If there's one thing I hate about iOS, it's the lack of native fingerwriting support. Competitive keyboards like Gboard and SwiftKey have offered such functionality for years. It is ridiculous to spend a lot of time typing long words on a standard keyboard.
But with the introduction of iOS 13, Apple finally take a chance and join the kids club with the QuickPath feature. Now you can swipe to type whatever you want without getting bored in the process. And the same goes for iPadOS, as long as you use the new 'floating' keyboard option.
By default, QuickPath is enabled on iOS 13 and iPadOS. But if you can't get it to work, let me show you what you need to do to turn it on. And if you don't like the feature, you can also choose to disable it entirely using the same set of instructions.
QuickPath not working? resolve the problem
If you're looking to activate QuickPath, you may not be able to get it to work on your iPhone or iPad (or you may have found an option to activate QuickPath). So here are some instructions that you can use to troubleshoot and solve problems.
Update your device
Make sure your device is on iOS 13 or iPadOS. Otherwise, you won't find an option to activate QuickPath on the keyboard screen. To check if iOS 13 or your iPadOS is running on your device, Touchez the About option after visiting General Settings.
Whether you are using an iPhone or iPad, the number next to the Software Version should read "13 .0 'or higher.
At the time of writing, Apple I am still testing the beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS. So if you want to test the building, you must enroll in a public beta program.
When the build is stable for iOS 13 and iPadOS released to the public (ETA, September 2019), Touchez Software Update in General Settings to install the update.
Enable Floating Keyboard '(iPadOS)
On iPadOS, the QuickPath functionality will not work unless you activate the 'floating' keyboard. To do that, pinch the full-size keyboard to enter 'floating' mode. Then you can start to slide the keyboard to enter words.
Tips: Use the handle below the 'floating' keyboard to move it around the screen. To use the full-size keyboard again, pinch.
I would love to see QuickPath work on a full-size keyboard. This is hope Apple will add support for it in the future.
Use stock keyboard
Do you have a third-party keyboard installed on your iPhone or iPad? If you can't activate QuickPath, don't ignore the fact that you could actually use another keyboard instead of a standard keyboard. After all, they look very similar, right? Use the Globe icon to make sure you use a standard keyboard.
It might also be a good idea to turn off third-party keyboards to prevent them from spoiling basic keyboard functions. You can do this by going to Settings> General> Keyboard> Keyboard. In the list that appears, swipe any third-party keyboard to the left, then Touchez Delete to remove it.
Love or hate?
I consider QuickPath to be an important addition, mainly because I don't like to use third-party keyboards with keyboard swipe due to privacy issues. For example, Gboard is famous for collecting personal data. However, disabling QuickPath is understandable, especially if you hate accidental slip input. Fortunately, it's easy to turn it on or off, though I don't mind not having to use the Settings app for that.
So what do you think about this feature? Do you plan to save it or discard it entirely? Leave a comment below.
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