How to use Search in SwiftKey Android

    We've added Search to your SwiftKey Toolbar to enable you to quickly search and share directly from your SwiftKey Keyboard.

    1. What is Search for SwiftKey Android?
    2. How to use Search
    3. FAQs

    1 - What is Search for SwiftKey Android?

    With Search you're able to quickly find and share anything from the web on your keyboard. There’s no app-switching so you don't even need to leave the conversation.

    SwiftKey uses Bing to surface Search results, then you can choose either to send the whole page or take a screenshot of part of the page to share with your contacts.

    You'll find Search available to use in SwiftKey 7.1.8 and above. 

    2 - How to use Search

    Follow these steps to Search and share in just a few quick taps:

    1. Tap into the Search box on your SwiftKey Toolbar
    2. Type the words or phrase you want to Search for

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    Your Search results will be displayed over your SwiftKey Keyboard.

    Now you can either send the result to your contacts or take a screenshot.

    How to share your results as a link


    1. Tap the 'Send' icon

    This will share the whole Search results page with your contact as a link.


    How to share your results as a screenshot

    Use the screenshot tool to crop Search results and share snippets of webpages with your contacts.


    1. Tap the 'Screenshot' icon
    2. Drag the edges of the boundary box to crop part of the webpage. (You can hit 'Reset' if you make a mistake). 
    3. Tap 'Send' when you're happy with your selection.

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    3 - FAQ

    Why can't I see Search in my SwiftKey Toolbar?

    Only users in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Brazil, India, Italy, and Spain will find Search in their SwiftKey Toolbar. 

    I have a Sony device

    We're sorry but Sony devices do not support Search.

    How do I delete my Search history?

    We display your three most recent Searches in the Search box. Long press on a Search query to remove it from your history.

    What happens if I type in a URL?

    The Search box also works as a web browser, so you can type in a website URL and browse the web from your SwiftKey Keyboard.


    Can I Search using Incognito Mode?

    Yes. If Incognito is active on your SwiftKey Keyboard, we will respect your preferences when opening the embedded browser with your Search results. 

    I have an iPhone can I get Search too?

    For the moment Search is only available on our SwiftKey Keyboard for Android. 

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    How do I access Toolbar in SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?
    1. How to access the Toolbar
    2. What's in the Toolbar?
    3. Where did the SwiftKey Hub go?

    Toolbar is the new way to get faster and easier access to your favorite SwiftKey features.

    Toolbar is available to all users running SwiftKey 7 and above.

    1 - How to access the Toolbar

    Toolbar replaces the SwiftKey Hub. All the features previously found in the Hub are still available in Toolbar.

    Toolbar is easily accessible from your SwiftKey Keyboard. Just tap the '+' to the left of the prediction bar.  


    2 - What's in Toolbar?

    Toolbar is the new home for the following features: 


    Add and send animated images from all your favorite apps. Use the search function to find that perfect GIF for every occasion.

    Read more: How to add and search for GIFS


    If you like GIFS you'll love Stickers too! Add some virality to your conversations with both static and animated Stickers. 

    Read more: How to use Stickers


    This area houses all of the SwiftKey settings and options you use most often. It provides quick access to the following:

    • Autocorrect
    • Emoji predictions
    • Number row
    • Incognito mode
    • Resize
    • Layout
    • Float

    If a setting isn't listed - tapping the 'Cog' icon will take you into the SwiftKey app proper.

    Read more: How to access SwiftKey Settings


    SwiftKey offers many themes to enable you to truly make your keyboard your own. 

    Tap the 'Palette' icon to scroll through our default themes, or press 'View more Themes' to be shown every design currently available to download. 


    The SwiftKey Clipboard houses all of the text you've copied for later use. The Clipboard allows you to copy and paste clips or create Shortcuts for faster insertion.

    Read more: How does the Clipboard work?


    Tapping the 'Pin' icon will take you to your Collection. Your Collection is a place where all of the Stickers you've saved and created live. 

    Read more: How to manage your Collection


    Easily share your Location with family and friends. Just tap the 'Location' button and SwiftKey will insert your current address. You can choose from various nearby locations too.

    Read more: How to share your Location


    Easily share meeting times and appointments to your contacts with just a few taps. 

