Add a fully functional keyboard to your Apple Watch with Shift Keyboard.
* As featured on 9to5Mac, Cult of Mac, AppAdvice & iPhon.fr *
Typing messages on your Apple Watch can be chore - Scribble doesn't always work and Voice Dictation isn't great in public spaces. What’s wrong with using a traditional keyboard?
By adding a full QWERTY or AZERTY keyboard to your Apple Watch, you can easily reply to your iMessages quickly and privately.
Get started with these key features:
Add a full QWERTY or AZERTY keyboard to your Apple Watch.
Keys are easy to press and there’s support for key previews as you swipe along the keyboard.
The first swipe-to-type Apple Watch keyboard is now in Shift Keyboard!
Haptic feedback will confirm you’ve entered a character and you can use the Digital Crown to scroll through possible words.
It’s available in QWERTY or AZERTY layouts too.
If you’re finding the other keyboard layouts too difficult to use, you can switch to the Precise layout instead.
Available in Alphabetical, QWERTY or AZERTY layouts, you can scroll through a larger set of keys for maximum precision.
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.
If it guesses wrong, just turn the Digital Crown to select another one - or your original typed text.
Shift Keyboard has full support for adding symbols, numbers and other special characters.
Unlike the built-in Messages app, Shift Keyboard supports adding an unlimited amount of emoji to a single message!
Simply select the emoji you’d like to add from the emoji picker and it’ll be appended to your message.
Your top 10 most recent emoji will even be suggested the next time you tap the emoji button.
Before sending your message, just tap the text field to view a full preview of your message.
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 Apple Watch’s Watch Face. Just tap and the keyboard will launch.
Use a swipe left gesture for backspace or a swipe right for a space for quick typing. Full keys for both of these functions are also available too.
After typing out your message and sending to a contact, you can choose to automatically clear the keyboard so you don’t have to clear it yourself.
If your message gets cleared, you can easily get it back by accessing the Force Touch menu and choosing Get Last.
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 Force Touch on the keyboard and you’ll be able to change the layout and toggle auto correct, suggestions & haptic feedback.
No need to install the iPhone app, you can get Shift Keyboard directly from the App Store on your Apple Watch.
Troubleshooting steps are available in the iPhone app.
Get in contact:
Please note, this app requires an Apple Watch for the majority of functions. Currently, sending messages in the Apple Watch app only supports the built-in Apple Messages app using iMessage or SMS.
This update contains the following new features and improvements:
- Added the option to toggle whether the key pressed shows up as the title.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! 😁
- Adam Foot
- 6.2 MB
Requires iOS 13.0 and watchOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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