Text Like A Boss! How To Type Faster On Android
The fastest message in the world was typed in only 17 seconds and contained 25 words, according to the Guinness Book Of Records. The record is held by a 17-year old Brazilian boy named Marcel Fernandes Filho and is a step up from his previous record of 18.19 seconds.
Yes, beating the world record in texting may not be on everyone’s bucket list – but picking up a few tricks on how to get your ideas across a bit faster should be of interest.
Here are a few – let’s call them tricks – on how to churn out more words per second.
#1 Swipe Away
While most of us are well-aware of the modern keyboards’ swipe function, using it on daily basis is not something that most users can boast. The swiping feature was introduced in 2011. It allows users to enter data by just sliding the finger across the keyboard, from the first letter of the word to the last, breaking only between words.
What makes this input method faster is that you don’t have to lift your finger for individual letters – and when it comes to quick text replies or Google searches, this will be your best option in terms of speed. So if you still haven’t given swiping the benefit of the doubt – we suggest you try it out. It may take some time getting used to, but once you’re on board, you may be hooked.
Note: Some of the cons of the feature are that it does not recognize unique words (like uncommon names or brands), slang or abbreviations.
#2 Text Expansion
Text expansion is a handy feature on any keyboard that allows you to create custom shortcuts for the words/phrases you use most often. Say, you work for Managing Managers Management. Typing that in every time the name comes up is time-consuming, so you can create a shortcut “MMM” that will be automatically unfolded into Managing Managers Management once you type the abbreviation in.
Here’s how you set it up.
Head over to Settings > Language & input > Keyboard settings > Personal Dictionary.
Tap the “+” button at the top. You will see a new screen appear, that will look like this:
Type in the full word or phrase into the top box and select the abbreviation you want to use as a shortcut.
Now try typing the shortcut in a message and you will see your full word appear on the screen automatically. This is a great option to have for long personal names, terms, brand names or you own catch phrases, like “see you later alligator”.
#3 Get Smart With A Smart Keyboard
Let’s go back to Marcel Fernandes Filho, Guiness record holder, for a moment. After beating his own record of 18.9 seconds with a new one of 17 seconds, he admitted to having used Fleksy, a smart keyboard app, to practice typing faster. And if this “learn from the best” idea is to be believed – by getting a smart keyboard you will be making a step in the right direction.
Let’s have a closer look at Fleksy.
In addition to lots of customization and theme options, the app boasts itself on being “officially the fastest keyboard in the world” – and this is what we care about the most.
The first thing you notice upon installing the app are the large well spaced out letter buttons. They are mostly noticeable on a large screen, like a tablet or phablet, but even on a 4.5 inch phone you are sure to feel the difference.
The next good thing about Fleksy is its actual “smartness”. Even if you horribly misspell the word, Fleksy will do its best to figure out what you were trying to say. If you give the app some extra permissions, like access to your email and contacts, you will see it working its guess magic even better.
Mastering Fleksy is a process and your speed performance depends (to a quite large extent) on how you can operate the app. With lots of shortcut options and small tricks, it has the potential of significantly improving your typing performance – but only if you are willing to learn. Upon installing the app, you will receive a short course in Fleksy typing, where you will pick up a few app specific shortcuts, like swiping left to right for a space bar and swiping twice for a dot. There will be more of these to come and the sooner you incorporate them, the faster your progress will be. To keep you motivated, you will be awarded Fleksy badges for achieving personal typing goals and even the chance to participate in World Record Challenge.
Fleksy is not the only smart keyboard option, of course – just the one emphasizing speed. You may also take a look at SwiftKey (for better prediction accuracy) or Swype (for accurate swipe gestures).