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Use Google Keyboard

With Google Keyboard, you can add text, edit text, or use emojis. To use your keyboard, open an app or tap anywhere you can type text.

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.

Add text

  • To type letters or symbols, tap a key.
  • To type a capital letter, tap Shift Shift and then tap a letter.
  • To turn on caps lock, double-tap Shift Shift. To turn it off again, tap Shift Shift.
  • To see accents and more options, touch and hold a key.

Edit text

  • To place your cursor, drag the cursor to a new position.
  • To move your cursor, swipe left or right from the space bar.
  • To select text, touch and hold a word. Drag the tabs on either side to select more or less.
  • To delete characters, tap or touch and hold Backspace Delete.
  • To cut or copy text, touch and hold the text and then tap Cut or Copy.
  • To paste text, touch and hold the cursor and then tap Paste.

Note: Another way you can move your cursor is to slide your finger left or right from Space.

Use emojis

To add playful emotion to your messages, you can use small, colorful images called emojis..

  1. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  2. Tap Emoji Emoji. If it’s not visible, first tap Symbols Symbols.
  3. You’ll see a list of emojis. Tap the one you want.
  4. To go back to entering letters, tap the ABC or Back key at the bottom.

Tip: To see emojis you’ve used recently, tap Recent Recent.


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