How to set up SwiftKey on Android

We all know that typing can be frustrating at times - dealing with typos, long words, and the inevitable autocorrect fails. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you get SwiftKey set up and working seamlessly. 

  1. Customizing SwiftKey
  2. Languages
  3. Personalizing and backing up your words
  4. Customizing your keyboard

1 - Customizing SwiftKey

One of our top tips to get SwiftKey working for you is to really get to know your way around the SwiftKey Hub and Settings - i.e. the command centre.

SwiftKey Hub

The SwiftKey Hub is designed to be the home for all of the content and features you use most often. You can tap or slide on the ‘hamburger’ menu on the top left of the keyboard for quick access to Personalization, Themes, and other Settings.

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For more detailed information on the Hub please see this article.

SwiftKey Settings

Many of the settings you'll use on a day-to-day basis can be found in the SwiftKey Hub. But for complete control you'll want to open the SwiftKey Settings proper.

From the SwiftKey Hub:

  • Tap ‘More’, followed by the gear icon

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Or:

  • Open the SwiftKey app directly from your device

Within these settings, you’ll be able to really fine-tune SwiftKey and also set up things such as your language packs/layouts, your sound/vibration options, and your text correction preferences.

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2 - Languages

SwiftKey supports in excess of 200 languages, so, even if you speak more than one, there’s a good chance we support yours! Also, you can type in up to five languages at once, so this means less frustrations switching and more time spent typing to the ones you love.

Downloading/Enabling languages

First things first, where to download and enable your languages?

This can be done from the ‘Languages’ section in SwiftKey Settings (either accessed from the SwiftKey Hub > More, or from opening the app from your device):

  • You’ll see a long list of available languages and simply need to tap one to download.
  • Downloaded languages will be automatically enabled, and you can enable up to three languages at once.

Setting Language Layout

It may be that you wish to type in German, but with a QWERTY keyboard layout, or in English with a QWERTZ layout. So, how to change your language layout?

This can also be done from the ‘Languages’ section in SwiftKey Settings. Once you have downloaded a language pack, simply tap the box underneath to see a list of available layouts and choose the one you want.

If you’d like to learn more about using SwiftKey with more than one language, please see this explanation with video.

3 - Personalizing and backing up your words

Turbo charge your SwiftKey experience right from the beginning with a SwiftKey Account.

SwiftKey Account

Your SwiftKey Account is a free opt-in service that enhances SwiftKey Keyboard by leveraging the power of the cloud. As part of this, you can:

  • Instantly tailor your predictions to you, by letting SwiftKey learn from the way you type on a range of social networks (including Facebook and Twitter).
  • Safely store your most used words and sync them across all your devices (never lose your learned words again).

All you need to perform this magic is to:

  • Create a SwiftKey Account (either accessed from the SwiftKey Hub > Account, or from opening the app from your device).
  • Tap ‘Personalization’ and choose which locations you’d like SwiftKey to learn from (you can come back at any time and do this again).
  • Ensure ‘Backup & Sync’ is enabled.

Privacy and Data Security

It’s important for you to know that we take privacy and data security extremely seriously. The SwiftKey Account is an opt-in, secure, encrypted service and gives you full control over your data. Our robust Privacy Policy explains and protects your rights and privacy.

For further general reading about the SwiftKey Account, Personalization and Backup & Sync, please continue here.

4 - Customizing your keyboard

SwiftKey offers many options when it comes to customizing your typing experience.

Text Correction

SwiftKey not only corrects your typos, but it also predicts your *next* word (i.e. reads your mind!). Your spacebar plays a big role here, you can set it so it does one of the following:

  • Always inserts the middle prediction
  • Always completes the current word you’re typing
  • Always inserts a space (uncheck 'Autocorrect')

Tip: in each case, you’ll still always be able to enter predictions directly from the prediction bar.

These settings can be found in the ‘Typing’ settings page (either accessed from the SwiftKey Hub > Typing, or from opening the app from your device).

   

Input Methods

If you would like to type by seamlessly gliding your finger across the keyboard, then SwiftKey Flow is something you’ll want to check out. If you want to give it a spin, you can do so from the Typing > Gesture input setting page (accessed by opening the app from your device).

Learn more about Flow here.

 

From the Typing > Voice & Other Input settings you can also choose whether or not you’d like to enable the voice input key to make voice dictation possible.

Keyboard Features

You'll also want to check out the ‘Keys’ settings page - it's accessible either from the SwiftKey Hub > Keys, or from opening the app from your device and tapping Typing > Keys). From here you can choose to add options to your keyboard such as:

  • Arrow keys
  • Number row
  • Emoji prediction
  • Additional accented characters

In addition you can choose the position of your number pad (left or right), and select whether you would like easier access to the enter key or the emoji panel.

For all of you who have a love for precision, you’ll be pleased to know that we also provide you with the option to select your long-keypress duration (i.e. the amount of time you need to press a key to access the secondary key options) - get this, down to the millisecond.

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Sound and Vibration

Whether you love or hate the idea of hearing a sound every time you tap a key, you can adjust your keypress sound and vibration settings under ‘Sound & Vibration’ in the SwiftKey Settings (accessed by opening the app from your device and navigating to Typing > Sound & Vibration). This includes choosing the volume and duration of the sound/vibration, as well as disabling or enabling.

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Want to learn more? Head to our ‘Using the Keyboard’ tutorial.

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