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Stop Shaking! Replace “Shake to Undo” with a Simple 3-Finger Swipe

One of the most strange gestures on the iPhone and iPad is “shake to undo.” Let’s face it; it just looks odd when you want to undo something you just did on your iPhone and you have to shake it like you are priming a can of spray paint or making a martini!

Today we’ll show you how to turn off “shake to undo” and replace it with a new gesture.

The way that “shake to undo” works is that if you make a mistake while doing something, you can shake your iPhone or iPad to have it undo your last action. That’s fine, but if you accidentally move your device around or if you’re working on it while someone else is driving and you’re on a bumpy road, it can undo things you didn’t want undone! By the way, shaking a 12.9-inch iPad Pro to undo something is pretty absurd-looking.

To turn off shake to undo…

…launch Settings on your iPad or iPhone. Scroll down to Accessibility, tap it, and then tap Touch. About three-quarters of the way down this screen, you’ll see a button for “Shake to Undo” (see red arrow in the screenshot below). Tap it, so it goes from green to white, and you’ve disabled that feature.

Tap the Shake to Undo button in Accessibility > Touch to disable the feature
Tap the Shake to Undo button in Accessibility > Touch to disable the feature

Apple added a new gesture to iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 that can be used to replace shake to undo. It’s a three-finger swipe from right to left. As an example, let’s say you’re typing and decide to delete the last word. Using three fingers on either hand, swipe from right to left on the iPhone or iPad screen, and the last change is undone (Undo – see image below).

Swipe from right to left with three fingers to undo an action
Swipe from right to left with three fingers to undo an action

If you want the original back again, do a three-finger swipe from left to right to bring it back (Redo – see screenshot below).

Swipe from left to right with three fingers to redo an action
Swipe from left to right with three fingers to redo an action

So that’s it! No more looking like a fool shaking your iPhone or iPad when you want to undo something on the device. Just disable the feature under accessibility settings and use the three-finger swipe gesture.

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Steve is the publisher of Apple World Today, a website providing news, reviews and how-tos for the world of Apple, as well as an author on The Rocket Yard. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist.

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