Unlike its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with only a Samsung keyboard. Hate it or love it, you got to use it until you find a better keyboard app at the Play store.
If you’ve decided to stick to it, below is a list of tips and tricks that can help you to improve your efficiency in using this default keyboard.
- Double-tap the up arrow button to switch the alphabet buttons to upper case. The up arrow changes to blue and one more tap will switch back to lower case.
- Other than using the up arrow button to toggle between uppercase and lowercase, you can also tap and hold (about 1 sec) on any lowercase alphabet buttons to get the uppercase version.
- Tap and hold the .com button get more domain extension buttons.
- Tap and hold (1 sec) the top row of alphabet buttons to type the numbers.
- To activate the “Swype” feature, go to Settings > Language and input > Samsung keyboard > . Check the Continuous input option.
- Tap and hold (1 sec) the full stop button for quick access to more punctuation marks.
- You can get accented and special characters by tapping and holding some of the alphabet buttons.
- To enable voice typing, go to Settings > Language and input > and make sure Google voice typing is checked. Then go to Samsung keyboard settings and make sure Voice input is checked. On the virtual keyboard, tap and hold the Settings button (beside space bar) to get the microphone icon.
- If predictive text feature is enabled, the phone will learn the words while you’re typing and this list of words are available on Settings > Language and input > Samsung Keyboard Settings > Predictive text > My word list. Here, you can add or delete any words manually.
- After the recent upgrade, you now have to swipe the space bar to left or right to toggle between input languages.
- So far, the fastest way I’ve found to change a keyboard while typing a SMS, note or email is by dragging down the notification panel and then tap the Settings icon to access the Language and input screen. Once you have switched to a new keyboard, click the Back button (a few times) to get back to the app you’re working on. Does anyone have a better suggestion ?
- Off-the-shelf, Galaxy S3 comes only with a Samsung keyboard. If you’re really not happy with it, many options are available on Play Store. Since I wasn’t too picky, I’m okay with the Samsung keyboard.
“Swype” is a method of text input which allows you to sweep on the keypad, in order to create a word. (If you still can’t figure out what it’s, there are many videos on youtube that can help.)
But having said that, I did try out a few of highly rated keyboard apps such as Swiftkey, Slideit, Swype, Go keyboard and Jelly bean keyboard. If you’re interested, you can try them out too and pick one that meets your requirements. See how to install a keyboard app on Samsung Galaxy S3.
Unfortunately, not all of them are free apps.