BetterTextSelection makes precise paragraph text selection possible on iOS

By , Sep 21, 2016


There are a lot of people who get away with using iOS‘ text selection just fine, but there are others who hate the way it’s implemented and find using it to be a pain in the hind quarters.

A new free jailbreak tweak release called BetterTextSelection aims to make the text selection feature in iOS a little more precise, especially in the context of selecting large excerpts of text from blocky paragraphs on a web page.

In any WebKit-enabled app on your iPhone or iPad, or simply in Safari, you might notice that when you try and select a large portion of a paragraph, such as around 80% of it, the selection grabbers will automatically encase the entire paragraph, as shown above on the left.

For many, this is an unacceptable assumption that we want to select the entire paragraph, and BetterTextSelection, which is the answer given for a disgruntled iOS user on /r/jailbreak, does away with that silly assumption to make it easier to fine-grain your text selection from blocky paragraphs.

Once you install this tweak, you will be able to precisely choose your text selection in any paragraph in WebKit-enabled apps each and every time without iOS automatically selecting the entire paragraph on you, as shown above on the right.

This does away with having your text selection grabbers jumping all around the screen when you don’t want them to, and prevents you from having to start over with iOS’ cumbersome text selection feature every time it doesn’t work to your liking.

BetterTextSelection is available completely free of cost from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and it doesn’t have any options to configure, so if you’re jailbroken and share the same views as this Reddit poster, download this tweak and you’re set to go.

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  • The kind of tweak that shouldn’t exist because poor text selection in iOS shouldn’t be a thing to begin with

    • Jayy

      Agreed 100% it’s like apple doesn’t even know. I seriously thought it was just my phone since I’m Jailbroken. Come to find out it’s just iOS.

  • Jayy

    After using it, it’s day and night. It makes selecting text sooo easy!

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  • Leslie Bee

    So many times I’ve wondered whether Apple employees actually use their own products. This is a prime example.

    Something is clearly not right at Apple. Or have they all drunk their own Apple Kool-Aid?

    “Because we’ve always done it that way.”
    “Not invented here.”
    “You just have to get used to the way Apple does things.”
    “Apple knows best.”
    “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”
    etc. etc. etc…