How to Type On iPhone With Long Nails

There is nothing as frustrating as trying to do a lot of things but you are limited by your long nails (ahhhhh). Nothing is as annoying as trying to eat, cream your body, do laundry, or type, especially typing with your long nails and it’s like it’s next to impossible.

Imagine you have to choose between your long beautiful, amazing, exquisite nails and typing on your phone. No, I cannot even begin to imagine. Both of them are very important so we have to make it work especially when you are using your iPhone.

So, what exactly do you do? Do you go back to short nails or do you stop using smartphones? For this reason, I have decided that we need to end the clash between the nails and the phone. I have put together a step-by-step guide on how to type on your iPhone with your long nails.

How to Type On iPhone With Long Nails

You can do the following if you have long nails and need to type on your iPhone:

How To Type On iPhone With Long Nails

1. Use Your Finger Pad

You can use your finger pad to type if you have long nails. Simply hold your hand at a flatter angle so that the end of the finger touches the screen. This will get the nails out of the way and you can type whatever you want.

2. Use the Side of Your Fingers

If your nails are so long they will touch your screen before your fingers do making it almost impossible for you to type. You can make use of the sides of your fingers. This maneuver will make your nails lie down and you can type with little hindrance or effort.

3. Use Your Thumb

You can also use your thumb. It is the shortest finger you have and your long nails should not be as much hindrance when using your thumb. This might take a bit of getting used to because it won’t be easy at first.

4. Place Your Phone on the Table and Type

You can also adopt the method of putting your phone on the table to type with your finger. This can be very slow so you should only consider using this method if you are not in a hurry.

5. Use a Stylus Pen

If you still have issues using your long nails, you may consider a stylus pen. A stylus pen will make typing easier and much more pleasant for you. No more frustration about making mistakes or opening the wrong app. So you might have to use a Stylus pen if you still have typing issues.

Note that each of these methods can be frustrating at first. You will realize you are sloppy and even make mistakes but as time passes, you will be able to do it better and still keep your long nails at the same time.

How To Type On Keyboard With Long Nails

Typing with long nails is not limited to your iPhone or smartphone. There are times when you need to type on your laptop or your keyboard too. So what do you do to make work easier for you to type without getting frustrated? Here are a number of things you can do:

1. Get a Typing Pattern That Will Work for You

Normally, we type with our fingertips but the presence of your long nails will make it difficult for you to make use of your fingertips smoothly. Your long nails will keep getting in the way. This can make typing hurt, frustrating, and even break your beautiful nails

Instead of typing with your fingertips, start trying with your finger pads. This allows you to put your fingers horizontally on the keys. Your nails will also not hit the next row as you type. This can be very hard at first, but with proper practice, you will become a pro at typing with your finger pads.

2. Maintain a Good Posture

Your sitting posture also matters a lot. Sit up and make sure your hands are resting flat on your keyboard, make sure there is no strain on your wrists or fingers. This position will help you to type easier and better with your long nails.

3. Mimic a Pianist

You see how pianists play the piano keys. The fingers delicately and minimally move on the keyboard, with little exertion of effort for every movement their fingers make. This method is very effective, it will help you to bend your fingers less and makes it easier for you to type on your keyboard.

4. Get a Hand Placement Chart

The modern QWERTY keyboard has a suggested protocol for as many people that uses the keyboard. You can get this keyboard and keep reviewing it to see if your typing pattern fits with the technique they have recommended. If not, try to adjust your hand posture to fit. This will make typing a bit easier for you.

I will also recommend that you keep trying over and over again especially if you are just fixing long nails for the first time. These suggestions will only work when you keep practicing them even outside of work. The more you practice, the more you create a typing pattern that works for you and makes it easy for you to use your long nails effectively.

Best Nail Shapes For Typing on iPhone

Your nail shapes can also determine how typing will be for you. It’s not just about having long nails but which one will be best for typing. So when you are getting your long nails, you can look out for the following shapes;

1. Round Nails

If you are just fixing long nails for the first time then it will be nice to go with round nails. They can ease you into typing and gradually it gets better. This is because round nails fit more with natural nails and can ease you into the world of typing and natural nails.

2. Oval Nail

Oval nails are a step up from your “play-it-safe” round nails. This nail shape can also help you to adjust to typing with longer nails.

3. Square Nails

These are not only long, but their width can also cause problems when typing with them. Because of them, you will likely keep pressing the wrong buttons. When starting with them, it is advisable to not let them be too long as this can discourage you then as time goes on you can make them longer.

4. Stiletto Nails

Stiletto nails are usually very long and pointed. They can be very inconvenient and frustrating. But because they tend to be slim and narrow, it makes it easier to type with them without hitting the wrong buttons every time you try to type.

Basically, these nail shapes can be used when typing, though some can be a real problem when they are too long because there is no way to maneuver them when you want to type with them. The more you practice with them, the fewer mistakes you make.

Things To Note When Typing With Long Nails

We have already established that typing with long nails can be tiring, exhausting, and frustrating. If you are not patient enough you may decide to do away with long nails completely. To become better at it, you have to put in the work, and here are some of the things you need to do.

1. Precision is Better Than Speed

When you are using long nails to type it is important to know that you will have to sacrifice your speed for precision. Trying to type fast with long nails especially when you haven’t mastered the art will make you frustrated and exhausted. Instead of having to do it all over again, try to start slowly until you can get to do it better and faster.

2. Practice Makes Perfect

There is no way to learn how to use your long nails to type in a day. It takes practice. You might need to work with different typing patterns to find out which one will work for you.

When you do, it becomes easier to type and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a part of you. Keep trying as many times as possible, this will make you perfect the art of using your long nails to type.

3. Patience is the Best Virtue

To type with long nails you need to be very patient. The lack of this trait will make you hurt yourself, exhaust yourself, break and chip your nails and make you discouraged. Learning how to use your long nails can take time, be ready to be patient to learn, and maintain the right and proper posture, form, and pattern you need to learn.


Typing with long nails on iPhone can be very discouraging especially because of the screen sensitivity issue but with proper practice, using your finger pad, sides of your fingers, and other maneuvers you will discover it is easy to use your long nails, it’s only a matter of time. Remember, your nail shape also matters a lot.

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