Set Up and Use Swype Keyboard on Samsung Galaxy S4

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How to Download Swype on your Samsung Galaxy S4

After the recent updates from Samsung, Swype has is not longer one of the pre-installed applications. If your device does not have Swype on it, you may download Swype from Play Store. To download Swype on your S4:

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    Go to your Home menu.
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    From the Home menu, tap on the Applications icon.
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    From the Application list, open Play Store.
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    Search for Swype on Play Store.
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    Download and install the application.
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    Wait for the installation to complete.
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Swype keyboard allows you to input texts on your phone faster by using a single finger to swipe through the letters in the word. Swype automatically detects the words based on the letters that were swiped. Swype also has voice recognition software that converts the words that you speak into text. This article will discuss these things:

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How to Switch to Swype Keyboard using Samsung Galaxy S4

There are two ways of switching to the Swype keyboard from your phone's default keyboard. You can do it while writing if you are composing a message, or through the settings.

Switch to Swype Keyboard While Writing a Text

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    While composing a message, swipe your finger from the top part of the screen to the bottom.
    This will open the Notification Panel.
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    From the opened notification panel, tap on "Select Input Method".
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    A prompt will pop up, asking you to choose from the list of keyboard applications currently installed.
    Tap on "Swype".
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    You have successfully switched to the Swype keyboard.
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Switch to Swype Keyboard using the Settings Menu

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    Navigate to the home menu by pressing on the "Home" button (the middle button on the lower part of the screen).
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    From the Home menu, tap on the "Menu" button
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    (the lower-left side button on your phone's screen) to see available options.
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    From the menu, tap on "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "My Device".
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    From My Device, tap on "Language and Input".
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    From Language and Input, tap on "Default", and then choose "Swype".
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    You have successfully switched to the Swype keyboard by using the settings menu.
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How to Register Swype Keyboard using Samsung Galaxy S4?

If this is the first you've used this application, Swype will ask you to register your Samsung Galaxy S4 with their servers. This is not compulsory and you can still use Skype without registering, however, since registration is free, we recommend that you register an account with them so your swiping patterns and logs will still be accessible if there is a need for you to switch devices in the future. To register your device with Swype, follow the procedures below:

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    Navigate to the Home menu by pressing on the "Home" button (the middle button on the lower part of the screen).
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    From the Home menu, tap on the "Menu" button
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    (the lower-left side button on your phone's screen) to see available options.
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    From the menu, tap on "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "My Device".
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    From My Device, tap on "Language and Input".
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    From Language and Input, tap on "Default", and then choose "Swype".
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    From the menu, tap on "Settings".
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    You will be taken to the initial registration page, where it will show you a brief introduction about Swype.
    Tap on the "Continue" button to proceed.
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    The next page will show you how you can back up your dictionary using Swype.
    Enter your email address on the provided tab and tap on the "Register" button. You can skip registration by tapping on the "Skip" button, but we do not recommend that you skip the registration process.
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    The next page will show Swype Connect's Terms of Service.
    Read to the end and if you understand and agree, tap on "Accept" to proceed.
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    Internet connection is required here, so your phone may ask you to activate your mobile data connection if no WiFi connection is available.
    Tap on "Register Now" to proceed.
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    The next page will show you the "Contribute Usage Data" policy where you can opt to join or not.
    Tap on "Accept" if you would like to join, or "Cancel" if you do not want to contribute usage data.
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    You are done with the process of registration.
    You will be taken to the "Welcome to Swype" page, where there is an option for you to learn how to Swype, learn about the application gestures, change the settings, and start using the Swype keyboard. For now, tap on the "Start Swiping" option.
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How to Activate Swype Registration on Samsung Galaxy S4

To complete the registration process, you need to input the verification code that was sent to your email address on your phone. To do it:

