How to Type Faster with Keyboard Replacement Apps
Now that you can change up your keyboards in iOS 8, here's a bigger selection of what's out there!
While iOS supplies its own excellent keyboard and predictive text features, sometimes it's not quick enough. We want additional features, alternative methods of typing, and most of all, speed. As someone who takes texting and content creation on the go seriously, I've had to evaluate my options for the best and quickest ways to get my message across on my iPhone, and these apps have made things exponentially quicker. They just might help you as well!
1. Swiftkey Note Price: Free
Previously only available to Android phone users, Swiftkey has been a favorite for years, and now that it's on iOS, it's an awesome tool for storing predictive text and other words you type quickly. It's built on the Evernote service, and it offers suggestions for the next word you may type as well as an improved interface that lets you glide through sentences and diatribes like a seasoned pro. If you're someone who's always having to retread and delete words from your text messages and emails due to your iPhone's refusal to store certain words, Swiftkey is definitely a fantastic solution for you.
2. TouchPal Price: Free
Former Android user looking for an alternative to Swype? You need TouchPal, the closest thing to the speed demon Swype is for those on the Android operating system. It allows you to zip from letter to letter in the most expedient manner possible, and if you're looking to become the most lightning fast typist this side of the States, TouchPal is an invaluable tool. It can take some getting used to, swiping from letter to letter instead of typing to do so, but once you figure out the system you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
3. FlickKey Keyboard Notes Price: $2.99
FlickKey Keyboard Notes may look slightly ominous, but don't let its different key arrangement scare you away. It's actually quite handy, with six square buttons adorned with letters on the top row and punctuation on the bottom. You can choose to either tap or swipe, but no matter what you choose the learning curve isn't steep enough that you'll never get the hang of things. Once you memorize letter placement, you'll be writing novels (or just really long text messages) in no time, lightning fast.
4. MessageEase Price: Free
MessageEase may look totally confusing at first, but it's actually one of the most capable typing apps you can find on the App Store. It's actually designed to take letters you use frequently and put them at the forefront of each button, making them readily available for later use. All the rest of the letters you use can be accessed via special slide. Get acclimated with the sliding motions and become familiar with how you type and which letters you use, and MessageEase will act as a powerful surrogate for the original iPhone keyboard.