Our mobile devices are not for nothing called communicators. In addition to voice, one of the most popular communication tools is text. Using the virtual keyboard of smartphones, we write comments on social networks, SMS messages, emails. For many people, the iPhone has become a major communication tool. We spend a lot of time behind the keyboard. But this tool has many secrets.

New Keyboard Feature for iPhone

One of the chips of iOS 13 is a new way to enter data using swipes. A similar feature has long existed in the Android world and in some third-party keyboards from the App Store. In this article I will tell you how to activate this feature and how to use iOS keyboard with swiping.

Unfortunately, in iOS 13, swipe input was added only for the following languages:

  • English;
  • Spanish;
  • Italian;
  • Deutsch;
  • Portuguese;
  • Simplified Chinese;
  • French.

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Swipe Input on iPhone

In iOS 13 the Apple added this “innovative” way of typing into the functionality of the built-in keyboard – but, alas, so far only for English.

But if you still want to enable text input with swipes, this is easy to do:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard;
  • Enable the “Slide to Type” option;
  • That’s it, now on the on-screen keyboard with the selected English, you can enter words with swipes.

Note: You can also enable the “Delete Slide-to-Type by Word” option if you wish – in this case, the word entered with gestures will be deleted not by letters, but by the whole.

Using a Third-Party Keyboard on iOS for Swipe Input

For a long time, third-party keyboards for iOS were unpopular due to the effectiveness of the built-in solution. But since then, these tools have clearly improved. The usefulness they provide outweighs the likely problems with reliability.

One of the best third-party keyboards for iOS is Google’s Gboard. It contains a Google search string, typing with gestures, replacing and searching emojis, GIF search and much more. The tool turned out really multifunctional.

After installing the Gboard application or any other third-party keyboard, it must be activated in the system:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> “Add New Keyboard”;
  • Select the installed app.


You can install third-party keyboards from the App Store that support swipe input. In this case, continuous swipe input will work on both iOS 13 and iOS 12. In addition, the chip will be available on the iPad.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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