Type by Swiping comes to BlackBerry PRIV by popular demand

BlackBerry Ltd, manufacturer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones, has announced the introduction of the Type by Swiping feature on the PRIV, BlackBerry’s most secure smartphone yet.

The feature, which works not just on the touch screen but on the slider keyboard as well, allows users to type even more efficiently.

With the feature, users can form words when they type by sliding their finger between keys, instead of lifting their finger and pressing individual keys.

Between words, they are required to slide their finger to the spacebar, or lift it up, and the auto prediction capabilities of the feature does the rest.

For example, to type “Good morning,” start with your finger on the G key, then slide your finger across the keyboard to O, and so on.


The Type by Swiping feature is not on by default. Users interested in using the feature are required to turn it on. This can be done by following the steps below.

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen once with two fingers or twice with one finger.
  • Tap settings> Language and Input> BlackBerry Keyboard Settings > Type by swiping.
  • Turn on the Touch screen keyboard or the Physical keyboard switch.

The recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow update brought Type by Swiping to the PRIV, however users with devices running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop can still get it. They should simply update the BlackBerry Keyboard through Google Play Store.

Type by Swiping was introduced following users’ demand for extended keyboard features on the PRIV. Already, these users can swipe to access the symbol picker, swipe to delete words, flick to accept suggested words and even use swipe gestures on the slider keyboard.

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