Three useful Google Keyboard (Gboard) tips/tricks for Android users

Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by admin

Do you use Google Keyboard (now Gboard) on your Android phone? Want to learn some cool typing tricks? If your answer to these questions is YES, you've come to the right place as in this tutorial, we will discuss three Google Keyboard-related tips/tricks that'll not only save your time, but also enhance your overall experience with the app.

But before we move ahead, it's worth mentioning that all the instructions presented in this article have been tested on a Google Nexus 5 running Android 6.0.1.

Gboard typing tips/tricks

Do you know, you can reduce the 2-tap process of typing a number or a symbol into a single-tap one? Here's how you can do that:

Usually whenever we need to type a number or a symbol (like hyphen or underscore), we tap the ?123 button on the keyboard and then tap that particular number/symbol. However, there exists an easier alternative: touch the ?123 button - and in the same flow i.e, without lifting your finger - slide it on the keyboard.

You'll observe that the keyboard now shows available numbers and symbols. Take your finger to the number/symbol you want to type and then lift it. That's it.

Symbols in Android Keyboard

It's not as difficult as it appears - just a bit of practice and you'll be good.

Moving on, on the similar lines, you can quickly access alphabets in caps. Just touch the up-arrow button that you usually use when you need to type an alphabet in caps, and without lifting your finger, slide to the alphabet you want to type.

quickly access alphabets in caps

So that's about it.

The third trick will allow you to quickly access fraction values like 1/4, 3/4, and more. For this, one way is to long-press a number button, and you'll see the available fraction values:

quickly access fraction values

While there's no problem with this approach per se, the number of taps here come out to be 2. You can further reduce one tap by mixing the first trick we discussed in this tutorial with this one - instead of lifting your finger immediately, give it some time, and you'll see the fraction values will appear:

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