    Read more: How to use Calendar



    Tapping the 'Keyboard' icon allows you the freedom to change your Languages and Layouts without opening the SwiftKey app fully. 

    Read more: How do I change the keyboard layout (e.g. QWERTY to AZERTY)?


    We’ve now integrated Microsoft Translator into SwiftKey. This gives you a fast and seamless way to use translations features in the context of what you’re already doing. No more switching apps or copying and pasting back and forth. 


    The Toolbar Customizer allows you to tailor your Toolbar just how you want it. Show and hide icons, plus rearrange the order. 

    3 - Where did the SwiftKey Hub go?

    Toolbar replaces the SwiftKey Hub that was previously accessible by tapping on the ‘hamburger’ menu on the far left of the prediction bar.


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    How does the Clipboard work with SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?
    1. What is the Clipboard?
    2. How to use the Clipboard
    3. How to use Shortcuts with Clipboard

    1 - What is the SwiftKey Clipboard?

    When typing with SwiftKey Keyboard for Android, you have the option to copy text and save it for later use. This could be for a quick copy/paste job or something longer form like an email or social media update. Whatever the case, it works for a short term or long term saving of text selections on your phone.

    2 - Using the Clipboard

    Next we'll guide you through all of the Clipboard's useful functions.

    Copy text to your Clipboard

    There are two ways to copy text.

    Tap into a text field, highlight the text you want copied and select 'Copy'.


    1. Open Toolbar by pressing the '+' icon
    2. Tap on the 'Clipboard' followed by the 'pencil' icon
    3. Click + to add a new clip<
    4. Type your text into the 'Clip content' field. Tap 'Save'

    How to copy text to your Clipboard

    Paste from your Clipboard

    1. Open Toolbar by pressing the '+' icon
    2. Tap the Clipboard icon. This is where you'll find your saved clips
    3. Tap on a clip to paste into your text field

    How to delete Clipboard contents

    From the Clipboard itself, a quick swipe left or right will delete a saved clip. This can be reversed by tapping 'Undo' immediately after.

    Manage your saved clips

    Your clips can be pinned to the top of your Clipboard by selecting the pin icon to the right of each selection. Pin copied clips to stop them expiring after 1 hour.

    You can also reorder your clips by long-pressing and dragging up or down in the list.


    3 - How to use Shortcuts with SwiftKey Keyboard

    This feature allows you to create a shortcut to any phrase you've saved on the Clipboard. So if you tire of typing out your address why not add it as a shortcut instead? It doesn't need to be limited to that, use it for any of your most commonly-used phrases to save even more time.

    How to create a Shortcut

    1. Open Toolbar by pressing the '+' icon
    2. Tap on the 'Clipboard' followed by the 'pencil' icon. Any clips you've previously saved will appear here
    3. Tap onto a clip and enter some text into the shortcut field. For example: use something memorable like 'Home1' for your address details. Remember to tap 'Save' when done. 


    How to insert a Shortcut

    When you type a shortcut your clip content will appear on the prediction bar. Tap on it to insert it into the conversation.

    How to edit or delete a Shortcut

    1. Tap into the clip containing the shortcut you wish to remove.
    2. Erase the text in the shortcut field (or replace it with something else). Tap 'Save'.


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    How to personalize your Stickers

    It's possible to use your own photos to create, save, and share personalized Stickers.

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    How to share your Location


    You can now send locations to anyone without leaving the keyboard.

    The location feature is now available in the US, India, Russia, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, France, Turkey, United Kingdom, Poland, Brazil, South Africa, Malaysia, Austria, Netherlands, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Switzerland and Hong Kong. 

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    How to share calendar events

    We've made it easy to share calendar events directly from your keyboard.

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    How to manage your Collection

    Your Collection is a place to store all the stickers and photos you've personalized.

    To access your Collection:

    1. Open the Toolbar by tapping the '+'
    2. Tap the 'Pin' icon


    Any Stickers you've created using your own images will be saved to your Collection by default.

    If you've added text to a sticker from a pack (and wish to save it for later use), tap the 'Pin' icon to save to your Collection. 


    If you no longer wish to display the Sticker in your Collection, long press on it and choose 'Delete' when prompted.


