-and-coming developer collective Creatix’s beta repo, brings some of the keyboard trackpad features to older devices. 

First and foremost, you’ll need to add Creatix’s beta repo to your list of Cydia sources. His repo is as follows: repo.ioscreatix.com

Once the repo is added, download the tweak entitled Motus. Once the tweak is installed, a swipe on the keyboard will enable trackpad mode, allowing you to precisely position the cursor.

Unlike other popular tweaks like SwipeSelection, Motus uses Apple’s built-in trackpad mode, so it works similarly to how it does on compatible iOS 9 devices.

Creatix says that you can use a single-finger swipe on the keyboard to invoke trackpad mode, and while that’s true, you may at times have to engage with a two-finger swipe to jumpstart trackpad mode. I also find that highlighting text isn’t nearly as possible as it is on the iPhone 6s, or even the 3D Touch-less iPad Air 2. Because of the way the trackpad mode is invoked, it makes it difficult at this point to use highlighting at all.

Motus is available for free, and begins working immediately after installation. There or no options or settings that you need to configure in order to start using it. It’s a tweak that needs a little work, but it shows flashes of promise.

What do you think about the trackpad mode found in iOS 9? Do you think such a feature is useful on older devices?

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  • Deadstock Draws

    Def not working for me 🙁 what am I doing wrong?

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      Just figured out how to make it work. Take your iPhone 6, drop it down the crapper, tell your wife you need a new phone, buy a 6S.

      Merry Christmas!!!

      • Deadstock Draws

        Hahahahh SMD

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        That made me chuckle.

    • Jailbreak Guru

      I am the designer of the Creatix (@AOkhtenberg) I can tell you that most people are having problems but we are trying to fix this problem because it has been well known around.

  • Varun Soi

    Swipe selection working great already

    • Jailbreak Guru

      It works with SwipeSelection.

  • bd14u

    shoot! i thought it’s IOS 9.1 jailbreak already

  • techfreak23

    I like that they added that feature, but I still think SwipeSelection works better. One of the things I miss most about a jailbroken iPhone. Apple’s implementation isn’t as accurate as SwipeSelection. I find myself spending more time trying to be precise as to where the cursor actually moves. I like that SwipeSelection seemed to stick to every character, whereas the 3D Touch method is TOO smooth.

    Edit: Also, the text selection would be weird on non 3D Touch enabled devices because you don’t have the pressure sensitivity. That is where SwipeSelection truly shines where you hold the caps button to select text.

    • Iliyan

      Yes, absolutely! I find 3D Touch rather underwhelming on my iPhone 6s, to be honest. I was initially very enthusiastic about this particular application when I got my phone, thinking I wouldn’t need to jailbreak any more. Boy was I wrong. As soon as the 9.0.X jailbreak came out, I put back SwipeSelection and have been happily swiping ever since.

      The biggest annoyance with the 3D Touch cursor movement is that if you accidentally tap lightly on the screen, you can’t just push harder to activate the cursor movement mode. You have to release the finger, which inputs the selected keyboard character, then delete this character manually, and finally firmly tap again to activate the cursor mode. Almost useless.

      3D Touch also makes it more difficult to long-press now. If a UI control supports both long press and “deep” press, it’s a fine balance with the finger. I’m actually thinking of disabling 3D Touch altogether. It’s anyway just a gimmick at this point… Disappointed….

      • iPhoneWINS

        exactly

      • techfreak23

        I find it useful in other places (Instagram for example), but I do agree that it takes some getting used on the balance of pressure between a tap and a press. I HATE when I have to release and press again. It makes the process more complicated than it has to be. I even turned the sensitivity down to medium and it’s still doesn’t work every time.

  • Chuck Finley

    How is it different to SwipeSelection?

    SwipeSelection works perfectly tbh.