Add a fully functional keyboard to your Apple Watch with Shift Keyboard.
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Typing messages on your Apple Watch can be chore - Scribble doesn't always work and Voice Dictation isn't great in public spaces. What’s wrong with using a traditional keyboard?
By adding a full QWERTY or AZERTY keyboard to your Apple Watch, you can easily reply to your iMessages quickly and privately.
Get started with these key features:
Add a full QWERTY or AZERTY keyboard to your Apple Watch.
Keys are easy to press and there’s support for key previews as you swipe along the keyboard.
A first on Apple Watch, Shift Keyboard allows you to swipe across the keyboard to create words.
Haptic feedback will confirm you’ve entered a character and you can use the Digital Crown to scroll through possible words.
It’s available in QWERTY or AZERTY layouts too.
If you’re finding the other keyboard layouts too difficult to use, you can switch to the Precise layout instead.
Available in Alphabetical, QWERTY or AZERTY layouts, you can scroll through a larger set of keys for maximum precision.
As you’re typing, you can complete words using the Suggestions bar above the keys.
Tap on a suggestion to replace the current typed word with the full suggestion. Great for improving speed on the small screen!
Access all suggestions by tapping the ellipsis icon next to the first two suggestions.
Whilst typing, if you make a mistake, Shift Keyboard will automatically replace the incorrect word with one it thinks is correct.
If it guesses wrong, just turn the Digital Crown to select another one - or your original typed text.
Shift Keyboard has full support for adding symbols, numbers and other special characters.
Unlike the built-in Messages app, Shift Keyboard supports adding an unlimited amount of emoji to a single message!
Simply select the emoji you’d like to add from the emoji picker and it’ll be appended to your message.
Your top 10 most recent emoji will even be suggested the next time you tap the emoji button.
Before sending your message, just tap the text field to view a full preview of your message.
Shift Keyboard uses the built-in Apple Messages app on your Apple Watch to send messages to your contacts.
Type out your message, tap the send button and you’ll be taken to the Messages app with your message ready to go!
Choose to receive Haptic Feedback on actions like key presses and button actions.
For quick and easy access, you can add the Shift Keyboard Complication to your Apple Watch’s Watch Face. Just tap and the keyboard will launch.
Use a swipe left gesture for backspace or a swipe right for a space for quick typing. Full keys for both of these functions are also available too.
After typing out your message and sending to a contact, you can choose to automatically clear the keyboard so you don’t have to clear it yourself.
If your message gets cleared, you can easily get it back by accessing the Force Touch menu and choosing Get Last.
Whilst typing on the Full keyboard, you can see exactly where you are with the pulsing blue cursor.
Customise Shift Keyboard your way.
Access the Settings menu by using Force Touch on the keyboard and you’ll be able to change the layout and toggle auto correct, suggestions & haptic feedback.
No need to install the iPhone app, you can get Shift Keyboard directly from the App Store on your Apple Watch.
Troubleshooting steps are available in the iPhone app.
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Please note, this app requires an Apple Watch for the majority of functions. Currently, sending messages in the Apple Watch app only supports the built-in Apple Messages app using iMessage or SMS.
This update contains bug fixes & minor improvements.
You may have missed:
- Always Capitalised: Enable under Settings > Layout to always show uppercase keys when typing. Use the shift key to check if you're typing in uppercase or lowercase.
- Swipe to Type: This releases adds the ability for you to swipe words to type instead of tapping to enter a character. Haptic feedback will confirm you've entered the character. Just release to add the word to your message!
Shift Keyboard will use a unique algorithm to determine which word you've swiped - if it's incorrect, you can use the Digital Crown to swipe through other possibilities!
Also in this version:
- Tips: Firmly press on the screen, select Info and then Tips to view a few tips and tricks to help you use Shift Keyboard.
- Text Suggestions: The Text Suggestions Engine has been upgraded to be quicker and better than ever.
- Other Improvements: With each release, Shift Keyboard is updated with the latest bug fixes & optimisations to make your typing experience even smoother.
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