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 pro and stop using Apple's standard keyboard.
I have tried many third-party keyboards on my iPhone since they were already introduced in iOS 8, but after all these years my favorite is still Gboard. It may have been 8 months late, but it's impressive enough to have taken on SwiftKey and other challengers. While Swype took first place in the iTunes charts until his retirement in 2018, Gboard is completely free and regularly updated.
Gboard is available in either the Gboard app itself or the Google app. The latter is nice because it's basically two apps in one. If you frequently use Google Search, this is a good choice because you can get personalized updates from your Google feed and a Trend widget. Although almost all of the features listed below work for both apps, there are a few that currently work only in the main Gboard application.
Whichever version you use, make sure the update is always up to date. You can access all of these features. You can do this from the Updates tab of the App Store if your iPhone is not set to automatically install updates.
: Faster to "Type" Faster
One of Gboard's biggest advantages over Apple's standard keyboard is that it does a copy-through, which Google calls "gliding." Other third-party keyboards, such as SwiftKey and Swype, make that feature, but it's just a big bonus from Gboard. Compared to typing, it's so fast that you're wondering why you do not glide earlier.
Move the cursor to the desired location and move your finger on the spacebar You can use 3D Touch even on the keyboard itself, just like Apple's keyboard, SwiftKey and some other options. However, I like the space bar when you move a little. With 3D Touch, I find that the cursor can move or jump too fast, and I save that when I have to make big moves.
There's one in the standalone gboard newer feature to feel the keys when you tap them. However, it is not enabled by default. You will need to go into Gboard's settings to enable haptic feedback. After that, every time you press a button, you will hear a small vibration. It feels similar to the feedback you get with the trackpad. If you swipe across the screen to tap, you will feel it when you touch the screen for the first time and release it again.
You Can Easily Change Apple's Standard Keyboard You can use it left or right in iOS 11, but you can do it in Gboard as well. It is slightly easier to activate and save your selection for the next time. Just tap the gear icon and press "one-hand mode". From there it is quite intuitive: use the arrow keys to move the pages to the left / right or press the expand key to return to normal.
Tip # 5: Cuss All You Want
If you're familiar with the popular Apple keyboard, you know you must basically teach it so you can use cursive words. Well, Google does not force you to train Gboard for ranting – you can enable explicit language in Preferences. Just tap the gear, followed by "Settings," and tap "Keyboard Settings." Look for the Block Offensive Words option and disable this option.
When typing words into Apple's keyboard, the QuickType bar suggests some emoji that you can use for specific words. but it does not work in all applications, such as B. Notes. Gboard works in the same way, but everywhere, and you can also search by name for Emoji. So, if you want to see more options or find an elusive emoji with some guesses, this is easy.
Just tap the emoji icon and make sure that the Emoji tab is selected (or just press the emoji icon and select the emoji
) Tip 7: Change the language quickly  If you are bi-lingual, Google has covered you, in Settings you can select "Languages" and choose between two additional installed keyboards just tap on "Add language", select the one you want and repeat it for one Third, if you need to change the keyboard, simply tap the gear to switch instead of using the globe icon, or long press the gear and then select the language.
If you select a total of three languages, If you hold down the gear on the keyboard, the Settings option disappears unless you have turned on transfer mode.
Apple's default keyboard automatically enters a darker mode, but in my experience, it does not work so well and does not change any apps you use. If you want to use a true-dark-mode keyboard, you can easily share themes in Gboard.
Tap the gear icon on the keyboard, choose Settings, then Themes, and turn on the dark option in . 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 This opens another interface that's what you say , and the text is then inserted at the desired location. Long-press the space bar to automatically turn on the audio recording option in Gboard or Google, say what you want, and it will show you back to where you were.
So, there is a little known one A secret on Apple's keyboard that lets you quickly add a dot, question mark, number, or character. Another character without letters, but Gboard's implementation is better and easier to get used to.
Just tap the Period key (oh yeah, there's a damn period key!), And then select your punctuation mark or character. For numbers, you do the same as in Apple's version: Tap the number key and slide your finger to the desired number without letting go of the screen.
Tip 11: Make words faster faster
If you tap the Caps Lock key and then tap the letter you want to capitalize without letting go of the screen, This letter will automatically be capitalized when you let go. This is useful if you enter acronyms and nonstandard proper names that Autocorrect can not recognize alone. When entering acronyms, you may want to press the Caps Lock key twice to activate the Caps Lock key.
There's no function in Gboard that lets you create keyboard shortcuts, but any keyboard shortcuts you can in Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> will still work in Gboard.
It's not as smooth as Apple's QuickType keyboard, but it's better than nothing. Sometimes, if you press the spacebar or punctuation after typing the keyboard shortcut, Gboard automatically expands the text to the desired location, but sometimes just adds a suggestion for the extended text in the top bar.
Tip 18: Finding emoji with emoticons
I love using Tip 5 above to search for emoji keywords, but you can also search for emoji using emoticons, Emoji's older siblings. So, when you type :), you'll get emoji suggestions for "grinning face," "grinning face with narrowed eyes," and "slightly smiling face." At least these are the default values of my experience. Their mileage can vary, whichever you use most often.
Unfortunately, there is no emoji to shrug so you still need to use the emoticon ¯ _ (?) _ / ¯ (what you should be doing now
More information: Gboard makes emojis even easier on the iPhone
Tip 19: Clear Your Search History
If you look up the Google, YouTube, and Google Maps search tips above, then you'll build a pretty long history if you use your iPhone occasionally This may not be a good thing, but you can easily erase it by opening the gboard settings via the gear, go to "Search settings" and tap "Erase gboard search history." If prompted, tap Click on "OK", un d You have a clean work surface.
However, if you use the Gboard version built into the Google app and you happen to be signed in to your Google Account, only the history you deleted in Gboard, nothing in your Google Account will be saved.
The Gboard language preferences include a Morse code keyboard that lets you type words with dots and dashes. If you already know the Morse Code, this is a great new way to type, and if not, it's a great new way to learn how people used to communicate via Telegraph.
. While these are some really great features that make Gboard my standard iOS keyboard, I'm a bit jealous of some of the Gboard features that are available on Android, such as: For example, simple translations, input of fractions, a dedicated number series and the deletion of words and sentences by swiping. Maybe one day. …
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