How to turn on Swype text input method on your Samsung Galaxy S III

How to turn on Swype text input method on your Samsung Galaxy S III
A somewhat limited version of the Swype text input method is included with the Samsung Galaxy S III, but the method for turning it on is a bit convoluted. If you love typing by sliding your fingers across the keyboard, instead of tapping like an woodpecker, you'd surely want it on for your Galaxy S III.

Unlike the Galaxy S II with ICS, however, where the Swype text input method switch appears in the notification bar, or is easily accessible from the keyboard settings, on the Galaxy S III it does not appear as an input choice.

Therefore to turn this version of Swype on Samsung's greatest you have to:

1. Either press the cog on Samsung's keyboard or press Menu->Settings->Language and Input
2. Under the second category there - "Keyboards and input methods" - choose the cog next to the "Samsung keyboard" option
3. You need the "Continuous input" option here, which is grayed out by default, not the "Keyboard swipe" option, so you have to turn on the "Predictive text" slider first
4. Check the "Continuous input" option

Bear in mind that this "Continuous input" method is not a full-fledged Swype Beta for Android, more like a combo of the Samsung keyboard and Swype, but that's what you will have to deal with in the stock firmware. It only works in some apps and text boxes, like Messages, while others like the browser resort to the default on-screen keyboard.

Related phones

Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012


2. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

This sucks.

4. Nikonmorous

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Oh my! Did I just hear an advid Android huumper say something sucked? Let me call Google and tell them they failed altogether. Seriosuly, I'm tired of the fact everybody on here is against Apple. It's not the fact they have quality products, it's the fact no Android phone can ever make the impact the iPhone has. Goodbye PhoneArena. It's been nice knowing you, but the ignorance of your users is sadening. Now, excuse me while I find a tech website that doesn't have users, and doesn't have comments.

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

6. Nikonmorous

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Funny! I was checking out Dr. Phil's website and it said you were his top patient of the month. The problems he listed for you were horrendous. I'm sorry, I would say I could feel your pain, but I always manage to put spaces with my URLs.

7. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

So you always put spaces with your URLs? Do you always also misspell "avid" and "humper" and "saddening?" If you are going to criticize people, have your own stuff straight. And why do you talk about the iPhone like you actually had something to do with it? It's a flippin' phone. And BTW, your "I was checking Dr. Phil's website" crack is dumber than George's "jerkstore" quip on Seinfeld.

8. MrNobodyWTB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

LOL. Also. I fail to see where Apple was even mentioned. "justme" mentioned "this sucks." (I'm assuming because of this very slight additional hoops you have to jump through to enable swype). It was "Nikonmorous" who started freaking out about how he's "tired of the fact everybody on here is against Apple." Where was Apple mentioned to begin with? Don't complain when there's nothing to complain about. It makes one appear ignorant.

3. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I use only swype on the galaxy note. Is it possible to manually install swype?

9. AmritD

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If it still doesn't work after this tutorial and the Continuous Input is stil grayed out. Just delete LightFlow. This because the latest updates of both integrated Swype and LightFlow don't work together 'yet'.

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