Just your type: Master SwiftKey with these 7 tips

Become the fastest typist in your posse with these time-saving tricks

With millions of users combined on both Android and iOS, SwiftKey is one of the most popular keyboards for handheld devices. Many users prefer SwiftKey for its accurate predictive text that adapts to the way you type (even in multiple languages), synced data and preferences among all your devices, and customisable themes.

While you might be familiar with some of the regular features, we've compiled some useful ones that you may not have come across when using SwiftKey. Here are seven ways to get the most out of your SwiftKey experience.


Before we begin, just a quick note: many of the extra settings can be easily accessed via the SwiftKey Hub, which is represented by the three-line icon on the far left of the prediction bar. 

Tweak long press speeds, sounds and vibrations

If you feel it takes too long or too fast for the number ‘1’ to appear when you hold ‘Q’, you can customise the time it takes as you wish. Head on to SwiftKey Hub > Keys, and you’ll see a slider at the bottom to increase or reduce the long press duration.

You can also adjust key press volume and how long the phone vibrates when you type a letter. Go to SwiftKey Hub > More > Typing > Sound & Vibration and fine-tune as necessary. 

Spacebar does so much more

Venturing into SwiftKey Hub > Typing reveals more options to customise your spacebar. Options include autocorrect (set by default), tapping the spacebar to auto insert the middle prediction, double-tapping to insert a period (.) and auto capitalising after punctuations.

Predict emoji without Swiftmoji

SwiftKey recently released Swiftmoji, which finds and predicts the perfect emoji as you type. Unfortunately, that’s a separate app altogether, but you can have your current SwiftKey predict simple emojis too. In the same SwiftKey Hub > Typing, check ‘Emoji predictions’ and it’ll show emoji alternatives for words you type in the prediction bar.