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On-screen keyboards

There are a number of pre-installed text entry providers on your device.

The default text entry provider may depend on the regional or language settings you use. One or more text entry providers might not be available in your region.

SwiftKey® keyboard

You can enter text using the on-screen keyboard by tapping each letter individually, or you can use the SwiftKey flow feature and slide your finger from letter to letter to form words.

Swiftkey overview

1 Display numbers and symbols
2 Switch between lower case, upper case and all caps
3 Access smileys
4 Enter a comma
5 Enter a space
6 Enter punctuation
7 Delete
8 Enter a carriage return

For more information about SwiftKey, go to

To display the on-screen keyboard to enter text

  • Tap a text entry field.

To use the on-screen keyboard in landscape orientation

  • When the on-screen keyboard is displayed, turn the device sideways.

You may need to adjust the settings in some applications to enable landscape orientation.

To switch between different on-screen keyboard options

  1. Find and tap Settings > System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard.
  2. Tap Manage keyboards, then tap the slider to enable or disable the keyboard.

To enter text character by character

  1. To enter a character visible on the keyboard, tap the character.
  2. To enter a character variant, touch and hold a regular keyboard character to get a list of available options, then select from the list. For example, to enter "é", touch and hold "e" until other options appear, then, while keeping your finger pressed on the keyboard, drag to and select "é".

To enter a full stop

  • After you enter a word, double-tap the space bar.

To enter text using the gesture input function

  1. When the on-screen keyboard is displayed, slide your finger from letter to letter to trace the word that you want to write.
  2. After you finish entering a word, lift up your finger. A word suggestion appears based on the letters that you have traced.
  3. If the word that you want does not appear, tap Delete text icon to see other options and select accordingly. If the desired option does not appear, delete the entire word and trace it again, or enter the word by tapping each letter individually.
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