If you use Google’s latest keyboard (Gboard) on Android or iOS, most likely you know the basics of how to use it. But there are some amazing features you might not have heard of, but you should try. Here are some Gboard tricks you should know:
TYPE AND TRANSLATE
If you ever need to say something to someone in a different language, you can use Gboard to translate your text in real time. Tap on the Google icon and tap the Translate icon, which looks like a folded piece of paper. Then select the language you want. If you need to translate something sent to you, copy it and paste into the text box, then choose your native language from the drop down menu.
SYNC AND WIN
The more you use a keyboard, the better it gets at predicting what you want to say. If you get a new device, you start from scratch to train your keyboard. However, you can sync your devices so that the keyboard does not need to start from scratch. Tap on the Google icon > Settings > Dictionary, then slide on the Sync learned words option, then tap OK. Then you choose the Google account you want to sync your devices.
You can use a simple gesture to delete anything you have in the text bar. Place your finger on the delete button and slide left, and a whole line of text gets deleted. Easy.
ADD A NUMBER ROW
Switching between the alphabet and numeral keyboards is quite tedious. Therefore, adding a number row is important. Tap on the Google icon > Settings > Preferences, then toggle the Number Row option on. This will place a number row on top of your alphabet keyboard.
MAKE IT ONE-HANDED
Sometimes you might not have both hands free to type, especially if you use a large device. Press and hold the Enter key and slide to the icon of a hand holding a device. The keyboard will zoom to the right side of the device, and you can easily type with one hand. If you’re left-handed, tap on the Arrow icon on the left side of the keyboard. This will put the keyboard against the left side of the screen. To make your keyboard full-screen again, tap on the Full-screen icon above the arrow icon.
SEARCH FOR EMOJIS
Simply hold the Enter key and type a keyword, such as happy or sad, into the search bar at the top of the popup screen to find the emoji you need.
DRAW TO SEARCH EMOJIS
If you can’t think of a word to search for while searching for an emoji, you can draw it instead. Tap on the Emoji Handwriting icon, which looks like a pencil on the right side of the screen. This will bring up a blank space where you can draw your emoji with your finger or stylus. Gboard will then bring up all the emojis that look like what you drew.
KEEP YOUR FAVORITES HANDY
You can keep your favorite emojis within reach by adding an emoji row to your keyboard. Tap on the Google icon > Settings > Preferences and slide the Show Emojis in Symbols Keyboard option on. A row of your most recent emojis will pop up at the top of your symbols keyboard.
GET TO EMOJIS QUICKLY IN APPS
When you are in apps, how you access emojis could change depending on the app. To get them easily, hold the Enter key.
You can search for GIFs through the emoji section too. Hold the Enter key and go to the Emoji icon. There will be a GIF option at the bottom of the screen. Tap on it and use the search bar to find the perfect GIF.