Did you know that you can now drag text to your iPhone or iPad keyboard? This feature is enabled by default, but if you haven’t tried it yet, give it a try! You may be surprised at how easy (and fast) it is to type.
Let’s take a look at QuickPath, Apple’s fancy name for its version of slide-out keyboard keyboards that Android owners have been using for most of a decade. Some people may call this sliding writing or slide writing; it’s the same.
Apple allowed for the first time third party keyboards on the App Store with the launch of iOS 8 in 2014. Swipe-to-type keyboards were available early, so iPhone and iPad owners have been able to use this typing style for nearly a decade. .
With his arrival iOS 13 Yes iPadOS 13, Apple has finally added this functionality to its native iOS keyboard. The function is currently activated which is updated to iOS 13.
When you drag the type, you do not have to lift your finger from the keyboard between keystrokes. It is especially useful when writing with one hand. It is also usually faster than two-handed typing, due to the much higher error rate when using your thumbs.
People prefer to write in different ways. Sliding writing is pretty good in practice, but you may have to go back and correct what you slip.
Try it and see which one you prefer. The good thing is that you can now use both typing methods and switch whenever you want.
How to type by swiping your finger on the iPhone
Using QuickPath may require some practice, but it is very intuitive once you get up to speed. To get started, grab your iPhone and enter a few simple words or sentences.
Suppose you want to type the word «iPhone». Place your finger on «I» and then slide your finger on «P», «H» and the rest of the letters in order, without lifting your finger from the screen. When you’re done, your device should capitalize «P» thanks to auto-correction.
When you swipe, create a pattern that your device will recognize and trust in the future. To test this, type «iPhone» again, but this time, do it much faster. You don’t have to pause on any letter; go as fast as you want.
After each word, iOS also introduces a space for you so you can continue to drag the next word.
How to use Swipe to type on iPad
You cannot use QuickPath by default on the full-width iPad keyboard. However, dragging your finger across the width of the iPad would not be very convenient. However, you can use QuickPath if you enable it keyboard Miniature floating iPad , which you can pull to reposition.
To do this, pinch inward (as if magnified) on the default full-width iPad keyboard. You will see a smaller keyboard that you can then drag on the screen and drag the text.
To return to the larger keyboard, pinch (as if you had shrunk) the smaller keyboard.
Words with double letters
When using QuickPath, treat the double letters (such as the two Ps in «Apple» or the two T’s in «Letter») as a single letter. For example, to drag the «Apple» type, you would start with «A», slide your finger to «P» and then move to «L» and end with «E».
The predictive engine in the QuickPath center adds the extra letter (in most cases). «Too much» is an obvious exception; QuickPath often uses «to» instead. However, it is context dependent, so it is often corrected only as you continue to type.
For example, if you type «hurts» and the next word is «too much,» iOS will use «too much» instead and correct the entire sentence. However, if your next word is «walk», no correction is made.
Most of the time, you should be able to write naturally and be confident that your device will work fine.
What happens if QuickPath gets the wrong word?
If you anticipate that QuickPath will receive the wrong word, you can pause at any time after you type it and look at the QuickType suggestion box (the three suggested words that appear above the keyboard depending on what your phone thinks it means) .
Usually, the correct word will appear in the QuickType field. However, to change a word, you just have to tap it. Your iPhone will learn from the corrections you make, so (hopefully) you shouldn’t do as much in the future.
The context has the greatest impact on the word your iPhone will choose in this case. For example, when I type «swipe», my device corrects it to «sweep», probably because it’s a more common word. The word «sweep» also has an associated emoji, which could also affect selection.
How to access numbers, punctuation and symbols
One point that can slow you down when you slide with lightning speed is the score. Fortunately, there is a quick way to select numbers, punctuation, and a few common symbols.
Simply tap and hold the «123» button to switch to symbol view, then swipe to the number, symbol, or punctuation you want to use. Release your finger on it and it will appear in the text field. The keyboard then returns to normal typing mode, so you can continue the message.
You can still access long press symbols (such as º below the 0 key) when using this method. To do this, simply hover your cursor over the key for a second. Unfortunately, if you need one of the darker symbols on the second page, you’ll need to lift your finger.
How to select an emoji
Selecting an emoji can be difficult when dragging QuickPath. However, it also slows down regular typing. The best remedy is to type in the name of the emoji you want to use. It should appear in the QuickType box above the keyboard.
Tap on emoji and it will replace the last word you entered. You can also use this advice when writing regularly. It is much faster than scrolling and searching for a specific emoji. However, it may be necessary to experiment a little to find the correct description of the desired emojis.
Sliding keyboards from third parties
Sliding third-party keyboards for iOS have been around for almost a decade. And many of them (Swype, SwiftKey from Microsoft and Gboard from Google) were available on Android before. Before launching iOS 13, you had to use a third-party option to drag the type onto an Apple device.
Now that the feature is available on iOS natively, there’s no great reason to use a third-party keyboard for typing. Another reason why one is not used is because privacy many third-party keyboards require ‘full access’ to provide the full range of functions.
«Full access» means that the keyboard can see what you are typing, rather than just recording the equivalent keys on the system keyboard. This allows the keyboard developer to do things like implement a custom dictionary or search engine functionality.
If you have a GIF keyboard installed, you also need full access to search for a GIF.
The problem with full access is that you have to take the word of the developer that what you write will not be collected, stored or used in any way. When two of these developers are Google and Microsoft, it is understandable to hesitate before allowing them this type of access.
Microsoft now owns it Shortcut key, which is probably the best known sliding keyboard. It is now available for free on all platforms. Google’s intention is Gboard, which has a Google search function, translation services and some pretty great themes. Another option is Flex, which focuses on gross speed.
Turn off the slide for writing
If you don’t want to use QuickPath, you’ll probably never meet it, even if it’s enabled. If you want to turn it off, go to Settings> General> Keyboard and turn off ‘Swipe to key’.
QuickPath wasn’t the only keyboard enhancement introduced by Apple with iOS 13. Be sure to check out the full range of editing gestures from text now available on iPhone or iPad and impress your friends (or simply become a better typist).