Swipe and type messages on your Apple Watch using a fully functional keyboard with Shift Keyboard.
* As featured on 9to5Mac, Cult of Mac, AppAdvice & iPhon.fr *
Typing messages on Apple Watch can be chore - Scribble doesn't always work and Dictation isn't great in public spaces. With Shift Keyboard, you get a fully-fledged keyboard straight on your wrist, no awkward typos necessary!
By adding a full QWERTY, AZERTY or QWERTZ keyboard to your Apple Watch, you can reply to iMessages quickly and privately. Auto correct and smart text predictions quickly ensures what you type is accurate and makes senses.
Shift Keyboard contains these great features:
Add a full QWERTY, AZERTY or QWERTZ keyboard to your Apple Watch.
Keys are easy to press and there’s support for key previews as you swipe along the keyboard.
Shift Keyboard was the first to introduce swipe typing on Apple Watch and provides a more efficient way to type out messages on your wrist.
If the first predicted word isn’t correct, you can use the Digital Crown to scroll through possible words.
As you’re typing, you can complete words using the Suggestions bar above the keys.
Tap on a suggestion to replace the current typed word with the full suggestion. Great for improving speed on the small screen!
Access all suggestions by tapping the ellipsis icon next to the first two suggestions.
Whilst typing, if you make a mistake, Shift Keyboard will automatically replace the incorrect word with one it thinks is correct. You can even enable the Predict While Typing mode to guess the word you’re typing after every key press.
You can use the Digital Crown to cycle through other predictions to the word you’re typing.
Shift Keyboard has full support for adding symbols, numbers and other special characters.
Shift Keyboard supports adding an unlimited amount of emoji to a single message! Simply tap the emoji icon to get started and pick from Apple’s library, or one of your most recently used ones.
Before sending your message, just tap the text field to view a full preview of your message. From here you can clear the message or retrieve the last message if you didn’t send it correctly.
Shift Keyboard uses the built-in Apple Messages app on your Apple Watch to send messages to your contacts.
Type out your message, tap the send button and you’ll be taken to the Messages app with your message ready to go!
Choose to receive Haptic Feedback on actions like key presses and button actions.
For quick and easy access, you can add the Shift Keyboard Complication to your Watch Face. Just tap and the keyboard will launch.
Whilst typing on the Full keyboard, you can see exactly where you are with the pulsing blue cursor.
Customise Shift Keyboard your way.
Access the Settings menu by using the options button on the keyboard and you’ll be able to change the layout and toggle auto correct, suggestions & more.
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Please note, a supported Apple Watch is required for full app functionality. Currently, sending messages in the Apple Watch app only supports the built-in Apple Messages app using iMessage or SMS.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
In this update:
- Bug fixes and improvements.
If you’re enjoying this app, please take the time to leave a positive review! Having issues? Get in touch:
Ratings and Reviews
innovative concept, but hard to use
i read about shift keyboard on a cult of mac article and i was very interested to download it for my apple watch, because i don’t love speaking to text in public and writing out my texts is pretty tedious. it seemed like a great idea, and it is, but it’s just not easy enough to use. you have to scroll to access the last half of the alphabet - and then writing out my words because just an easier task. plus, it’s kind of annoying to have to enter an entirely different app than Messages to send the text! overall, it’s a great (and needed) feature, but the eduction is just poor
Developer Response ,
Thanks for leaving a review! Unfortunately Apple doesn’t support 3rd party keyboards on Apple Watch yet so this is out of my control. If you have any further suggestions I’d be more than happy to take them if you could email me at email@example.com.
UPDATE: Hi, I’ve recently some big improvements to the app experience. I’d like to invite you to test out these changes I’ve made and update your previous review accordingly.
For further suggestions you may have that would improve your experience further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This app is not what it seems!!
I’ll say I was excited to see a full keyboard available on Apple Watch, but like the title says, this app is not what it seems. The app is NOT integrated into the native Apple Watch OS Messages app like the emoji keyboard is for example, even though it does integrate into the Messages app on the iPhone OS. To use this you have to go into the Shift app on the Apple Watch and “create a new message” every time. It doesn’t matter if there is a previous text conversation on the watch or not, you still have to go through the Shift app to use the full keyboard. If you receive a text and want to reply to it, you have to memorize all portions of the text and then leave the Messages app and open the Shift app to reply using the full keyboard. Also, you can use this app with the Messages app only, and no other messaging apps. I will say that the keyboard is pretty accurate and has a few user settings available, outside of that it was a waste of the $1.99 that it costs. I’d like to get my money back, but I’m guessing that’s not going to happen, especially since the price of the app has doubled in the last few months. So if you’re looking for a full keyboard app that is integrated into the Apple Watch Messages app, SAVE YOUR MONEY, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THAT APP. This app could’ve had so much potential, but in my opinion it fell on its face.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Unfortunately this is due to the locked down nature of watchOS which I have no control over. The way the app works is stated in the description.
To speed up app switching, you can double click the Digital Crown to switch between your most recent apps.
No keyboard app for Apple Watch can integrate with the Messages app directly. This is currently the only way to use a keyboard with it.
If you're still unhappy with the product, please email email@example.com to arrange a refund.
At some point you’re not going to want someone to hear the text you’re sending & a “smart response” just isn’t going to cut it. The keyboard is big enough to see clearly and for “fat fingers” to type on & if you’re old school it is reminiscent of the old original keyboard options on the flip phone screens (except wayyy easier). I have nothing but positive things to say. The only thing that could make it better is a second “space” key on the 1st half of alphabet for added convenience (when your word is covered in the 1st half of the alphabet). I never leave reviews but this app is worth every penny of the 99 cents.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the positive review! 😁
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