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    Log into the email account registered with Swype.
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    If the email isn't in your inbox, go to your email's inbox and spam/junk folders and check for the email from Swype.
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    Open the email and take note of the activation code.
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    On your phone, navigate to the Home menu by pressing on the "Home" button (the middle button on the lower part of the screen).
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    From the home menu, tap on the "Menu" button
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    (the lower-left side button on your phone's screen) to see available options.
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    From the Menu, tap on "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "My device".
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    From My device, tap on "Language and Input"
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    From Language and Input, tap on "Default" and choose "Swype".
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    Tap on "Swype Connect" and choose "Enter Activation Code".
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    Enter the activation code and you are done with the activation process.
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How to use Swype Keyboard on Samsung Galaxy S4

Entering a Word

Entering a word in Swype is easy. Just have to follow these procedures:

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    Put your finger on the first letter of the desired word.
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    Draw a path from the first letter to the next letter until you finish the whole word.
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    Lift up your finger to indicate that the word is done.
    This also signals Swype to automatically put a space after the letter.
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    As an example, if you want to type "Swype", then tap on S and trace your way to W, Y, P and E.
    Swype will then automatically detect it as the word "Swype".
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    You have learned how to enter a word on Swype.
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Double Letters

Swype is programmed to detect words with double letters. However, you can help the app detect more efficiently by doing the following:

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    When swiping the word and you get to the part of the word that has two letters, scribble your path slightly or make a little loop on that letter.
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    That gesture will signal Swype to repeat the letter.
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    As an example, if you want to type "Hello", then tap on the letter H, then to E, then to L, and then do a little loop before proceeding with letter O.
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    Swype will automatically detect the word as "Hello".
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    You have learned how to enter a word with double letters on Swype.
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Word Choice List

Most of the time, there are many possible word results from a single gesture of swiping the words. Although Swype has an algorithm to check for the word with the highest possibility for the sentence and pattern, you can also choose the right word from the Word Choice List on your keyboard.

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    After swiping the desired word, you can choose the right word by tapping it on the Word Choice List.
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    You can also search for the other words by tapping and dragging across the words, and then tap on a word to select it.
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    If, for example, while swiping for "wreck", you accidentally included the letter Q, then Swype's main word choice will become "quick".
    Simply tap on the word "wreck" on the word choice list and you are done.
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    You have learned how to use the Word Choice List on Swype
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Adding Words to the Swype Dictionary

You can add words to the Swype dictionary by doing the following:

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    Complete a normal typing gesture of the word.
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    After typing it, tap on the Word Choice List tab where it shows "Add *Chosen word* to dictionary"
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    As an example, tap on the letters for the word "Wolfenstein" on the Swype keyboard.
    Then tap on the word "Wolfenstein" on the list of words above the message box. After that, tap on "Add 'Wolfenstein' to dictionary".
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    The desired word will be saved to the dictionary and it will show when you Swype it.
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    You have learned how to add words to the Swype dictionary.
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  • Note: You can delete a saved word in the Swype dictionary by tapping and holding on the Swype icon
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    on the keyboard and proceeding to "Personalization", then "Edit Dictionary". From the list, you can delete the desired word from your dictionary.
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Use Swype's Voice Recognition Software

You can use Swype's voice recognition software by doing the steps below:

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    On your Swype keyboard, tap on the microphone icon
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    to start recording your message.
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    Speak your message clearly and tap the "Done" button when you are through.
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    Swype will then convert that message into text.
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    You have learned how to use Swype's voice recognition software.
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Familiarize Yourself with the Swype Settings

Knowing the Swype settings, allows you to maximize the use of the application. To go to Swype settings, you can go to your Home screen, and then go to Menu

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> Settings

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> My Device

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> Language and input

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and tap the "Settings"

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icon next to Swype. You can also tap and hold the Swype icon

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on your Swype keyboard to go to Swype settings. The settings will then show:

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    How to Swype - Tapping on this option will allow you to view the guides on how to use the Swype keyboard.
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    Gesture - Tapping on this option will allow you to view the Swype-specific gestures to make your Swype experience better and easier.
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    Preferences - Tapping on this option will allow you to set preferences, based on the following:
     
