FAQs
    Help! My predictions have disappeared

    Your predictions are associated with your SwiftKey Account, and go with you when 'Backup & Sync' is enabled.

    Note: Your SwiftKey Usage Stats don't transfer across devices, so if you've recently installed SwiftKey on a new device, you might wrongly assume your predictions have disappeared. 

    A good test would be to begin typing an email address (or other such phrase unique to you). If SwiftKey is not returning the expected result, this might be cause for further investigation.

    In this instance, we recommend trying the following steps in order:

    Logout of your SwiftKey Account

    1. Open the SwiftKey App and select 'Account'
    2. Tap 'Account'
    3. Choose 'Logout from this device'
    4. Restart your device
    5. Open SwiftKey and log back into your SwiftKey Account

    Start typing and see if your predictions have been restored.

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    If you're still having trouble follow the steps below:

    Check Backup & Sync

    1. Open the SwiftKey App and select 'Account'
    2. Tap 'Account'
    3. Choose 'Backup & Sync'
    4. Check to see when a sync last took place (it should be within the last day). Toggle the button to force a sync.

    Start typing and see if your predictions have been restored.

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    How do I make SwiftKey my default keyboard on iOS?

    In some situations, the keyboard will revert to the iOS default keyboard. These include (but are not limited to):

    • Returning to an app after locking the device
    • Creating a new message in iMessage
    • Switching between apps
    • Entering password/credit card information (to ensure your privacy and the protection of your personal information)

    There are several things you can do to help keep SwiftKey as the default keyboard. 

    Move the keyboard to the top of the list

    Moving SwiftKey in the "Keyboards" area to the top of your enabled Keyboards list will help maintain SwiftKey as default. Please follow these steps:

    1. Enter settings on your device
    2. Tap on ‘General’
    3. Scroll down to ‘Keyboard’
    4. Tap on ‘Keyboards’
    5. Tap on 'Edit'
    6. Tap and drag 'SwiftKey - SwiftKey' to the top of the list

    Restarting your phone with SwiftKey as the running main keyboard

    After moving SwiftKey to the top of the list and using it in an app, try restarting your phone. This can often help your device remember this new order.

    Use the globe key to return back to the SwiftKey Keyboard

    If the keyboard has switched to the Apple or other keyboard, tapping the globe key will allow you to return to using SwiftKey.

     

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    Why won't SwiftKey update on iOS?

    Sometimes an update will appear to not be progressing, or have started at all.

    This is an Apple App Store problem; please try restarting your device in the first instance.

    If that doesn't work you can try the procedure recommended below. Note: First of all make sure you've recently carried out a Backup & Sync from the SwiftKey 'Account' menu.

    1. Open your device Settings
    2. Tap 'General'
    3. Tap 'iPhone Storage'
    4. Find 'SwiftKey'. Tap 'Delete App'.

    You should now be able to download SwiftKey from the App Store again.

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    How do I grant full access to the SwiftKey Keyboard?

    There are a few instances where SwiftKey will need to be given full access again, even if it had previously been given full access and was working fine.

    When this happens, you will see a message above your keyboard telling you that you need to enable full access. You will need to toggle full access off and on to reset this and fix the problem.

    To do this, please follow these steps:

    1. Go to Apple Settings, and select ‘General’
    2. Tap ‘Keyboard’ and then ‘Keyboards’
    3. Tap ‘SwiftKey - SwiftKey’, and then toggle the ‘Allow Full Access’ switch.
    4. Press ‘Allow’

           

    Read this article to learn more about why SwiftKey needs Full Access

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    How do I switch to the SwiftKey Keyboard?

    Once you have installed and enabled SwiftKey and given it Full Access, you may still need to select SwiftKey as your keyboard when you next go to type.

    If a keyboard other than SwiftKey appears, tap the globe icon to the left of the spacebar to navigate through your installed keyboards. Once you get to SwiftKey, just use it! It will remain as the default keyboard until you manually switch to another. 

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    *Please note that some apps do not support the use of third party keyboards, so if SwiftKey is not showing up, this is likely because the app creator or Apple has made requirements to only use the default keyboard on your device.*

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    Does SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS work with external Bluetooth keyboards?

