Use Morse code

You can write in Morse code on your mobile device.

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Note: Morse code is available for English (United States) on devices running Android 5.0 and later.

Step 1: Download Gboard

On your Android phone or tablet, install Gboard.

Step 2: Set up the Morse keyboard

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input.
  3. Tap Virtual keyboard and then Gboard.
  4. Tap Languages and then English (US).
  5. Swipe right through the options, and then tap Morse code.
  6. Tap Done.

Step 3: Use Morse code

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open any app that you can type with, such as Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. Touch and hold the spacebar.
  4. Tap Morse code.
  5. Enter text using the dot (.) and dash (-) keys.

The Morse code layout works with accessibility services, such as TalkBack, Switch Access or Select to Speak.

Tip: To play a game and find other learning tools, visit g.co/morse.

Connect an external switch

You can use Android Switch Access to enter Morse code with an external switch device.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input and then Physical keyboard.
  3. Turn on Show virtual keyboard.

Gboard will automatically recognise the keys that your switch device has assigned to the dot (.) and dash (-) characters.

Tip: If you have more than two switches, you can assign more actions to the other switches.

Change settings for Morse layout

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input.
  3. Tap Virtual keyboard and then Gboard.
  4. Tap Languages and then Morse code.
  5. From here, you can turn on settings, such as Sound on keypress, Character timeout and Key repeat.

Hear feedback when you type

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, follow steps 1–4 in 'Change settings for Morse layout'.
  2. Turn on Sound on keypress.

Change character timeout

You can change how long Gboard waits before it turns a Morse code sequence into a letter. You can also send each letter manually.

  • Change how long Gboard waits: Touch and hold the spacebar, then tap Language Settings and then Morse (US) and then Character timeout.
  • Send a letter to the text field manually: Set 'Character timeout' to 'Never'. Then press the spacebar where you see the Morse code.

Set word timeout

If you turn on this feature, you can control how long before letters turn into words when you type.

  • This setting is off by default, so there's no timeout.
  • If you set the timeout to one second, and then type 'hello', your keyboard adds the word and a space to the text field after one second.

Note: When you turn on word timeout, your keyboard auto-corrects, suggests and predicts words as usual.

Repeat keystrokes

To repeat keystrokes: Hold down the dot (.) or dash (-).

When key repeat is on, you can:

  • Set when to start repeating
  • Set the speed of the repeat rate
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