    1. Vibrate on KeyPress - Tapping on this option will allow your phone to vibrate when a key is being touched.
    2. Sound on KeyPress - Tapping on this option will allow your phone to make a sound when a key is being touched.
    3. Show Helpful Tips - Tapping on this option will display tips on how to use Swype effectively.
    4. Auto Spacing - Tapping on this option will allow Swype to automatically insert spaces between words.
    5. Auto Capitalization - Tapping on this option will allow Swype to capitalize the first letter of every sentence.
    6. Show Complete Trace - Tapping on this option will display the complete Swype path when you swipe a word.
    7. Pop up KeyPress - Tapping on this option will display the characters above the key when you are typing.
    8. Next Word Prediction - Tapping on this option will predict the next possible words based on the entered text.
    9. Reset Swype's Dictionary - Tapping on this option will delete all the words you have saved and added to the Swype dictionary.
    10. Version - Tapping on this option will display the current version of Swype.
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    Language Options - Tapping on this option will allow you to change keyboard language and download additional languages for the Swype keyboard.
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    Swype Connect - Tapping on this option will allow you to configure and sync your Swype account on the internet based on these options:
     
    1. Register Now - Tapping on this option will take you to the registration page, where you can register your device. Registration is important, especially when you want to use the same settings and dictionary on other devices.
    2. Account - Tapping on this option will allow you to manage your sync functions to another device, delete your account and make a backup of your Swype dictionary.
    3. Enter Activation Code - Tapping on this option will allow you to enter the activation code sent to your email address during the registration process. This option will disappear once you have activated your phone to use Swype.
    4. Backup & Sync - Tapping on this option will allow you to automatically back up and sync your Swype dictionary.
    5. Contribute Usage Data - Tapping on this option will allow Swype to collect data from your device to improve Swype predictions.
    6. Cellular Data - Tapping on this option will allow Swype to update and sync using your network's data connection. If you are on a limited internet plan with your network, turn this off.
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    Personalization - Tapping on this option will allow the device to make predictive results better and tailor them to your writing and composition style by collecting data from your social network accounts.
     
    1. Edit Dictionary - Tapping on this option will allow you to manage words, username and contacts on you Swype dictionary.
    2. Facebook - Tapping on this option will allow you to sync your Facebook account to add contact names to your Swype dictionary.
    3. Twitter - Tapping on this option will allow you to sync your Twitter account to add usernames to your Swype dictionary. This option will also gather new words from your Twitter feed and store them in your Swipe dictionary.
    4. Gmail - Tapping on this option will allow you to sync your Gmail account to add the names of people that you have emailed to your Swype dictionary.
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    Updates - Tapping on this option will allow your phone to check for any available Swype updates.
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Use Two Languages on Keyboard for Galaxy S4

There are actually a lot of people who can speak and write in more than one language. Just like these people, the Samsung Galaxy S4 can adapt to its user depending on what language they would like to use and even multiple languages. Using the advanced features of the Samsung Galaxy S4, we will help you use two or more languages on the keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Just follow these steps:

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    Go to your Home screen, tap the Menu bar, which is on the lower left part of your phone.
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    Choose "Settings".
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    On the Settings page, go to "My Device".
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    It will bring you to another page.
    Scroll down and look for "Language and Input".
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    Select the Samsung Keyboard and tap the gear icon next to it.
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    Tap "Input Languages".
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    It will show you two lists of languages, "Downloaded Languages" and "Available Languages".
     
    1. Downloaded languages are the languages already inside your Galaxy S4.
    2. Available languages are the languages available on the internet. You need to download these languages if you want to use them. Almost all the languages in the world are available to be downloaded.
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    Choose the languages you would like to appear on your keyboard.
    Tap on the box to select.
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    Once you're done, you can try using all the languages that you checked by accessing your keyboard.
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    Open your Messaging app and try to write a new message.
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    You will now notice that your space bar has a left and right arrow on it.
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    Swipe your fingers on the space bar to the left or right to switch the languages on your keyboard.
    And that is how you use two languages or more on your Galaxy S4. Enjoy!
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Questions and Answers

Where is the Add New Word option? That screen doesn't come up.

The "add a new word" option will show once you tap on the new word that you want to add into the dictionary. The illustration below will guide you.

Using the on-screen keyboard, input the characters of the word that you want to add to the dictionary.
After typing the word, tap on the newly formed word to add it to the dictionary.
Tap on the "+" option to add the word to the dictionary.