    Yes SwiftKey is compatible with external physical (Bluetooth) keyboards.

    However in order to get the most out of your external keyboard, the following points should be noted:  

    1. How to hide the SwiftKey Keyboard
    2. How to change your Language/Layout settings

    1 - How to hide the SwiftKey Keyboard

    Your virtual SwiftKey Keyboard will remain onscreen when a Bluetooth keyboard is connected.

    Fortunately it's easy to hide the virtual keyboard - some apps will allow you to use a swipe gesture to close the keyboard. E.g. in the iPhone Messages app swipe down from your messages and into your keyboard area, for Gmail swipe downwards in an email and into your keyboard area.

    2 - Language/Layout settings

    You will find that Language/Layout settings for your external keyboard live outside of the SwiftKey app.

    Instead, on your device head to Settings > General > Keyboard > Hardware Keyboard  

    Check that the keyboard for your region/locale is selected. In most cases it will be set to 'Automatic' by default.

    Inserting apostrophes and special characters

    By making sure your external keyboard is configured correctly, you shouldn't have any trouble typing special characters or punctuation. 

     

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    Why can't I personalize on SwiftKey for iOS?

    On iOS it's possible to personalize SwiftKey through your contacts, as well as your Facebook, Twitter and Gmail accounts.

    Personalization can fail for multiple reasons. Please try the following steps to remedy the issue.

    1. Manually quit out of the SwiftKey app.
    2. Try signing out of your SwiftKey Account and then back in.
    3. Try deleting the SwiftKey app altogether and reinstalling it.

    If you are unable to personalize from your Contacts, go to your device Settings > Privacy > Contacts. Check that SwiftKey has been enabled.


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    If you encounter other personalization issues please contact our support team by submitting a request, or get help from the SwiftKey Community on the forum.

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    Why isn't SwiftKey working with Quick Reply?

    There is an issue where, on the Quick Reply screen, the SwiftKey Keyboard does not show up. This is currently an issue that exists with 3rd party keyboards and iOS.

    To work around this, you can navigate out of the notification screen to get to iMessage. We are investigating how to improve this experience overall. 

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    Why can’t I use voice dictation?

    At this time, iOS does not provide a dictation platform (also known as voice to text or voice recognition) for third-party keyboards like SwiftKey. This is something we'd love to consider for a future version if this functionality becomes available. 

    A solution to work around this issue is to keep the standard iOS keyboard available when you would like to use dictation. You can gain access to the iOS keyboard by long-pressing the emoji button (smiley) next to the 123 key, then tapping the globe icon.

     

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    Why does SwiftKey Keyboard sometimes disappear on iOS apps?

    There are a number of different reasons why SwiftKey might sometimes disappear or not be selectable in your list of keyboards. We'll guide you through the main reasons below. 

      1. SwiftKey Keyboard keeps disappearing
      2. 'Null' keyboard error
      3. Using SwiftKey with Mobile Device Management apps

    1 - Your SwiftKey Keyboard keeps disappearing

    Sometimes you might find your keyboard disappears while typing, or just doesn't show up at all. This is due to a bug in the platform, causing some apps to “think” that SwiftKey is not an option as a keyboard, and will only allow the standard iOS keyboards as options.

    To fix these issues, you must manually close the affected app.

    To do this:

    1. Double tap the home button on your device
    2. Swipe upwards on the app's thumbnail to flick it off the screen
    3. Re-open the affected app

     

    2 - 'Null' keyboard error message

    If you tap the 'Globe' button and see 'Null' next to SwiftKey, this indicates your SwiftKey Keyboard has been disabled.

    Restarting your device should enable SwiftKey once again.

    3 - Using SwiftKey with Mobile Device Management apps

    Devices with corporate device management apps (MDMs, IT management apps) like MaaS360, AirWatch, Meraki, MobileIron, etc. cause certain native iOS apps to not function with SwiftKey Keyboard. Apps which are usually impacted include Messages, Mail, Notes and Safari.

    Unfortunately in such cases there is nothing we can do, as by design, MDMs disable third-party keyboards. In these instances we'd recommend taking the issue up with your IT department.

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