If you’re looking for an alternative to your smartphone or tablet’s standard keyboard, Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard—available on iOS or Android—can be an attractive option. SwiftKey, originally released in 2010, brings artificially intelligent typing predictions, extensive customization and varied typing style options to your mobile device. Whether you’re looking for a new keyboard to type more efficiently, or just looking for a nicer theme, our tips and tricks will help you get the most out of SwiftKey.
Please note that some SwiftKey features are only available on Android devices.
Backup and sync your settings (Android & iOS)
Before customizing SwiftKey for your device, make sure to set up the application̵
Add a number row (Android & iOS)
Tired of going to a submenu to type numbers? With SwiftKey, you are just a few taps away from adding a row of numbers to your keyboard on both platforms. To enable the number row on Android, launch the app and tap Layout and keys > Number row and enable it. On iOS, tap Settings >Number row and turn on the controls.
Enable Classic SwiftKey Gestures (Android and iOS)
If you’re not a fan of SwiftKey’s Flow feature, which lets you type a word by simply sliding your finger between the letters, try the classic SwiftKey mode. To disable SwiftKey Flow and switch to classic mode, launch the Swiftkey app and navigate to the Typing > Gesture Input > Gestures section on Android or the Microsoft SwiftKey Flow control on iOS. Use the radio button to select the Gestures on Android option, which enables classic Swiftkey mode, which allows you to swipe left on the keyboard to delete a word, down to minimize the keyboard and up to capitalize . For iOS, just disable the controls.
Customize your keyboard theme (Android & iOS)
SwiftKey allows you to customize how your keyboard looks. You can choose from many professionally designed preset themes or build your own keyboard from scratch. To select a keyboard theme, open the Swiftkey app and then select the Themes option. Browse the built-in selection of keyboard themes and choose your favorite by tapping on it. If you want to get more personal, select the Design your theme option at the top to create a keyboard from an image of your photos.
Enable Multiple Languages (Android & iOS)
Are you multilingual? SwiftKey keyboard facilitates the use of multiple languages for autocorrect and dictionary precision. To add additional keyboard language profiles, open the SwiftKey app and select languages, and from here you can choose and download any additional language options. Android users can select up to five languages, while iOS users can select two. If your language uses a different keyboard layout, such as AZERTY instead of QWERTY, you can effortlessly switch between the layouts by holding down the spacebar.
Saving clips to the clipboard (Android and iOS)
Wish you could save content you copy to a clipboard that lasts longer? SwiftKey includes a powerful built-in clipboard that can store text for up to an hour. To access your clipboard and paste content from it, start by opening the keyboard and tapping Rich Input > Clipboard, where you will find all your saved clips from the past hour. On iOS, go to Settings > Clipboard to enable it. Or tap Add a new clip to save something.
Make your keyboard float (Android)
Let’s say you don’t want your keyboard to be anchored to the bottom of the screen. You can float it to any position you want, but only if you’re using an Android phone. Unlock the keyboard and then tap the three dots icon on the toolbar. Go to Modes > Hover and tap and drag the two lines at the bottom to move the keyboard. To re-dock your keyboard, drag it back to the bottom of your screen.
Check your stats (Android & iOS)
Want to see how SwiftKey has improved your typing experience? On Android, go to Typing > Typing Statistics and check out the different categories SwiftKey keeps track of. On iOS, just launch the app and scroll down. With usage statistics, you can view your Type Map to see how your keyboard has adapted behind the scenes to match your typing style, how many typos the keyboard has corrected, the distance your finger has traveled with the Flow feature, the number of words predicted and more.
Insert Emojis, GIFs, and Photos (Android and iOS)
Trying to express your emotion through text, but need a GIF or emoji to get the point across? SwiftKey lets you quickly insert an emoji, GIF, or image from your camera roll with a single tap. With the keyboard open, select the toolbar by tapping the plus (+) icon and then select the type of media you want to insert. When you select a GIF or emoji, you can manually search for the content or use the search bar.
Enable Arrow Keys for Navigation (Android)
If you’re looking for arrow keys to make text navigation easier, look no further. Just launch the SwiftKey app on your device and select Layout and Keys > Arrow Keys. When enabled, your keyboard displays arrow keys at the bottom of the screen, which you can use to navigate through large documents or any other text field.