For fans of keyboard apps like Swype or Gboard that allow you to glide your fingers over the keys to create words rather than typing one letter at a time, the new QuickPath option on iPadOS & iOS is a great feature.
With QuickPath, you simply swipe over the letters in the word and you can see that “path” as you do. The word then pops into your message, document, or email. This can make typing much faster, especially for those who aren’t exactly nimble on their mobile device keyboards.
Here are the ins, outs, features, and options for the QuickPath keyboard feature on your iPhone or iPad, and how you can most the most of it.
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Enable QuickPath on your keyboard
To make sure that the feature is enabled and ready to go, head to your Settings and then do the following.
- In your Settings, select General.
- Tap Keyboard.
- Scroll down to and make sure the toggle is enabled (green) for Slide on Floating Keyboard to Type.
You’ll notice that right below that setting is one for Delete Slide-to-Type by Word. This is an optional setting that goes along with the one above it. If you enable this, then when you swipe to type, you can just tap the delete button once to remove the entire word you just typed in. Cool, right?
While this Delete Slide-to-Type by Word setting can be convenient, it can also be a little tricky. If you choose one of the predicted words, a space gets added to it afterward. So, the delete button won’t remove that whole word. But if you swipe in a word and discover you need a different one, the feature works just fine and is quite handy!
Use QuickPath on your keyboard
While this swipe feature for the Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod keyboard is a good addition, you must keep in mind that it only works on the iPad’s floating keyboard.
This is unfortunate and hopefully, Apple will add the functionality when using the full-size iPad keyboard down the road. However, it’s still quite useful and here’s how.
Once you enable the iPad’s floating keyboard and turn it into a small square, you’re ready to swipe.
Remember, you can move the floating keyboard anywhere on your screen, so put it where is most comfortable for you. For full details on enabling, disabling, and moving the floating keyboard, check out our helpful guide.
To enter a word, just swipe your fingers through each letter. You can see the “quick path” of the letters you’re swiping through. This makes it super easy to type with not just one hand, but one finger.
So, if you move the floating keyboard to the side of your screen, you can actually type what you need to use only one thumb while you’re holding your iPad!
You can swipe using QuickPath and tap to type on your iPad or iPhone at the same time!
iPadOS allows you to swipe or tap to type interchangeably.
You can switch between QuickPath and key-by-key typing at any point, even in the middle of a sentence. Plus, you can use the predictive words in the top bar of the keyboard the same way and at any point.
What about inserting numbers or punctuation with QuickPath typing on iPhone, iPad, or iPod?
Unfortunately, the QuickPath feature does not currently include access to a punctuation submenu, as many third-party swiping keyboards do. And that’s a big oversight!
You cannot swipe to any other character including numbers, punctuation, or other characters that’s not part of QuickPath’s on-screen keyboard!
For now, all we get is access to a period (.) symbol. Double-tapping the spacebar places a period after a word. But that’s all we have right now.
Without any punctuation or numbers shortcut, it makes using QuickPath a bit more cumbersome for tasks like entering addresses, passwords, phone numbers, or anything else that includes numbers, punctuation, or other special characters!
The key to QuickPath on iPad
To make the most out of this useful feature, the key is to put the floating keyboard in the most comfortable spot to use whichever finger is easiest for you to swipe.
Let us know your thoughts on the QuickPath keyboard feature on iPadOS in the comments below!
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