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Type with gestures

You can type quickly by sliding your finger from letter to letter.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.

Type words with gestures

You can spell out words from your keyboard dictionary by sliding your finger from letter to letter.

  1. To open the keyboard, tap an area where you can enter text.
  2. Touch where you want to type.
  3. On the keyboard, slide your finger from letter to letter to spell a word. Above your keyboard, you’ll see matching words.
  4. When done, lift your finger.

You can repeat this for each word. Spaces insert automatically.

Select and delete words and phrases with gestures

You can highlight words and phrases using gestures to delete them quickly.

  1. To open the keyboard, tap an area where you can enter text.
  2. Tap where you want to put your cursor.
  3. To delete words, slide your finger right from Backspace Delete.
  4. Lift your finger.

Change your gesture settings

Turn gesture typing on/off & change settings

You can change how gesture typing works, and turn it off or on.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Language & input.
  3. Under "Keyboard & input methods," tap Virtual keyboard.
  4. Tap Google Keyboard.
  5. Tap Gesture Typing.
  6. You can tap to switch these features on or off:
    • Enable gesture typing
    • Show gesture trail
    • Enable gesture delete
    • Enable gesture cursor control
Languages you can gesture in

You can use gestures in these languages.

  • English (US)
  • Afrikaans
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Bulgarian (BDS)
  • Catalan
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch (Belgium)
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • English (India)
  • English (UK)
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • French (Switzerland)
  • Galician
  • Georgian
  • German (Germany)
  • German (Switzerland)
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Italian (Switzerland)
  • Kazakh
  • Kyrgyz
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian (Cyrillic)
  • Serbian (Latin)
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (US)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese

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