MessagEase Keyboard 4+


    • 4.0 • 76 Ratings
    • Free



MessagEase is an alternative, non-QWERTY keyboard for your iPhone and iPad.

Created based on years of scientific research in user interface, MessagEase is designed and optimized for use on a touchscreen device.

MessagEase is a patented, innovative design different from the antiquated QWERTY keyboard. If you believe that every keyboard must be QWERTY-like, then MessagEase is not what you are looking for.

But if you are open to new ideas and up for experiencing a completely new way of writing you will be pleasantly surprised at how well, how precisely, and how fast you can enter text with MessagEase. Our current champion’s speed is 87 WPM— that's 87 Words Per Minute! Most people don't type nearly that fast with ten fingers!

MessagEase essentially has 9 large keys with an optimized letter assignment to maximize your speed, increase your accuracy, and ease your writing. Since MessagEase is very different, you must spend a few minutes to get used to it. We have included several learning games to help you learn the new, innovative pattern of MessagEase—and you’ll save hours by texting and writing faster.

With MessagEase you enter letters and characters with either a tap, or a drag (slide): taps for the most common characters and directional drag for the rest. Please watch the video, or see the section Essential MessagEase, to learn more.

MessagEase's design is based on sound user-interface principles such as the Fitts' Law; it uses letter frequency and di-gram data to optimally place the characters on a keyboard with fewer, larger keys. That’s why the letter positions are non-QWERTY!

If you are interested to learn more about the scientific details behind the design of MessagEase, please see this paper:

We have lots of videos to help you become familiar with MessagEase quickly.

There are many more on our YouTube channel.

Please also note that you can change the keyboard size by dragging up or down on the Globe Button. You can also reshape and recolor the keyboard in various ways. See Settings for details.

MessagEase for iPhone & iPad has specific keyboards designed for the following languages: (These keyboards can also be used to enter text for many other languages)

- English
- Arabic
- Azerbaiani
- Danish
- Dutch
- Esperanto
- Finnish
- French
- German
- Greek
- Hebrew
- Hungarian
- Japanese Hiragana
- Japanese Katakana
- Italian
- Norwegian
- Polish
- Portuguese
- Russian
- Spanish
- Swedish
- Turkish
- Urdu

If you like MessagEase, please tell others about it, and please make sure to rate and comment about it on App Store.

Please email us if you encounter any issue.

Thank you!

What’s New

Version 4.3.2

Bug fixes!

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Nikolas T ,

It is almost nostalgic...

I remember trying this out on my Palm m105 back in the day (and printing out the template to tape over the Graffiti area, which was super tiny on that device!), and was pleasantly surprised to find it on iOS. On my phone, I still prefer the iOS 13 swipe keyboard, but on the iPad it is much nicer and less glitch prone. Once you get used to it, it is pretty fast and requires much less finger movement than the stock board on tablets.

A few thigs to improve: as mentioned earlier, better cursor controls. Also, with a case on it is hard to get the special characters on the screen edge to register. Lastly, it would be nice to change the color of the dead area when the keyboard is resized.


Perfect floating keyboard on iPadOS

I cannot say enough good things about this keyboard. While it certainly involves a learning curve, the time I invested to become familiar with it was very well spent. MessagEase has been my go-to one-handed keyboard on iPhone for years, and now takes its place as the perfect tool for typing quickly on the iPad while up and about or lounging on the couch. Thank you to Exideas for bringing it to these platforms, and thank you to Apple for enabling third party keyboards to float and be repositioned around the screen in iPadOS!

AdjectiveNounNumber ,

Probably abandoned

I love this keyboard and it's the only one I use, however it hasn't been updated in four years and it's started to show. On my iphone 13 mini running iOS 16.6.1, the keyboard crashes and resizes at apparently random times and if I change the keyboard colors, it doesn't take effect until I've power cycled the phone. Uninstalling and reinstalling doesn't resolve anything.

On my work phone, an iPhone 11 running iOS 16.6.1, the keyboard is permanently stuck at max size, taking up about 90% of the screen, so it's actually unusable. Uninstalling and reinstalling doesn't resolve it.

Again, I love this keyboard, but the iPhone version looks to be abandoned. With no updated support in sight, it feels like it's only a matter of time until a new iOS update breaks it.

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