Typewise & Smartphone Keyboard Apps: FAQ

Did you know that your smartphone keyboard is the most used app on your iPhone or Android device? Many people don’t realise you can change your default Gboard, SwiftKey or Apple keyboard  – for a better, faster, more secure, keyboard like Typewise.

We’ve written a handy Q&A about Typewise and smartphone keyboard apps in general to help answer all your questions about keyboard apps for phones.

So here’s to faster, more accurate, and more private typing!

NOTE: for support and technical questions please see the Typewise support page.

What are smartphone keyboard apps?

A keyboard app is essentially just the keyboard that you use to type everything on your smartphone. From writing emails to instant messages, most apps use the default keyboard that comes pre-installed with your iPhone or Android phone. Many people don’t realise that their default Gboard, SwiftKey or Apple keyboard can be quickly and easily changed for a better alternative.
Can I download a different phone keyboard?
Yes! You can download an alternative to Gboard, SwiftKey, Apple keyboard or any other smartphone keyboard in fact. There are several free smartphone apps to choose from – including Typewise.
What are downloadable keyboards?
A downloadable keyboard is a smartphone keyboard app that you can download to your iPhone or Android phone. You can use a downloadable keyboardlike Typewise an alternative to the default Gboard, SwiftKey or Apple keyboard that normally come pre-installed with your smartphone.
What are the best smartphone keyboard apps?
We set out to build the best smartphone keyboard app in the world and we think we have achieved that. But there are several other keyboard apps for your phone which you can try. Some are paid, some are free, and some – like Typewise – have a free and PRO (paid) version. Why not read what our users say about Typewise and give it a try by downloading it for free?
Is Typewise an autocorrect keyboard?
Yes. We have supercharged the Typewise keyboard with our custom-built autocorrect AI. We have specifically designed our autocorrect keyboard to be better at understanding what you are trying to type and therefore present the most accurate autocorrections. We also built our AI to learn from you as you type, so that it gets better and better over the days and weeks that you use it. Typewise can even learn your slang words and colloquial language creating a quicker, more natural smartphone typing experience.
Does Typewise keyboard have predictive text functionality?
Yes. Typewise’s smartphone keyboard uses custom-built AI to predict what words you are most likely to want to use next. Just tap the suggested prediction to select it and enjoy faster typing.
What are the best Apple keyboard, SwiftKey & Gboard alternatives for my phone?
There are several different keyboard apps that you can download as Gboard or SwiftKey alternatives. We believe that Typewise is the best alternative keyboard – but don’t just take our word for it – read what the tech media says about us here: Typewise reviews.
What are the best multilingual keyboard apps for smartphones?
Typewise is designed to make it easier for people to type in two or more different languages. As a Swiss company – we come from a nation with four official national languages (can you name them all?). So being able to type in multiple languages easily was important for us. So we built the Typewise smartphone keyboard to be able to recognise when you type a word in a second or third language and instantly switch the autocorrect and predictive text functionality to that language, without having to mess around manually changing your keyboard language settings.
What are the best autocorrect keyboards for phones?
The best autocorrect keyboards for iPhone and Android phones is debatable. The incumbent keyboards (Gboard, SwiftKey, Apple keyboard) all have a level of autocorrect functionality. However, we’ve all experienced plenty of ‘ducking’ autocorrect fails which is why Typewise set out to build the best autocorrect keyboard in the world. Using our custom-built AI – we have created a keyboard app that gives you superior autocorrect functionality – and therefore makes typing on your phone faster, and more accurate.
Why does Typewise have a hexagon keyboard?
The patented Typewise hexagon keyboard – also known as a honeycomb keyboard -  is designed to make typing on your smartphone easier and more accurate. Our hexagon keys are slightly bigger than on a standard smartphone keyboard (ideal for fat fingers!) and our optimised key arrangement means fewer (4 x fewer in our tests) typos. But if you still prefer to use the classic QWERTY layout, you can also select that arrangement on Typewise, whilst still enjoying our supercharged autocorrect AI, 100% privacy, and our language-recognition tech.
Can I change the Typewise hexagon keyboard to QWERTY?
Yes. If you prefer to use the classic QWERTY layout to our patented honeycomb hexagon keyboard, you can simply select that arrangement, whilst still enjoying our supercharged autocorrect AI, privacy, and our language-recognition tech.
Is the Typewise keyboard for smartphones, free?
Yes. The Typewise is a free smartphone keyboard app for Android or iPhone (iOS). We also offer a paid PRO version which has additional functionality.
What is a secure smartphone keyboard and why is a privacy keyboard important?
A privacy keyboard or secure smartphone keyboard, is one which doesn’t share your keystrokes over the internet. All of the incumbent keyboard apps – Apple Keyboard, Gboard and SwiftKey – transmit your typing data to the cloud. Though these keyboards are generally considered secure, we believe the only way to ensure your typing privacy is preserved  – is to build a privacy keyboard by design.

