Apple’s QuickPath: How to use the new iPhone keyboard tool that revolutionizes typing in iOS 13

Jason Cipriani for CNET:

QuickPath Typing: Type by swiping from one letter to  the next.
QuickPath Typing: Type by swiping from one letter to the next.
A new iOS 13 feature called QuickPath is going to change the way you type on your iPhone. Even after Apple began to allow third-party keyboard apps on the iPhone and iPad, its own keyboard lacked the option for gesture typing… Starting with iOS 13, you can swipe across the keyboard to compose messages thanks to the addition of QuickPath.

QuickPath is enabled by default after installing iOS 13. You don’t have to do anything other than place a finger on the keyboard and swipe. For example, if you wanted to type “Avocado,” you’d start by placing a finger on the “A” key and then drawing a line to the “V” followed by “O” and “C” and so on until you connect every letter in the word. Once you’re done, lift your finger off of the keyboard. Entering the next word — or words — is done the same way.

As with traditional typing, you don’t have to be precise with your gestures — iOS will predict what you’re trying to say as you swipe across the keyboard. Take the approach that as long as you get in the general area of a letter before moving on to the next, odds are iOS will either get it right or at least give you the right option in the QuickType bar.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Quickpath does make typing on an iPhone quicker and easier.

Here’s how Apple describes QuickPath Typing: Simply swipe from one letter to the next without lifting your finger to enter a word. On‑device machine learning recognizes the path you draw and converts it for you, making one‑handed typing a breeze.


  1. About goddamn time. Swype for Android was the only thing I enjoyed on my HTC Desire many many moons ago when I trialled Android. It wasn’t long before I returned to iPhone 😂

    1. Agreed, about flippin’ time. Hated giving GBoard access to my typing, but it was the only decent swype-style keyboard that used 3D touch to duplicate the trackpad functionality of the default iOS keyboard (sort of; it really only emulated the forward/backward arrow).

  2. The only significance of this is that we will finally gave a secure way of doing this. While I don’t particularly like swipe keyboards, for those that do, it should be gratifying to know that in order to get full functionality, they will no longer have all of their keystrokes sent to some server somewhere, where anything is possible.

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