Swype Keyboard

Swype Keyboard by Nuance Communications, Inc


(3 stars)



500,000 - 1,000,000 downloads

  • 4 different text input system
  • Touchscreen responsiveness
  • Accurate prediction engine
  • Learning curve
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Expert's Review

"Typing times are over"

Reviewed by / Aug 21, 2014

An innovative keyboard with a disrupting text input system

Swype was probably the first keyboard replacement that challenged the traditional typing (tapping) text input system on mobile devices. Afterwards, some copied that new system based on drawing path from one letter to the next.

You can now enjoy at a cost this excellent keyboard that enables users to choose among 4 different text input systems: Swype, speak, write and tap. Of course, swiping is the basis. Use your fingertips to draw a path from letter to letter until you've formed the word. This system is, obviously, backed by a powerful and accurate prediction engine that helps the user get the right word faster (it even learns from your swiping style). It requires some time to get used to it, however, once the user advances through the learning curve, it becomes one of the fastest text input systems

Besides swiping, users can also input text with their voice thanks to its accurate speech-to-text technology. Write is another input system that Swype keyboards come with: use your finger to draw letters and words (gestures) and Swype will turn them into text. Finally, like other keyboard replacements (and the built-in Android keyboard), you can text by tapping letters, the classic way but, making the most of Swype's prediction engine.

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Developer's original description available here
Now with intuitive Emoji support for 8 languages and free material design themes!

“[Swype’s] years of experience still make for the most accurate gesture keyboard available.” – TIME, 50 Best Android Apps for 2013
“Revolutionary and quickly makes thumb-typing feel antiquated.” - PC Magazine, Android App of the Year 2013

•250+ Million Users and Growing
•Own the Original Swype Keyboard that Started it All – Accept No Imitations

Swype is all about YOU. Whether you’re a fast tapper, exact typer or a Swype Ninja, get ready for a better, faster keyboard experience that gets smarter the more you use it. Swype pays attention to the way you input text and creates a personal language model that follows you from device to device. Swype – the world’s most powerful keyboard.


NEW: Intuitive Emoji support in 8 Languages: English (+UK), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese. Simply tap or Swype a word and Swype will proactively suggest the corresponding Emoji from the Word Choice List. Don’t just take our Emoji for it, give it a try!

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER KEYBOARD THEMES - Hold down the Swype key and select "Themes" to get yours! Buy one at the promotional price of $1.99 today.

BILINGUAL SUPPORT – Swype now lets you enter words from two languages at once! Words suggested by Swype will automatically adjust to your bilingual language preferences.

MORE CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS – Swype lets you customize your keyboard including long-press delay, vibration duration, keyboard height and mini left/right keyboards in landscape mode.

ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT – Swype supports Android’s “Talkback” and “Explore by Touch” accessibility features. When accessibility features are enabled the user’s entered text will be spoken back.

PERSONAL DICTIONARY BACKUP & SYNC – Swype enables you to backup your personal dictionary to the cloud and synchronize it with any Android device with Swype on it – never lose the words that you add to your personal dictionary again! (Opt-in feature)

SWYPE LIVING LANGUAGE & HOTWORDS keeps you always up to date with a real-time, crowd-sourced and news derived language model that gives you immediate access to our continuously updated language dictionary. Imagine having instant access to the hottest words and phrases that people are using at that moment.(Opt-in feature)

NEXT WORD PREDICTION – So intelligent, it's like Swype can read your mind! The most powerful language models on the market train your device to learn your unique vocabulary and predict your words based on previous usage, Swype can predict commonly used words and phrases.

LANGUAGE DOWNLOADS – Swype supports more than 71 downloadable languages and 20 dialects.

TABLET KEYBOARDS – Swype features three unique tablet keyboard designs: a full screen keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split screen keyboard.

DRAGON DICTATION – Swype comes with best-in-class voice recognition so you can go hands-free and dictate text quickly with a simple press of the voice key on the Swype keyboard.

KEYBOARD THEMES – With a wide variety of themes to choose from, you can personalize the look of your Swype keyboard to one that is all your own.

GESTURES – Use Swype gestures for quick everyday tasks such as:
• Select All (Swype key to ‘A’)
• Cut (Swype key to ‘X’)
• Copy (Swype key to ‘C’)
• Paste (Swype key to ‘V’)
• Search (Swype key to ‘S’)

Want to learn more?
New users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2pQmNfOoKU
Returning Swype'rs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h75VTpHQIUA

For support, please see our knowledge base or contact our technical support team: http://technicalsupport.nuance.com.


Swype Keyboard Videos

Recently changed in this version

5/11/2015: v1.9
Easy number entry - tapping on keys that have numbers as secondary characters will provide a number / symbol suggestion (ex: tapping “ejqp” suggests “3:10", "swpp" suggests "$200")
Phrase prediction - Swype can now predict two-word phrases (ex: entering "How" could predict "are you" )
Chinese Cloud Prediction
Various crash and bug fixes (thanks for reporting!)

Lists with Swype Keyboard

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund, Reviewed by Anna Grace.

Changelog and permissions

PermissionsChangelogPackage com.nuance.swype.dtc
  • - Know where you approximately are.
  • - Know exactly where you are. It uses GPS.
  • - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
  • - Access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • - Use Bluetooth to connect to a paired device.
  • - Have access to the list of accounts linked to your device.
  • - Send and receive internet info.
  • - android.permission.READ_CALL_LOG
  • - Read your contact data.
  • - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • - Read phone state. Used to know whether you're in a call or not.
  • - To read SMS.
  • - android.permission.READ_USER_DICTIONARY
  • - Record audio.
  • - Use the vibrator.
  • - Prevent your device from sleeping or screen from dimming (turn brightness down).
  • - Write whatever to your SD card.
  • - Sell digital goods through in-app purchase.
  • - Query Android Market to obtain their licensing status. Used to avoid piracy.

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Comments and ratings for Swype Keyboard
  • (0)

    by i has on 14/05/2015

    Full of of useless words no one would ever use!

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    by tsorf ssej J.F. on 14/05/2015

    Intuitive emoji support is nice, but I would also like an optional emoji keyboard. Lacking an optional numbers row. If a swype like keyboard with manual emoji input showed up on the market I would switch in a heartbeat.

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    by Mein Droid on 14/05/2015

    After above update I have too many problems

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    by Quinton Wells on 14/05/2015

    I notice the app has been updated in the last 24 hours. I can't see any option to restore my words from the backup. In the last few days my dictionary went from being several pages of words collected over a few years to being empty. Why was my dictionary wiped? How can I get a restore from the backup, please? Why can't I add words in the editor?

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    by JEFFERY MORRIS on 14/05/2015

    I've got the same problems as Patrick. SWYPE was my favorite, now it doesn't recognize gestures. Now I have to hunt and peck. I don't mind paying for a product that works. Unfortunately this one doesn't, at least for me.

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    by Nj Lee on 14/05/2015

    Please create more pretty colorful pink & purple :) keyboards for us women. It will make a lot of us more satisfied with your product. Thank you.

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    by Michael Clarke on 14/05/2015

    Having recently switched from a Windows phone, this keyboard provides one of the best features from the old phone.