Input the first few characters of the word you just added. The word should now show.
When you swipe through the characters, the newly added word will now show as part of the word choices.
You are done with adding a new word to your Swype dictionary.

You can add a word to your dictionary by performing the following steps below:

1. Open up your message window to start a text.

2. While in your text, type a word, when you receive the option to Add Word, simply type on the word Swyep is trying to correct - highlighted in orange

3. This will add the word to your dictionary.

Swype doesn't show in the settings.

To promote their own Keyboard app, Samsung has removed Swype on their Jellybean OS 4.2 and up. As a result, Swype, which was previously pre-installed on Android versions, but in the latest Android operating systems on Samsung, it has not been pre-installed. If you want to use Swype on your device, you need to download and install Swype from the Play Store.

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Sometimes you might find the directory of the settings regarding Swype by going to settings > then Language and Input and choose Swype. There are also devices that do not actually support Swype.

Follow the steps below in order to help you locate Swype:

1. Go to settings.

2. Go to the tab My Device.

3. Go to Language and Input.

4. Select the option Default Keyboard.

5. In this menu, select the Swype option in this list to set it to your default keyboard

3. The backup is not good it keeps on asking about words I've already entered.

The backup is not good it keeps on asking about words that I've already entered

If your Swipe dictionary does not add a word that you've already entered, then you may follow these procedures:

  • Manually add words to your Swype dictionary. Upon completion of entering the characters for the desired word, tap on the word, then tap on the "Add to Dictionary" option. Question#1 has the step-by-step procedure on how to do this. You may refer to it.
  • You can also set Skype to automatically add words to the dictionary. To do that go to Home > Apps icon > Swype App > My Words > Change Dictionary Behavior > Tick on "Allow Swype to Automatically Add Words to my Dictionary". Once you do that, typing on the desired word that you want to add and tapping on it on the word list will automatically add it to the dictionary.
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I will need you to elaborate a bit more on the question that you have just asked. Although your question is directed towards Swype, and you are saying the back up is not good, there is no backup pertaining to Swype.

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Switching between languages with voice typing.

When I use voice typing and I want to switch to another language (I use English and Hebrew), the voice recognition always comes up in English and I have to chose Hebrew even if I'm using Hebrew on the keyboard. Is there any way to avoid this additional step? I often start speaking in Hebrew without realizing that it's recording me in English. Any way around this? Thanks!

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If your Google voice typing automatically switches to English, then your phone may be set to English / Automatic for Google Voice typing. By default, your phone is set to "Automatic" under Google voice typing. To change this, you can follow these procedures:

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  • Go to your Home screen by tapping on the Home button.
  • From the Home screen, tap on the Menu key (lower-left soft key).
  • From the options, tap on the Settings options.
  • From Settings, tap on "My device".
  • From "My device", tap on Language and input under Input and control.
  • Under Keyboards and input methods, tap on the gear icon on the right part of "Google voice".
  • On "Google voice typing settings", tap on "Choose input languages".
  • From the list uncheck Automatic and scroll down to language of your choice.
  • Put a check mark on the right side of the language to choose it.
  • You are done with changing Google's Voice Typing language.
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I am sorry, but no there is not a way to use voice recognition for two languages at once. The only way to get it to recognize the other language is to set it in the particular mode you want at the time you need it.

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Tap on "Swype" to select It." I Don't show Swype as an option.

In the step: "After tapping on the option above, a prompt will pop up, asking you to choose from the list of keyboard applications currently installed. Tap on "Swype" to select It." Doesn't show Swype as an option.

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When you visit the settings>>>>>Language and Input>>>you can simply select the keyboard options to activate Swype. After you have activated the Swype option, tap on the Default option>>>>from here you will see Swype option.

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I can remove a word from Swype but I cannot add a word to swipe to be remembered, next time.

I want to Swype the word 'tot' (in Dutch), it does not show at all. Now I type "tot" and I see it in the bar below, I choose "tot" and press the space bar. Now I want to swipe "tot" but again, not the word "tot" shows. What do I do wrong?

