How to set up SwiftKey on iOS

These guides are designed for new users to SwiftKey or those looking to gain a better understanding of features.

We all know that typing can be frustrating at times - dealing with typos, long words, and the inevitable autocorrect fails. We’ve put together these handy guides to help you get SwiftKey set up and working seamlessly, so your keyboard is one less troublesome thing in your life.

This first guide to ‘Setting Up SwiftKey’ will take you through the following:

  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 SwiftKey Settings - i.e. the command centre.

You can access these by opening the SwiftKey app directly from your device.

Within Settings you can really fine tune SwiftKey: set up things like your languages/layouts, key click sounds, your text correction preferences and more. You can even browse and download themes to beautify your keyboard.

OK - now that you know where to find everything, let’s move on to setting up your languages!

2 - Languages

SwiftKey supports over 35 languages on iOS, so, even if you speak more than one, there’s a good chance we support yours! The iOS app also lets you type in up to two languages at once, this means less time spent switching and more time typing to the ones you love.

Downloading/Enabling languages

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

You’ll find this in the ‘Languages’ section in SwiftKey Settings (accessed by opening the app from your device):

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


Check out this article for a more detailed explanation.

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 press ‘switch layout’ 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 article.

3 - Personalizing and backing up your words

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

SwiftKey Account

The SwiftKey Account is a free opt-in service that enhances your 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 learned language data and sync it across all your devices (never lose your learned language data again!).

All you need to perform this magic is to:

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

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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 that gives you full control over your data. Our robust Privacy Policy explains and protects your rights and privacy.

For further information about the SwiftKey Account, Personalization and Backup & Sync, please see here.

OK - keep going, you’re almost there! 

4 - Customizing your keyboard

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

Text correction

One of the coolest things about SwiftKey is that it not only corrects your typos (and therefore saves you from multiple embarrassments), but it also predicts your *next* word (i.e. reads your mind!).

Now, you may be someone who loves mashing your fingers on the keyboard and having it be translated into intelligible words. Or you may instead be a very careful typist who wants full control. Do not fear - SwiftKey allows you to choose whether or not you want autocorrect turned on.

This option can be found in the 'Settings’ panel (accessed from the SwiftKey Settings by opening the app from your device).

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


SwiftKey Flow

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!

You can learn more about Flow later on in the guide (or check out this article if you just can’t wait) but for now, you can give it a spin from the ‘Settings’ panel (accessed from SwiftKey Settings by opening the app from your device).

Key Click Sounds

Whether you love or hate the idea of hearing a sound every time you tap a key, you can enable or disable key clicks under ‘Settings’ in the SwiftKey Settings (accessed by opening the app from your device).

Please note that if keyboard clicks are turned off in Apple settings > Sounds, this will not affect the settings selected in SwiftKey. However, muting ‘Ringer and Alerts’ in Apple settings > Sounds, will also mute SwiftKey’s key click.

For more detailed information, including a video, please see this article.

If you want to learn more move on to our ‘Using the Keyboard’ tutorial.

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