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    How to use Microsoft Translator with SwiftKey for Android
    1. What is Translator for SwiftKey?
    2. How many languages does Translator Support?
    3. How to use Translator
    4. How to Translate offline
    5. FAQ

    1 -What is Translator for SwiftKey?

    Microsoft Translator is now available to use from your SwiftKey Toolbar. 

    Translator for SwiftKey enables you to quickly and easily translate text in over 60 languages without ever leaving your keyboard.

    You’ll need to be updated to SwiftKey 7.1.4 and above to take advantage of Translator.


    2 - How many languages does Translator Support?

    Just like Microsoft Translator, SwiftKey’s translation smarts support 60+ languages. A full list is provided below under FAQ

    3 -How to use Translator

    Typing with Translations

    SwiftKey Translator is perfect for messaging (or any back and forth interactions). Take the following example that shows a conversation between two people. One of them is fluent in German, the other isn’t. SwiftKey Translator can help by translating both as you write and read messages.

    1. Copy the text you need translated

    2. SwiftKey Translator will detect the language used and display the translated text above your keyboard

    3. Tap the ‘X’ or hit ‘Reply’ to clear the translation bar

    4. Now begin to type your reply - you’ll see that SwiftKey Translator translates from the native typing language to German on the fly.

    Picking a Language

    SwiftKey Translator does a good job of detecting languages used. But language options can be specified should you choose to change the input and output.

    Tap onto an arrow to open the language picker menu.

    4 -How to Translate offline

    SwiftKey Translator has been designed to work online, but if you download the Microsoft Translator app from the Google Play Store you’ll be able to use it offline too.

    To use Translator offline

    1. Get Microsoft Translator from Google Play
    2. Open Microsoft Translator
    3. Tap the three dots in right-hand corner of your screen

    4. Select ‘Offline Languages’ from the menu

    5. Pick a language you’d like to use offline from the list. File sizes may be large so we’d recommend connecting to WiFi first.



    5 -FAQ

    • I don’t have a Translator icon.
      Translator is only available on SwiftKey 7.1.4 and above. Please make sure you’re using the latest version to take advantage of this new feature.  

    • What are the 60+ languages offered?

      Translator supports the following languages:  Afrikaans, Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Cantonese (Traditional), Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quer'etaro Otomi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tahitian, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yucatec Maya. 

    • Is Translator available for iOS?

      Translator is not currently available for SwiftKey on iOS. 
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    How to access Stickers

    Stickers allow you to express yourself in more than just words!

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    How to use copy & paste

    Love copy & paste? We've now made it even easier to use!

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    How to access Toolbar

    Our new Toolbar provides easier access to the SwiftKey features you love and those we hope you'll come to love.

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    How to use Calendar


    1. How to access Calendar
    2. How to use Calendar

    Our Calendar sharing feature lets you insert a calendar appointment with a couple of taps. 

    It is worth remembering that you cannot create events using the Calendar - look upon it more as an availability tool.

    Calendar is available from SwiftKey 7.0.1 onwards. 

    1 - How to access your Calendar

    Calendar is accessed through Toolbar. Open Toolbar by tapping the '+' to the left of the prediction bar, then select the 'Calendar' icon.

    2 - Navigating your Calendar

    By default your Calendar opens on a weekly view.

    Scroll up and down to view hour-by-hour, or left to right to switch days.


    Tap on the month to see the month in full. Scroll up and down to jump forwards and backwards through different months.

    You can specify which calendars you want to see by tapping the 'Filter' icon.


    You'll notice that SwiftKey assigns each calendar a different colour, this is to help you differentiate between multiple events and your busy social life!


    Tap on a calendar event or available time slot you wish to share. You can insert this into a message by tapping the blue tick.  

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    How does Incognito mode work with SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?

    One of SwiftKey's most commonly sought after features is to learn – or not learn – when typing certain words or phrases. There are a variety of cases where you'd prefer that common or rare words don't appear in your candidate predictions. This may be the case while working on a specific short term project at work or school, when chatting in a game or forum app, and even when shopping online. Incognito mode addresses these scenarios.  

    To switch on Incognito mode:

    1. Open up a messaging or SMS app, and tap into the text entry field
    2. Open the Toolbar with the '+' icon (if not already open), then tap the Settings cog


    3. Press 'incognito'. This will initiate Incognito mode (your keyboard will turn black) and switch learning off

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    4. To switch learning back on, open Toolbar > Settings and press 'incognito' once more. 