Therefore Typewise is able to perform all off its supercharged functionality, on your phone itself, meaning the words you type are not transmitted away from your smartphone device.

An even bigger risk to your privacy are other third party keyboards which specifically steal your keystrokes and data; at best for advertising, at worst, for malicious purposes like spying on you.

We believe that privacy and security are must-haves for our smartphones, which is why we built Typewise as a 100% private keyboard.
How do I change my keyboard on Android?
To change your keyboard app on Android – simply to go:

Settings > System & updates > Language & input

From there, select your default keyboard for your device.
How do I change my keyboard on iPhone?
To change your keyboard app on iPhone – simply to go:

Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard

From there, select your default keyboard for your device.
What is a big button keyboard app and does Typewise have larger keys?
A big button keyboard app for is a keyboard with keys that are larger than regular smartphone keyboards. This makes it easier for people with larger fingers (sometimes called 'fat fingers!') to type. Older people also often find it easier to type with big button keyboards - or 'fat finger keyboards. Typewise's hexagonal keyboard is a big button keyboard which makes it easier for everyone to type on their smartphone.
What is an emoji keyboard and is Typewise an emoji keyboard?
An emoji keyboard for a smartphone is a keyboard app which offers a large range of emojis and sometimes gifs. However, the name is somewhat misleading because almost all smartphone keyboards allow you to use emojis (and gifs) and most so-called 'emoji keyboards' also allow you to enter normal letters and words. Therefore - almost every smartphone keyboard - including Typewise - is an 'emoji keyboard' to a large extent.
How does Typewise make money?
Typewise is a small start-up that is currenty privately funded. We don't run any advertising nor do we collect any user data. We currently make revenue from the paid version of our smartphone keyboard: Typewise PRO. Users can opt for a lifetime purchase, or a monthly or annual subscription. Supporting us by purchasing Typewise PRO allows us to continually improve our keyboard app as well as move into new areas of opportunity for our custom-built AI.
Why use Typewise keyboard instead of Gboard, SwiftKey or Apple Keyboard?
Typewise is a secure, private keyboard that shares no user data, unlike the above competitors. We offer custom-built autocorrect AI, language auto-detection, and our unique hexagonal keyboard layout which is optimised for the way people type on smartphones (as opposed to QWERTY which was optimised for physical keyboards.) This means Typewise keyboard offers a better (faster and more accurate) typing experience on smartphone - which is also 100% private.
How long does it take to learn on Typewise's hexagonal keyboard app?
Typically users take between 3 days and 2 weeks to become fully comfortable with using Typewise's unique hexgonal keyboard app.
How can I learn to type on Typewise faster?
There are two tips that successful Typewise users say helped them adapt to Typewise. Firstly - take the tutorial; this will explain the gestures you require to become a master. Secondaly, don't switch back to QWERTY layout. At first, it may be tempting to return to the layout you are familiar with. But doing so only prolongs your learning period. The best way to become a faster smartphone typist on Typewise is to use it as much as possible.