People who have used Android devices in the past know that there are other types of keyboards available for smartphones. Previously iPhone users had only been able to use the default keyboard, but the iOS 8 update has opened the door for third-party keyboards to be installed on your device. One of the most popular of these third-party options is the Swype keyboard, and it is now available for iPhones that have updated to iOS 8.
The method described below will require you to purchase and download the Swype keyboard app, then change a setting on your device. If you have previously added the Emoji keyboard to your iPhone 5, then you will be familiar with the steps needed for adding a new keyboard.
As you start learning more and more about the iPhone, you will discover a lot of interesting things you can do, like add confetti to text that you send to others.
Installing the Swype Keyboard in iOS 8 on an iPhone 5
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5 running the iOS 8 operating system. Earlier versions of iOS do not have the ability to install third-party keyboards.
The Swype keyboard costs $0.99 (USD). This means that you will need to have a payment method set up on your device for iTunes and the App Store before you will be able to purchase this keyboard.
Step 1: Open the App Store.
Step 2: Select the Search option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Type “swype” into the search field at the top of the window, then select the “swype” search result option. The correct keyboard is the one from Nuance Communications, and it costs $0.99. You will be taken to this option by selecting the “swype” search result pointed out in the image below.
Step 4: Touch the $0.99 button to the right of the app icon, touch Buy, then enter your Apple ID password and press OK. If this is the first app that you have downloaded since installing iOS 8, then you will also need to agree to the new iTunes Service Agreement.
Step 5: Press the Home button under your screen to exit the App Store, as we now need to go to the Settings menu and add the Swype keyboard.
Step 6: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 7: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 8: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.
Step 9: Touch the Keyboards button at the top of the screen.
Step 10: Touch the Add New Keyboard button.
Step 11: Select the Swype option.
Step 12: Press the Home button under your screen to exit the Settings menu, then open an app that uses the keyboard, such as Notes.
Step 13: Tap and hold the globe icon, then select the Swype Keyboard option.
The Swype keyboard will remain the active, default keyboard in apps that use a keyboard until you perform step 13 again to switch to a different keyboard.
Your iPhone keyboard also includes a predictive word bar in iOS 8. If you dislike having it there, this article will show you how to remove it.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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