Android has supported swipe keyboards for years. The iPhone and iPad users had to rely on third-party swipe keyboards such as Gboard and Swiftkey to enjoy the blazing fast swipe typing experience. Apple has finally added the native swipe typing feature called QuickPath in iOS 13 software, which is now available for download on compatible devices. Here’s how to use it. If you absolutely hate it, I’d also guide you on how you can turn it off.
How to start using swipe typing in iOS 13
If you have updated your iPhone’s software to iOS 13, swipe typing is enabled by default. You don’t have to do anything to turn it on. The first time you see the keyboard after installing the new software, it will alert you that you can swipe on the keyboard to type. People who have used it on Android phones love it. Even iPhone and iPad users rely on third-party keyboards to take advantage of it.
With Apple’s QuickPath, you don’t have to tap on each individual key to type your text. You simply have to drag your finger across the keyboard and Apple’s algorithms will predict what you wanted to type. It will spell out and insert the words in your message. If the software couldn’t figure it out, it will show you the most likely options in the QuickType bar.
Let’s say you want to swipe type “Andrew.” All you have to do is put your finger on the “A” key and then drag it over to “n”, “d”, “r”, “e”, and “w”. Now you can lift the finger off the keyboard. If you are used to typing individual keys, swipe typing would require some getting used to. Then you’ll be typing at a much faster pace than before.
Don’t worry about the accuracy of swipe typing because once you swipe, you’ll see three options for your swiped word in the QuickType bar. You can tap the one you want.
How to disable it
If you don’t want to give it a try or you’ve decided that you hate it to the core, you can disable it anytime you want. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Slide to Type and disable it. If you ever feel like using it, you can turn it on.