Over the past few years, smartphone usage has skyrocketed. As most people who use smartphones can confirm, one of the biggest uses for them is simple convenience.
You can send messages, make calls, take photos and videos, find directions, and more right from your phone. There are so many apps available too, making it a veritable hub of productivity and creativity.
However, some users have found that typing on their phone can be a real challenge. If you have small hands or find it difficult to type on your phone without looking, this can be a problem.
For those who need even more time to adjust to typing on their phone, adding a keyboard extension is a great way to improve typing speed and accuracy.
Next, you will select the General menu. This option allows you to change your keyboard style, add extra keyboards, and adjust key-tap sounds.
Under Keyboard Style, you can choose between Default, iPad, and Numberpad. Default is the standard keyboard that you are used to. The iPad style has no spacebar and shifts some keys around, like putting the @ symbol in the leftmost position. The numberpad style looks like a number pad on a phone and has more symbols and rearranged keys.
Under Additional Keyboards, you can add other languages to your keyboard. This makes it so that when you either type or paste in a different language, your iPhone will recognize what language it is and switch the keyboard to match.
Under Key Tap Sounds, you can turn off the little tap sound that confirms your key press.
Next, you will select which keyboard you would like to use. There are a few built-in keyboards and a plethora of third-party keyboards to choose from.
The built-in keyboards include Dvorak, QWERTY, QWERTY Simplified, and Gesture. The Dvorak keyboard is a different layout that was designed to improve typing efficiency. The other three are all the standard keyboard layouts.
Third-party keyboards include SwiftKey, Gboard, Fleksy, TouchPal, and many more. These all have different features that suit different typing styles and needs. Some have autocorrect features, others have swipe input or gesture input, and some are plain old letter replacement.
Some of the most popular third-party keyboards are SwiftKey, Gboard, and TouchPal.
Select Key Size
Once in the Keyboard section, you can select the size of the keys. There are four settings: Small, Normal, Large, and Huge.
Small makes it harder to hit the wrong key, so it is useful if you have trouble seeing the keys or need it for small hands.
Normal is the default and typical iPhone size. Large makes it easier to hit the key and guess what letter or word it is, which can be useful if you have trouble seeing or matching letters.
Huge makes it almost impossible to type correctly unless you have super long fingers! It is fun to play with once in a while though.
You can also adjust the spacing between keys in normal mode to make it more difficult or easy to type correctly.
Choose Larger Keys
If you do not like the default size of the keys on your phone, you can make them bigger. You can make them bigger by going into your phone settings and choosing General>Accessibility>Large Text.
This will allow you to toggle the size of the keyboard characters as well as add a Large Key option. The Large Key option will add a button to the top right of the keyboard that, when pressed, adds a large key.
You can then choose what key you want and it will be larger than the other keys. This is great for allowing more room between each character so you can find and press them more easily.
The only downside is that some of the keys will not change size so they may still be difficult to find and press. However, this is a good way to allow some extra room on the keyboard for those with limited mobility in their hands.
Reboot your phone
If your phone is acting up, the first thing you should do is reboot it. This means turning it off and then back on. Don’t just do a quick off and back on- really take the time to shut it off and then restart it.
Sometimes apps or programs get stuck or aren’t functioning correctly. A complete shutdown and reboot re-starts the whole system so any glitches get fixed.
If you have trouble pulling up your homescreen or switching apps, a reboot is an easy fix. Try it next time you have trouble with your phone!
If you are having problems with your keyboard being too small, try rebooting your phone and see if that fixes the issue.
Change the font size
If you are tired of reading tiny text, you can make your keyboard bigger. You can do this on your iPhone by changing the font size.
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Large Text and turn this feature on. Then, return to the keyboard and press down the keys to test them.
Once you get used to the larger size, it will take longer to type because there are more keys. This is good if you are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome or other wrist issues that make typing hard. It is also a good way to prevent repetitive strain injury due to the longer time between each key presses.
The large text option works for all apps, not just for texting. Try it out for other apps like Twitter and Facebook to see how it changes the interface. It may take some getting used to, but it will help with visibility overall.
Use predictive text
Predictive text saves you time and energy by automatically filling in words and phrases for you. You can enable this feature by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Predictive Text and turning it on.
Once it’s on, you can adjust the settings by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Predictive Text. Here, you can choose from various algorithms based on your personal typing style. You can also turn off individual words or phrases in the prediction.
For example: “I like pizza.” The keyboard will already predict the word “like” at the end of the sentence, so all you have to do is press down on the space bar.
Make the keyboard smaller
If you want to make the keyboard smaller, you can use the voiceover feature instead. This is similar to Siri, however, it is just for the keyboard.
Voiceover is a feature that describes what is happening on your screen. It describes which buttons you should tap and which order you should tap them in to perform an action.
It also describes what appears on the screen as well as what type of screen it is (e.g. menu, list, etc.). This helps with navigating through apps and features very detailed descriptions of things.
For example, when using the camera app, Voiceover will describe what appears on the screen (“Take photo” button, camera lens, options button- “switch cameras” or “use selfie camera”) and that it is a menu option.
It also tells you how to use the option (you must tap the “use selfie camera” option).