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
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 purchase 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 30 languages, so, even if you speak more than one, there’s a good chance we support yours! Also, you can type in up to two languages at once, so for all you clever multilinguals (or aspiring ones) this means less time spent switching and more time typing to the ones you love.
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, complete with more pretty pictures and video.
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.
Check out this article for a more detailed explanation, complete with pretty pictures.
If you’d like to learn more about using SwiftKey with more than one language, please see this article.
Now that you’re all set with your languages, we can move on to the exciting world of SwiftKey Cloud!
3 - Personalizing and backing up your words
Do you want to turbo charge your SwiftKey experience right from the beginning (come on, who wouldn’t?!)? If the answer is yes, please do read on. If the answer is no, please do take a moment to reflect...and then, read on.
SwiftKey Cloud is a free opt-in service that enhances SwiftKey Keyboard by leveraging the...wait for it... power of the cloud. As part of this, you can (just for starters):
- Instantly tailor your predictions to you, by letting SwiftKey Cloud 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:
- Sign up to SwiftKey Cloud (accessed by opening the app from your device and tapping ‘My Profile’).
- 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.
Privacy and Data Security
You can also read more about our approach to data security in our Data Security Statement.
For further general reading about SwiftKey Cloud, Personalization and Backup & Sync, please see here.
OK - keep going, you’re very nearly there!
4 - Customizing your keyboard
Do you need the comforting sounds of key clicks when you type, or do they drive you crazy? Are you a bit of a speed demon, or more of a ‘slow and steady wins the race’ kind? Well, the good news is that with SwiftKey, the choice is up to you.
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.
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.
*Congrats*, it’s time to party, you made it to the end! Move on to our ‘Using the Keyboard’ tutorial to level up.