You use your iPhone to type everything from notes, messages to emails. If your iPhone is your main communication device, you spend a surprising amount of time with the keyboard. But do you know about the 3D Touch gesture that will transform the keyboard into a trackpad? Or the fact that there’s a hidden one-handed keyboard mode? No? That’s what we’re here for. Read on to find out all the best tips and tricks for the iPhone keyboard.
One of the best things about the iPhone Plus model is just how roomy the keyboard is. For a big guy like me, thumb typing on a Plus model is pure joy. But that might not be the case for everyone. And when I’m trying to type with just one finger, even I find the 5.5 inch screen too much to handle. Usually, I have to resign to switching to a third party keyboard that supports gesture typing. But that’s going to change in iOS 11.
If you are a two-thumbed typist on your mobile device, then you are likely quite fast at it. But, if you still use your one index finger to type texts and emails, you are probably the opposite. Luckily, you can speed up the time it takes you to type and reduce errors at the same time with the SwiftKey Keyboard. This responsive and helpful app will have you swiping to a more productive experience in no time.
Swiftkey for iOS has been updated by the developers with an interesting addition – emoji predictions. This basically predicts the kind of emoji that would be appropriate depending on the words you type. Google’s Gboard on iOS has a similar feature where you can look for all the relevant emoji by searching for them right on the keyboard. The stock iOS keyboard also has some form of emoji search on board, so this isn’t very new.
In iOS 10, the QuickType keyboard will give you auto correct suggestions for multiple languages that you have enabled. This means you can write in multiple languages, without switching to a different keyboard. Type a word in another language and you should see it as a suggestion up top.
There are all sorts of keyboard apps for iPhone. You could go for a classic like SwiftKey which will give you gesture-based typing and a much superior autocomplete feature. Or you can install Gboard, the recently released keyboard app from Google that puts the Google search bar right inside your keyboard. And that’s just the start. If you want to get all productive, you can literally use apps like Dropbox right from the keyboard. We’ve talked about crazy productive keyboard apps in a previous article.
iOS 8 first added support for third party keyboards. Since then, there have been third-party keyboards of all sorts. Starting with the obvious like SwiftKey, to the delightful stuff that is the PopKey GIF keyboard. Now, with giants like Microsoft and Google getting in on the custom keyboard game, things are starting to heat up. While I admit that my experience with third party keyboards hasn’t been the best, that hasn’t stopped developers from innovating in this field.
The pitch for Gboard, Google’s first official custom keyboard for iOS sounds weird at first. You are releasing a keyboard to battle the perils of multitasking? But if you spend a majority of your time on your iPhone in chat apps, it makes sense.
I foresee a future where the need for the alphabet will be a relic of the past. Emojis and emoticons have moved beyond their humble beginnings and have become a part of everyday communications between people and even brands. While we showed Star Trek fans how to get their Spock emoji before its release in iOS 9, there is one thing we did not show you guys just yet. There is a little known, keyboard that you can enable right now to get even more emoticons on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Let’s check it out.