SwipeSelection, add gesture-based text selection to any iOS device

By : OrestesPap posted on February 19, 2013
Price : $Free
Installer : Cydia Store
Category(s) : Cydia Tweak

How to select text using gestures

I have to admit, messaging and texting on any iOS device is pretty darn good.  Though, selecting text can become a huge pain in the butt.

The SwipeSelection jailbreak tweak allows you to use simple gestures on the keyboard to select text instead.

Daily, I reply to a lot of emails, texts, tweets and Facebook messages. Due to the fact that I spend most of my day outside, I do all my messaging from my iPhone.

When selecting text, I find that the little magnifying glass is a bit inaccurate when selecting the correct letter or word.  The SwipeSelection tweak kills this issue and makes iTexting way more convenient. SwipeSelection allows you to select text, skip words and letters using gestures. Making texting/messaging on the iPhone and iPad a unique experience. So, if you are a iPhone or an iPad owner who messages a lot from his/her device, the SwipeSelection tweak is a ‘must-have’ one.

The SwipeSelection app requires 0 configuration, and best of all, it’s 100% free.

Once installed, it’s enabled. After you install, head to an app which includes the stock iOS keyboard and start using the following gestures :

Let’s take a closer look at its features:

  • Shift Key Gesture

With the Shift Key Gesture the user can highlight text by holding the shift button and by simultaneously swiping from the right to the left, or the opposite, on the keyboard.



  • One Finger Swipe

With this gesture the user can move the cursor slowly, which is more accurate, by swiping with one finger. The cursor moves letter by letter.


  • Two Fingers Swipe

With this gesture, the user can move the cursor faster. It moves word by word and not letter by letter. To enable this gesture the user has to swipe on the keyboard with two fingers.


SwipeSelection definitely makes your life easier with its collection of gestures.

Both the shift key and the one finger swipe gestures work perfectly fine. Though, the two fingers swipe gesture was a little bit annoying as when the user starts the swiping process. By mistake it adds another letter in the texting section because the touch screen gets confused. Having more than one fingers on it in the shame time.

Nevertheless, the tweak is free on the Cydia store under the BigBoss repo, so you don’t lose anything if you give it a try. It’s compatible with iOS 5.x and iOS 6.x and it features both an iPhone and an iPad version. If you have any questions feel free to leavet hem  in the comment section below or hit me up on Twitter, and I’ll make sure to answer to you all.

Rating: 7.8/10

About this Author
Orestes Papanastassiou is a freelance writer based in Thessaloniki, Greece. He has been in the Apple world since 2008, and has been blogging since 2010.