Learn how to write text quickly and efficiently using your phone’s keyboard.
Use the on-screen keyboard
Writing with the on-screen keyboard is easy. You can use the keyboard when holding your phone in portrait or landscape mode. The keyboard layout can vary in different apps and languages.
To open the on-screen keyboard, tap a text box.
Switch between upper and lower case characters
Tap the shift key. To switch caps lock mode on, double-tap the key. To return to normal mode, tap the shift key again.
Type in a number or special character
Tap the numbers and symbols key. Some special character keys bring up more symbols. To see more symbols, tap and hold a symbol or special character.
Tap the emoji key, and select the emoji.
Copy or paste text
Tap and hold a word, drag the markers before and after the word to highlight the section you want to copy, and tap COPY. To paste the text, tap where you want to paste the text and select PASTE.
Add an accent to a character
Tap and hold the character, and tap the accent or the accented character, if supported by your keyboard.
Delete a character
Tap the backspace key.
Move the cursor
To edit a word you just wrote, tap the word, and drag the cursor to the place you want.
Use keyboard word suggestions
Your phone suggests words as you write, to help you write quickly and more accurately. Word suggestions may not be available in all languages.
When you start writing a word, your phone suggests possible words. When the word you want is shown in the suggestion bar, select the word. To see more suggestions, tap and hold the suggestion.
Tip: If the suggested word is marked in bold, your phone automatically uses it to replace the word you wrote. If the word is wrong, tap and hold it to see a few other suggestions.
If you do not want the keyboard to suggest words while typing, turn off the text corrections. Tap Settings > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard. Select the keyboard you normally use. Tap Text correction and switch off the text correction methods you do not want to use.
Correct a word
If you notice that you have misspelled a word, tap it to see suggestions for correcting the word.
Switch spell checker off
Tap Settings > Languages & input > Spell checker, and switch Spell checker to Off.