How to Use the Swype Keyboard on your Android

One of the benefits to Android is that there are numerous ways that you can customize your keyboard to your liking. You can change the keyboard theme, the keyboard size, and the keyboard type.

You can even type in different languages if you’d like. Of all the ways that you can change your keyboard, one of the options that can deeply influence your experience with your keyboard is the typing controls that you choose.

These controls are embedded deep into your Settings, but there is a way to change the typing controls to fit your needs. Follow the directions below to find out.

Enabling Swipe Typing for Default Keyboard

1. Launch your Settings app. In your Android device, the Settings app icon usually resembles a gear in the middle of a gray background. If you can’t locate your Settings app, you will need to swipe up on an empty part of your screen. This will reveal a search bar at the top of your screen that you can use to locate the app in your phone.

Language and Input

2. Once you enter your Settings, you will need to scroll down to tap Language and Input. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, you will need to tap General Management before you tap Language and Input. This setting should be located halfway down the Settings menu.

On-Screen keyboard

3. Once you enter Language and Input, you will see new options related to your keyboard and language settings. Here, you will need to locate the section that says, “On-Screen keyboard.” Tap this section once you find it.

This will take you to the list of all the possible keyboards that are on your phone. Don’t let this confuse you. If you haven’t changed anything, then your phone will have the default keyboard. In the Language and Input section you can look under the Default Keyboard section if you are still confused.

select keyboard

4. Select the keyboard that you’re using on the screen from the list that is presented to you. This will take you to a new screen. You need to make sure that you select the correct keyboard, otherwise, you may or may not have the option to enable the swipe method.

Smart Typing

5. After you enter the new Settings section of that particular keyboard, you will need to tap on the Smart Typing option. You will be taken to more settings for that keyboard that are related to typing.

6. At the bottom of this new screen, you will see a setting that is titled “Keyboard Swipe Controls” and you will need to tap on this. This will reveal a new set of options for your Keyboard Swipe Controls.

Swipe to Type

7. From the new set of options, you will need to tap the circle to the left of the option that says “Swipe to Type.” The bubble will turn blue after you have selected it.

Now, you will be able to use the swipe keyboard. You may also want to consider changing your touch and hold delay in the same section. This option will only affect your keyboard, and you should change it to short if you want your keyboard to respond fast to your touch. You can also choose custom and put in the length in seconds that you want the keyboard to take to respond.

Enabling Swipe Typing for Gboard

One of the other popular keyboards that many use on their Android is the Gboard. Below you will find directions on how to use swipe typing on it.

1. Launch your Settings app. In your Android device, the Settings app icon usually resembles a gear in the middle of a gray background. If you can’t locate your Settings app, you will need to swipe up on an empty part of your screen. This will reveal a search bar at the top of your screen that you can use to locate the app in your phone.

2. Once you enter your Settings, you will need to scroll down to tap Language and Input. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, you will need to tap General Management before you tap Language and Input. This setting should be located halfway down the Settings menu.

3. Once you enter Language and Input, you will see new options related to your keyboard and language settings. Here, you will need to locate the section that says, “On-Screen keyboard.” Tap this section once you find it. This will take you to the list of all the possible keyboards that are on your phone.

Gboard keyboard

4. Select the Gboard keyboard. This will take you to a new white settings screen.

Enable glide typing

5. In the middle of the new screen, you will need to locate the settings option that says, “Glide Typing.” Once you choose this, you will be taken to a menu with new options.

6. At the top of this menu, you will see the option that says, “Enable glide typing.” There is a switch to the right of this section. Tap it to turn it into the on position, which will turn it blue.

There are also other options that you may consider turning on with the Gboard. Beneath the option to enable the glide typing, you should turn on the gesture trail so that you can see where your swipe has been on the screen.

You may also want to enable deleting words with a swipe to the left or even turning on gesture control so that you can move the cursor on the screen by sliding your finger across the space bar.