Years after Android, iPhone native keyboard - finally! - gets swipe typing

Years after Android, iPhone native keyboard - finally! - gets swipe typing
For years now, Android users have been enjoying swipe typing on their phones, yet for the native iPhone keyboard this one convenient features was strangely missing.

You could download third-party keyboards on the iPhone that supported the feature, but most of them were just... not quite as good as the native keyboard, so swipe typing was widely perceived to be kind of missing on iPhones.

And now, with iOS 13, swipe typing is coming to the native keyboard app. Finally!

Apple calls the features QuickPath Typing and says that it has used on-device machine learning to make this possible:


This is great news, especially considering that iPhones as early as the iPhone 6s will get iOS 13, which brings the new feature.

Meanwhile, if you don't want to wait until the fall to get the iOS 13 update on your iPhone, you can try third-party keyboards like SwiftKey that supports swipe typing on iPhones right now.

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59 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Still no numerical 5th row, quite annoy if you need type numbers.

32. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Definitely coming on iOS 29....

34. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You just had to say something bad about a good evolution of the native keyboard, didn't you?

40. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

I guess you're right to call it an evolution using Darwins theory because it's taken an equivalent one million years given the speed of smartphone development.

41. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's just a feature, dude, get your head out of your ass; flasky had the fastest keyboard without swipe.

48. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Huh? Smh

2. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm sure it took them so many years simply because they were perfecting it.

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Been swyping since 2010 & it's been perfect since then.

18. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But it's not as perfect as the one on iOS. I hope you won't miss out on the sarcasm in this comment as well. Smh

29. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It might be sarcasm for us but general people would believe that they actually took time to perfect it.

30. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was imitating Apple fanboys when they claim that whenever Apple is copying other OEMs.

33. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

The real reason is they were searching for better gimmicky name for that feature, all these years...

3. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Never liked swipe , will never use it

5. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Really? This is IOS Article and IOS never has swipe. Unless 3rd party and it is laggy.

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Romantico3pe, you forgot to ask cncrim for your opinion - he knows what you like better than you!

4. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

But you still have to switch to another screen to get to the numbers. With the iPhone being the size it is now, there is no excuse anymore for the numbers row ot not be on the top, or even customized so you can have it as the last row.

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

True. I can't stand texting on someone's iPhone & having to hit the numbers button.

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good point. I just realised I could toggle a setting and get the numbers row on gboard with Android.

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They could even use the half inch of completely wasted space under the keyboard on the X versions.

35. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe we should also ask Google why Gboard doesn't have the number row in iOS (MS implemented it 1mo ago).

44. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Pretty sure it does, you just have to turn it on in the settings. I know it's something you Apple fanboys don't really know, but you can customize it to your liking.

45. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm definitely sure it doesn't (I have it installed on my phone - because why not), I looked twice.

50. Vancetastic

Posts: 1316; Member since: May 17, 2017

How does that make it ok? I would love for my iPhone keyboard to have a number row. I don’t care even a tiny tiny bit whether gboard or any other keyboard has it , especially since I can’t make any other keyboard my default one.

51. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm not saying it's ok, I'm saying that it's illogical to dis Apple for the lack of a feature while the most important competing apps (SwiftKey got it last mo) also don't have it in iOS. You can make any 3rd party keyboard the default one in iOS; I have been using SwiftKey for years now.

53. Vancetastic

Posts: 1316; Member since: May 17, 2017

This is an Apple article. How did you make SwiftKey your default keyboard? I tried gboard a while back, and the phone would always default to iOS keyboard for various things.

54. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Just add it to your keyboard list (you can even delete the native one, if you want) and allow full access (you have a tutorial in both Gboard and SK and an option that takes you there with a tap) than switch to your preferred keyboard; from that moment on, every time you will need to enter text, the OS will display SK (except for entering password fields).

55. Vancetastic

Posts: 1316; Member since: May 17, 2017

I will try this again, as soon as the App Store is back up. Odd that there’s no story about that...

56. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's a local problem; the part of Europe where PA has its headquarters doesn't have it. It should get fixed soon enough. btw, SK also has a number row.

59. Vancetastic

Posts: 1316; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's fixed now. It was quite widespread here in the states. Usually that's news! I am going to try a few keyboards.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Having a 6.4 inch screen now, I've started using swipe again, before i never used it because i could comfortably type with one hand.

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