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Search Google & send results from your keyboard

You can search Google and send search results right from your device's keyboard using Gboard. Gboard is available for iPhones and iPads with iOS 9+.

With Gboard you can:

  • Search and send anything from Google, such as nearby restaurants, videos, and weather forecasts.
  • Search and send GIFs and emojis.
  • Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter with Glide Typing. 

Download and set up Gboard

Set up Gboard
  1. On your device, download Gboard from the App Store.
  2. Open Gboard Gboard.
  3. Tap Get started.
  4. Tap Add New Keyboard.
  5. Tap Gboard.
  6. Tap Gboard again.
  7. Next to "Allow Full Access," tap the switch. 

Note: Full access lets you use Google Search in your keyboard. Your searches are sent to Google, but nothing else you type is.

Make Gboard your main keyboard

You can reorder your keyboards so that Gboard is the first keyboard that shows up.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings Settings  and then General and then Keyboard and then Keyboards.
  2. At the top right, tap Edit.
  3. Next to Gboard, touch and hold Reorder Reorder. Then drag the icon to the top of the keyboards.
  4. Tap Done.

 Open Gboard

  1. While in an app, tap the message field.
  2. The keyboard will appear.
  3. If Gboard isn't your main keyboard, touch and hold Next keyboard Next keyboard.
  4. Other available keyboards will appear.
  5. Tap Gboard.

Search and send using Gboard

Search Google and send results

With Gboard, you can search as you normally would with Google. You can search for things like a flight number or videos. Then, you can share your search result cards.

  1. While in an app, open Gboard.
  2. Tap Google Google .
  3. In the Search bar, start typing search terms.
  4. Tap an instant result or finish typing your terms, then tap Search.
  5. Search result cards appear.
  6. Tap the card you want to share. A title and link to the page will be entered in the message field.
  7. To send an image of the card, tap the message field, then tap Paste.
  8. Tap Send.

Search for an image

  1. Follow Steps 1–4 above.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Image Image.
  3. Tap the image you want to share.
  4. Tap the message field, then tap Paste.
  5. Tap Send.
Search and send emojis and GIFs

Send an emoji

  1. Open Gboard.
  2. Tap Emoji index Emoji .
  3. Tap one or more emojis you want.
  4. To search for emojis: In the "Search emojis" field, enter search terms, then tap Search. Or below the emojis, tap an emoji category.
  5. Tap Send.

Send a GIF

  1. Open Gboard.
  2. Tap Emoji index Emoji .
  3. Tap GIF.
  4. To search for GIFs: In the "Search GIFs" field, enter search terms, then tap Search. Or below the GIF field, tap a GIF category.
  5. Tap the GIF you want.
  6. Tap the message field, then tap Paste.
  7. Tap Send.

Send a sticker

  1. Open Gboard.
  2. Tap Google Google  and then Stickers Insert sticker.
  3. Tap a sticker to insert it. If you haven't already added stickers, you'll be asked to download a pack.

To add stickers: At the bottom right, tap Emoji Emoji and then Stickers Insert sticker and then Add Add.

Type by sliding your finger

With Gboard, you can quickly spell out words by sliding your finger from letter to letter.

  1. Open Gboard.
  2. Slide your finger across the letters of the word you want, then lift your finger.
  3. A word will be entered in the message field. You don't need to tap the space bar between words.
  4. Repeat Step 2 for the next word.
  5. If you want to edit a word, type out the changes or choose a different word from the options below the message field.
  6. Tap Send.

Tips for using Gboard

  • You can't use your voice to search Google and send messages with Gboard.
  • To search Google and access GIFs, you'll need to be connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.

Troubleshoot

I see "null — Gboard" message

Sometimes when you update your version of Gboard, you might see "null" next to Gboard in your keyboard list. To fix the issue, remove Gboard from your keyboard list, then add it back.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings Settingsand then General and then Keyboard and then Keyboards.
  2. At the top right, tap Edit.
  3. Next to Gboard, tap Remove Removeand then Delete and then Done.
  4. Tap Add New Keyboard and then Gboard.

If that doesn’t work, try restarting your phone.

Gboard switches to another keyboard

If Gboard automatically switches to another keyboard, touch and hold Next keyboard Next keyboard. Then, tap Gboard.

You can reduce this issue by making Gboard your main keyboard.

Gboard is no longer in my keyboard list

Sometimes when you update your version of Gboard, it might disappear from your keyboard list. To add Gboard back to your keyboard list:

On your iPhone, go to Settings Settings and then General and then Keyboardand thenKeyboards and thenAdd new keyboard and then Gboard.

Privacy and search history

Privacy

We know the things you type on your phone are personal, so we've designed Gboard to keep your private info private.

What Gboard sends to Google:

  • Gboard sends your searches to Google's web servers to give you search results.
  • Gboard also sends usage statistics to Google to let us know which features are used most often and to help us understand problems if the app crashes. 

What Gboard doesn't send to Google:

  • Other than your searches, Gboard doesn't send anything you type to Google, whether it's a password or chat with a friend. Gboard will remember words you type to help you with spelling or to predict searches you might be interested in, but this data is stored only on your device. This data can't be accessed by Google or by any apps other than Gboard.
  • If you’ve turned on contacts search in Gboard search settings, this allows Gboard to search the contacts on your device so you can easily share. None of these queries are sent to Google.
Delete your search history

You can delete your search history from your device. If you delete your search history, your past searches won't be associated with your Google Account and they won't show up as predictions in the search box.

  1. On your Home screen, open the Gboard app Gboard.
  2. Tap Search settings and then Clear search history.

Remove Gboard

If you no longer want to use Gboard, here's how to remove it:

  1. On your device, go to Settings Settings and then General and then Keyboard and then Keyboards.
  2. At the top right, tap Edit.
  3. Next to Gboard, tap Remove Remove.

 

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