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It simply means that Swype does not understand that the word `tot` is used in Dutch. Instead, they treat this word as misspelled. You can add the Dutch language in Swype or add a particular word in Swype. To do that, do the following:

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  • Type the word you wish to add in the dictionary.
  • Highlight the word.
  • Tap Swype button twice.
  • Device will ask if you wish to add the word to its dictionary.

If this does not work for you, it could be a bug. Wait for an update from Swype or use Swiftkey instead.

See more questions like this: I have an urgent question about removing "Swype" from my Samsung?

Change the keyboard by pressing space.

I have installed Google keyboard in my Galaxy S4. As you know, by long pressing space on Google keyboard it gives other input keyboard which are selected. But by long pressing space on Samsung it does not popup the option for other input keyboard. Please help?

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Go into your standard text messaging application, while the keyboard is present, press and hold on the keyboard for the input option to appear on your device. This option has worked successfully on my device without any issue even by me using a third party keyboard.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Keyboard Problem.

Hi,

Kindly can you help me with this issue?

I have lost the ability to swipe the space left or right to change the language in my Samsung Galaxy S4.

Any suggestions ? I will really appreciate your help

After the most recent update, the option for you to be able to change your language this way, you are going to nee to visit the Settings>>Language and Input>>Language and from here change the language for your input

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I press the mic icon but am not able to speak to type. I can't seem to find the setting that may have been disabled but would like it fixed?

I press the mic icon but am not able to speak to type. I can't seem to find the setting that may have disabled this but would like it fixed.

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The keyboard has disappeared off my S4?

No Keyboard keeps saying load keyboard

It possible that there is an error on your system. You will have to do a reset on your S4. Do the following to do a reset:

  • On your dialer, dial: *2767*3855#
  • Make sure you remove the SIM card and SD card before doing the reset.

NOTE: This will delete all apps and data on your phone

If the issue persists, please send your device to a Samsung service center.

Swype is not coming up as an option on my phone.

I selected default. It has only 2 options. Samsung Indian keyboard and Samsung keyboard. How do I enable Swype??

I believe the newer version of Samsung keyboard has the Swype feature built in. Select that as the default and then see if you can enable it in the keyboard settings. You can also install any number of Swype style keyboards from the Play Store. Among the best ones to get are Swiftkey and SlideIt keyboards.

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Swype has disappeared from my Galaxy S4 after doing a firmware update today. Is this happening a lot, or do I have a problem?

Swype has disappeared from my Galaxy S4 after doing a firmware update today. Is this happening a lot, or do I have a problem?

After the software update, Swype was also removed form my keyboard but it is not off your device fully being that I simply visited the options in my device and re set the feature as my default keyboard for use on my Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Follow the steps below in order to be able to set the keyboard back up on your device for use:

-Go to Settings.

-Under my Device tab.

-Tap on Language and Input.

-Tap on Default.

-Select the Swype option.

-Revisit your messaging application to be able to start using the keyboard on your device messenger.

My mic is not on my keyboard so I can talk text on my Galaxy S4 active?

My mic is not on my keyboard so I can talk text on my Galaxy S4 active

You can still do that as long as you've activated your microphone under settings as well as the talk text function. Normally, if you can't find it in your keyboard, it may be because you've assigned a different shortcut key for it. Check your settings and see which button you can press to access your microphone easily.

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I cleared the cache on my keyboard because it learned words I didn't want it to know, and now my predictive text is gone. The ribbon above the keyboard is there, but it is blank.

The predictive text option is in the ON position

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Since updating my Verizon S4 to the latest Android version, the whole screen goes an ugly green color when I open up the texting app.

Since updating my Verizon S4 to the latest Android version the whole screen goes an ugly green color when I open up the texting app.

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I have an activation code. Where do I put it?

Where do I put my activation code? I have the code, where do I put it?

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Is this dialog going to cost me money?

I have a Samsung phone that had Swype on it. I loved it until suddenly it is no longer working. It seems to be turned on in the settings but it is no longer functioning. I have tried: I thought that I had checked something in the settings but now I cannot find where or what I did. I think it was caused by: I have no idea.

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