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Type by sliding your finger

You can quickly spell out words by sliding your finger from letter to letter on Gboard.

Note: This kind of typing isn’t available in all languages.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Write text by sliding your finger

  1. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  2. Slide your finger across the letters of the word you want, then lift your finger.
  3. You’ll see a word in the message field.
  4. To edit a word, type the changes or choose a suggestion.
  5. When you’re done, tap Send Send.

Delete text by sliding your finger

  1. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  2. Tap where you want to put your cursor.
  3. To delete words, swipe left while you touch and hold Backspace Delete.

Change your typing settings

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages, input & gestures.
  3. Tap Virtual keyboard and then Gboard and then Glide typing.
  4. Pick an option.
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