The 5 best swipe gesture typing keyboards for the iPhone

The 5 best swipe gesture typing keyboards for the iPhone
Promises about virtual keyboard technologies that will make you taller, smarter, richer, and increase your typing speed to that of a secretary during the Great Depression, are a dime a dozen these days. However, there is one in particular that has proven itself over and over to be faster than simply pecking on individual keys. The so-called gesture typing, pioneered by the likes of Swype, lets you simply slide your finger from a letter to a letter without lifting it off, and the intended word appears automagically. 

The algorithms of these swiping keyboards are so good now, that you don't even have to be particularly careful to drag your finger exactly through the letters intended, but only slide from one general letter area to another, and the phone would correctly guesstimate the word you want in a jiffy. This has made the method so much faster than hitting individual keys with two thumbs, that once you master it out, it's simply hard to go back, especially on a smaller phone - you can simply swipe out a reply sentence with one hand without letting go of the wheel, for instance. 

We kid, but Android users have been enjoying this swipe-style of gesture typing for a while, from the original Swype, to the most popular SwiftKey keyboard implementing it in full force. Ever since iOS 8, Apple opened the floodgates of third-party keyboards to show up on its venerable iPhone, too, and you can now enjoy gesture typing there as well - take a look at which apps are offering the best swipe-type experience in our roundup below.

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11 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Reminds me of 2011 when I had to download third party keyboards for gesture typing...

3. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

You still have to, if you want to use slide-typing on anything outside of the 26 languages supported by Google Keyboard :)

6. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

what do you assume I speak? Ancient Egiptian?... common that is just a lame excuse... It's been a couple of years already since Samsung, Sony, Nexus and probably other devices backed Gesture typing into their own keyboards... In fact, the Sony I am using is able to Gesture type automatically in up-to THREE languages at the same time... and in my experience it works incredibly good for TWO at the same time.... Don't get me wrong, it's good to see Apple adopting this feature and users able to have more options... but still in MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, it reminds me of 2011... Now my devices come with spectacular Keyboards with all the features already built in.

7. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I wonder though, why Ancient Egyptian out of all the possible languages?

8. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

He is just bitter. It's ok.

11. Brewski

Posts: 705; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Every phone I've had since 2010 has had Swype automatically installed. Get off your iHorse.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

The guy in the Nintype-video has an amazing voice.

4. Shocky unregistered

Still using Swype, it's the best.

5. Unordinary unregistered

You should try Nintype if you're open to something different. It's really awesome.

9. Ronnnie

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Always found the 3rd party options on iOS to be laggy and no where near as good as the Android offerings. The recent update to swiftkey that I've been using has been a great improvement, and the keyboard is a lot smoother now. I'm hoping that Microsoft develops their wordflow keyboard for iOS. Imo wordflow is the best keyboard on a mobile device, it's one of the things windows phone have right.

10. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Nintype is the best. Two finger swiping is crazy awesome and there are just so many amazing features.

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