Hanx Writer expands recreating the permanence of a typewriter with the convenience of your iPad and iPhone.

As ever, the report of SHOOK SHOOK and KLOCK-KLOCK is mated with the luxuries of the DELETE key. Your typewriting will be true word-processing with the look, feel, and sound of a classic writing machine. Every Hanx Writer document can be emailed, printed – shared! – with a personality as unique as the person who creates it.

And, Hanx Writer is on the go! Enjoy the tactile thrill of typing up text messages, emails, notes and more in most third-party apps that use a keyboard.

Explore the complete Hanx Writer typewriter collection: The Hanx Prime Select is writers best friend (and it’s FREE); take the Hanx 707 on any journey and admire the elegance (and the fitt-fitt) of the Hanx Golden Touch. Each machine is unique.

And now, there’s more! The Hanx Matterhorn is born of Swiss Precision - sharp & imposing; The Hanx Del Sol glows bright & brilliant with promise; and the Hanx Electric will help you write your story, your way.

You already know how to work them – so get writing!

Tom Hanks

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

**Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
974 Ratings

974 Ratings

Wifeofrob ,

Thank you Sir

I can still see the light coming through the tall windows of the typing classroom. I can still smell the faint mustiness of that old room and l most certainly can still hear Mrs. Smiley (yes, that was really her name—and she’s not an emoji) asking us to take out our typing books and start typing. There were only a couple of IBM Selectrics because they were expensive and in very short supply. So only those who were at the top of the class got to choose the Selectric, if they so desired. Even though I had the opportunity a few times for the choice of the Selectric, I MUCH preferred the “shook shook” and the “clock clock” of the old Coronas and Royals that filled rest of the tables. When my husband and I saw the journalism piece on Sunday Morning, we were just extremely fascinated by your beautiful collection, and maybe even a little inspired to start one of our own. For now, we will relish in the use of the Hanx Writer. Thank you for bringing back a sweet glimmer of the past. Those surely were the good old days and you sir, gave us a little of that back in the Hanx Writer. Blogging, journaling and finally getting around to writing a book will be far more enjoyable now. Thank you sir. This is brilliant and we are both absolutely loving the app.
With warmest regards,
The Bartletts
Mobile, Alabama

Cat 👍 ,

Okay, just some tweaks

As another user said, the keyboard doesn’t know when to switch back to the abc keyboard after entering a number. Please change this. I also wish that the caps lock didn’t take so long to activate. Some others might not feel this problem because I’m a very fast typer and I have to wait for the caps lock to click and activate which takes a second, I know, but it’s too slow for my taste. I understand that old typewriters are like that, but I only downloaded the app for the clicking noises. Can you possibly make it an option to make the caps lock activate right away? Also, I’ve experienced some abnormal glitches and crashing. Otherwise, my experience with this app has been awesome.

Edit: Found another complaint after adding the keyboard onto my iPad. When you use the keyboard on different apps, it minimizes and sticks on the corner. I don’t know if it’s just me or not. It gives me a difficult time typing. The app is great and so is the typewriter keyboard, but only if you use the keyboard in the app only. Also, if you’re using the app only, know that you can only have one document. Don’t delete any of the documents written by Hanx, just erase all the words and use the document as a new one, because you have to pay to own multiple documents. This is a great disappointment to me, so I’m afraid I’ll have to change my rating.

onenonlyanie ,

Novelty, not novels

This app is fun for about 10 minutes until you realize you can't do anything with it but create a draft that will need to be totally rewritten elsewhere (as though it were a real typewriter, I guess). You can only copy one page at a time, and the actual typing isn't modernized enough (like knowing to switch back to letters after you finish typing a number). The yellow, teal and red typewriters look very fake compared to the black and white. Waste of money upgrading to all of the typewriter styles and getting the third party keyboard, which crashes all of my apps.

Update: app does work with a Bluetooth keyboard, which it did not previously. It may be because I’m now using a newer iPad, but I am not sure. Thanks to Apple (note that this app hasn’t been updated in 2 years), you can now create a PDF under the “share” button (the box with the arrow up). Text, however, would still need to be copied one page at a time.

As an iPad app, I can see it having value to make individual pages or notes or something else that is only needed once or you don’t need to copy, except perhaps a list where the hard return generated by the carriage return isn’t an issue. But the value is in the pleasure of nostalgia, the satisfaction of the sounds, memories that arise from the visceral experience.


Seller, Inc
119.2 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Writer's Block Bundle $4.99
  2. Hanx 707 $2.99
  3. Hanx Golden Touch $2.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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