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    How do I enable/disable arrow keys in SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?

    There are two methods to enable or disable the arrow keys in SwiftKey.  

      1. From the Typing menu
      2. From Toolbar

    1 - From the Typing menu

    1. Open the SwiftKey app from your device 
    2. Tap 'Typing'
    3. Tap 'Keys'
    4. Check or uncheck 'Arrow Keys'


    2 - From Toolbar

    1. Open Toolbar by tapping the '+'
    2. Tap the 'Settings' cog
    3. Tap the 'Settings' + cog
    4. Enter the 'Typing' menu
    5. Select 'Keys'
    6. Toggle 'Arrow keys' on or off


    Once you have enabled arrow keys in settings, they will appear at the bottom of your keyboard:


    If you are using the 'thumb' layout, they will appear in the middle of your keyboard:


    If you are using SwiftKey on a tablet, you have the option to use the 'extended layout' which provides you with left and right arrow keys on the first pane of your keyboard. 

    The full four arrow keys are available on the 2nd pane of the keyboard. To access this tap the '123' key.


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    How to change your keyboard layout in SwiftKey Android
    1. SwiftKey Keyboard layout options
    2. How to undock/float your keyboard
    3. How to change your language layout 

    1 - SwiftKey Keyboard layout options

    You can customize your keyboard layout from Toolbar.

    SwiftKey offers three different layout options, namely: Full, Thumb, and Compact.

    The screenshots below provide further detail:

    1. Full - Regular Setup


    2. Thumb - Split Keyboard that is most useful for typing on tablets or in landscape


    3. Compact - For larger devices or those who like typing with just one hand. You can switch which side this is on at any point. Please note that you will need to long press the arrow to move the keyboard side to side.


     To make your choice, follow the steps below:

    1. Tap the '+' to open Toolbar
    2. Tap the 'Settings' cog
    3. Select 'Layout'

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    Tablet user?

    If you are using a tablet, you also have the option to use an extended layout when in landscape which will provide you with left/right arrow keys. To select this option, follow the steps below.

    1. Open Toolbar 
    2. Tap the 'Settings' cog
    3. Tap the 'Settings' + cog
    4. Enter the 'Typing' menu
    5. Select 'Keys'
    6. Tap to enable 'Extended layout'


    It's also possible to display a central numeric keypad. Just select the option for 'Thumb layout numpad'. 


    2 - How to undock/float your keyboard

    The undock/float setting allows you to freely reposition your keyboard anywhere on your screen.

    Click here to learn more

    3 - How to change your language layout

    Please see this article to change your language layout (QWERTY, QWERTZ etc).

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    How do I undock/float my keyboard in SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?

    To undock your keyboard, follow the steps below:

    1. Open Toolbar by tapping the '+'
    2. Tap the 'Settings' cog
    3. Tap 'Float'

    Move the keyboard around the screen by dragging the circle button. Your keyboard will dock/undock when this circle is tapped.



    Note: From SwiftKey 7.1.4 onwards you can no longer undock your keyboard while using 'Thumb' layout. 

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    How to resize your SwiftKey Keyboard on Android


    Your SwiftKey Keyboard defaults to the middle (medium) size setting.

    Should you want a change you can access SwiftKey's resizing options in the following two ways.

    1. From Toolbar
    2. From the Typing menu

    1 - From the SwiftKey Hub

    1. Tap the '+' to open Toolbar and select the 'Settings' cog
    2. Tap the 'Size' option
    3. Choose your desired size 




    2 - From the Typing Menu

    You can also resize your keyboard from within SwiftKey settings in the following way:

    1. Open the SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Typing'
    3. Tap the 'Resize keyboard' option and choose your size


    Please note the size of your SwiftKey Keyboard will likely be affected by alterations to your devices' default font size and magnification/zoom settings. 

    Likewise, if you're lucky enough to own a device with a curved screen SwiftKey may not appear as you expect. In both these cases you'll need to use SwiftKey's 'Resize' options to return your keyboard to a size of your choosing.

    If you would like to leave feedback on SwiftKey's resizing options please file a Feature Request by clicking [here].

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