• How to change your keyboard mode on Microsoft SwiftKey for iOS


    At this time we don't offer an option to change keyboard modes on your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard on iOS.


    If you're using an iPhone [except iPhone SE (1st generation)], it is however possible to take advantage of the feature with:

    Full(Traditional) mode

    This is set as default and presents a traditional keyboard layout.



    One-handed mode

    A compact keyboard that squeezes itself into the extremes of your screen. Pressing the arrow icon will snap the keyboard either to the left or right.

    To make it easier to type with one hand, you can move the keys closer to your thumb—on all iPhone models except iPhone SE (1st generation).

    1. Touch and hold the Next Keyboard Emoji key .

    2. Tap One-handed mode.



    To center the keyboard again, tap the right or left edge showing the expand key[mceclip0.png] of the keyboard.




    • Thumb mode for iOS is not currently supported.
    • Floating mode for iOS is not currently supported.



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  • How do I resize my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard on iOS?

    At this time we don't offer an option to resize your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard on iOS.


    If you're using an iPhone 6 (and above), it is however possible to take advantage of the 'Display Zoom' feature to make everything on your screen appear larger.

    To do this:

    1. Access your device 'Settings'
    2. Open the 'Display & Brightness' menu
    3. Under the 'Display Zoom' header - tap 'View'.
    4. Switch between 'Standard' and 'Zoomed' views. Use the image preview function to observe the effect each setting has. Remember to press 'Set' when you've made your choice.
    5. Your device may restart depending on the changes.

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    Please note: landscape mode is disabled on larger Plus devices when 'Zoomed' mode is active.

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  • How do I make Microsoft SwiftKey my default keyboard on iOS?

    In some situations, you'll find your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard will revert to the iOS default keyboard. This could happen when:

    • 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 Microsoft SwiftKey as your default keyboard. 

    Move the keyboard to the top of the list

    Moving Microsoft SwiftKey in the "Keyboards" area to the top of your enabled Keyboards list will help maintain Microsoft SwiftKey as default. To do this:

    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 'Microsoft SwiftKey' to the top of the list

    Restarting your phone with Microsoft SwiftKey as the running main keyboard

    After moving Microsoft 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 Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

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

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  • Why won't my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard 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 Microsoft SwiftKey 'Account' menu.

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

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

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  • How do I switch to my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard?

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

    If a keyboard other than Microsoft SwiftKey appears, tap the globe icon to the left of the spacebar to navigate through your installed keyboards. Microsoft SwiftKey will remain as the default keyboard until you manually switch to another. 



    *Please note that some apps do not support the use of third party keyboards, so if Microsoft 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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  • How do I uninstall Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS?

    We'll be sorry to see you go, but if you really want to remove Microsoft SwiftKey from your iOS device just follow the steps below:

    1. Find the Microsoft SwiftKey app icon
    2. Tap and hold the icon
    3. Tap the 'x' in the left-hand corner to remove the app


    If you're having problems then you can also try the following:

    1. Navigate to device Settings > General > iPhone Storage
    2. Scroll down the list until you find 'Microsoft SwiftKey'. Tap 'Delete App'
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  • How do I add or remove a word with Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS?

    Your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard learns as you type. When you select a word not already known by the app (i.e. a foreign word, nickname, slang, etc.), this word is then placed into Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard’s language model (aka your dictionary), and will be used in future predictions.

    To teach Microsoft SwiftKey a word just tap on it in the prediction bar. Unknown words will appear as the first option on the left.

    To remove a predicted word, longpress on the prediction and choose ‘Remove' under 'Do not predict ____ again'.


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  • Does Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS work with external Bluetooth keyboards?

    Your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard 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 Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
    2. How to change your Language/Layout settings

    1 - How to hide the Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

    Your virtual Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 does my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard sometimes disappear on iOS apps?

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

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

    1 - Your Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft SwiftKey, this indicates your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard has been disabled.

    Restarting your device should enable Microsoft SwiftKey once again.

    3 - Using Microsoft 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 your Microsoft 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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