Gboard is one of the best third-party keyboards for iPhones, but you probably do not know everything you need to know about becoming a true Gboard professional and finally using the Apple standard keyboard.
I have already tried many third-party keyboards on my iPhone since they were introduced in iOS 8, but my favorite after all these years is still Gboard. It may have been 8 months late for the game, but it's impressive enough to have taken over SwiftKey and other challengers. And while Swype took first place in the iTunes charts until it was discontinued in 2018, Gboard is completely free and regularly updated.
Gboard is available either in the Gboard app itself or in the Google app. The latter is nice because it's basically two apps in one. If you use Google Search frequently, this is a good choice because you can get personalized updates from your Google feed and a trending widget. Although almost all of the features listed below work for both apps, there are some that only work in the Gboard app.
No matter what version you go with, make sure it's always up to date You can access all of these features. You can do this from the Updates tab of the App Store if you have not set up your iPhone to automatically install updates.
Tip # 1
: Glide Faster on "Type"
One of Gboard's biggest advantages over Apple's standard keyboard is swipe-typing, which Google types "glide". Other third-party keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype make this a trademark, but it's just a serious bonus with Gboard. Compared to typing, it's so fast that you wonder why you did not fly earlier.
Cursor where you want to, slide your finger on the spacebar back and forth. You can also use 3D Touch on the keyboard itself, just as you can with Apple's keyboard, SwiftKey, and a few other options, but I like the spacebar when you move a little. With 3D Touch, I find that the cursor can move or jump too fast, so I save that when I have to make big moves.
You can easily the standard keyboard of Apple switch to the left or right side in iOS 11, but you can do this in Gboard as well. It's a little easier to activate and it will remember your selection for the next time. Just tap the gear icon and click on "One-Handed Mode". From here it is quite intuitive: use the arrow keys left / right to switch pages, or press expand to return to normal.
Tip # 4: Curse Everything You Want
If you're used to the Apple keyboard, you basically have to teach it so you can use bad words. Well, Google does not force you to train Gboard for cursing – you can turn on explicit language in Preferences. Just tap the gear, then Settings, then Keyboard Preferences. Find the "block offensive words" option and disable it.
When you type words in Apple's default keyboard, the QuickType bar suggests some emoji that you can use for specific words. but it does not work in all apps like Notes. Gboard works in the same way, but everywhere, and you can also search for Emoji by name. So if you want to see more options or find a hard-to-find emoji, it's easy.
Just tap the Emoji icon and make sure the Emoji tab is selected (or just press the Emoji icon and choose the Emoji) (19659019) Tip 6: Changing languages quickly
If you are bilingual, you will be tracked by Google. If you go to the settings, you can select "Languages" and choose between two additional installed keyboards. Just tap on "Add language" and select the one you want, then repeat for a third if necessary. If you need to switch between keyboards instead of the globe icon, just tap the gear to rotate it. You can also long press on the gear and then select the language.
Note that if you select three languages, the "Settings" option disappears if you press the wheel of the keyboard for a long time, unless you have activated "One-Handed Mode".
Apple's Stick keyboard automatically switches to a dark mode, but in my experience, it does not work so well and will not change in all the apps you use , If you want a real keyboard in dark mode, you can easily share themes in Gboard.
Tap the gear icon on the keyboard, choose Settings, then Themes, and check the Dark option under Default and see your new dark keyboard in action.
Google does not seem to like Apple's built-in dictation tool, but you can still use Google's own dictation tool, which opens another interface that dictates what you say and then paste this text where you want it. Just long-press the spacebar to automatically activate the audio recording option in Gboard or Google, say what you want, then it will appear again where you were.
So, there is a little known Secret in Apple's keyboard that allows you to quickly add a dot, a question mark, a number or another non-letter character, but the implementation of Gboard is better and easier to get used to.
Just tap the dot button (oh yeah, there's a crazy period key!) And slide to pick your punctuation mark. For numbers, you would do the same thing you do in Apple's version: tap the number key, and then drag your finger over the number you want without leaving the screen.
Tip 10: Formatting words faster
If you type in the case as described in the tip above, and then switch to uppercase without changing the screen To leave, this letter will automatically be capitalized when you let go. This is useful when typing in acronyms and non-standard proper names that autocorrect alone can not figure out. Of course, if you enter acronyms, you may want to double-key only twice to activate the Caps Lock key.
There is no function in Gboard that actually allows you to create keyboard shortcuts, but all the shortcuts you create under Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Create replacement, continue to work in Gboard.
It's not as fluid as Apple's QuickType keyboard, but it's better than nothing. Sometimes, if you press the spacebar or punctuation after entering your shortcut combination, Gboard will automatically extend the text at the desired location, but sometimes it just adds a suggestion for the extended text in the top bar.
More information: Using Shortcuts to Enter Long Words and Phrases on Your iPhone
Tip 12: Using Google Search  If you'd like to link someone to an article or just want to verify some information before you continue typing, tap the "G" icon and enter your search query. You can tap on some suggestions that pop up, or tap Search when you've finished your search, and then scroll through the results. When you tap on a result card or "share," type in the link where you're typing, tap "play," the arrow icon, etc. will open in YouTube, Safari, and so on.
Similarly, Gboard makes it easy to find and share the perfect GIF. Just tap the "G" icon and enter a subject. Then press the "GIF" button at the bottom of the search results. From there you can scroll sideways to find the perfect GIF. Then tap a GIF to copy it to your clipboard, then long press the text entry box and select "Paste" to send the GIF.
You can use the "G" icon above the keyboard also tap on "YouTube" just to search for videos on YouTube. If you tap on the video result or "share," the link will be anywhere, while tapping "play," YouTube will open, if it's installed.
When you put "Location" in the "Gboard" If you have enabled settings, you can tap on the "G" then select "Maps" Your current location for sharing. If it is not enabled, you can select "Turn on location" on the first map that appears. You can also search for nearby locations or sweep the standard results to see what's nearby. Tapping the map or "sharing" will paste the location, while tapping the arrow icon will open Google Maps, if installed.
If you're using the Motion Stills technology Now you can record GIFs that are three seconds long directly from the keyboard (so to speak). When you tap the Camera Loop icon in the Word Suggestions bar, the Gboard app will open directly to your GIF Maker, where you can use your back camera or selfie cam between a normal "loop" or "fast forward" Can choose GIF. You can even add text and drawings.
This option is only available if you use the Gboard app, not the Google app.