FlickType Watch Keyboard

Last modified
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Description of App

FlickType is the practical QWERTY keyboard for Apple Watch, as well as a fully accessible iPhone keyboard for visually impaired users.

FlickType's universal design makes typing easy, fast, and comfortable — even on your Apple Watch!

When typing, don't slow down and try to be accurate. Simply tap where it feels right and FlickType's unique algorithm will find the correct word from the pattern of your taps. Say goodbye to painfully slow editing operations — delete and change entire words with a single flick of your finger on iPhone. On the Apple Watch keyboard, use the Digital Crown to change words or even move the cursor.

The FlickType keyboard is designed to be as accessible as possible on both iPhone and Apple Watch, featuring large keys, highly readable visual announcements, high-contrast color themes, and much more.

FlickType users type a whole three to four times faster compared to the standard keyboard, VoiceOver typing, or even dictation after edits. And utilizing the standard QWERTY layout means you don’t have to learn a new way to type. Emoji, text shortcuts, and deep customization options make typing fluid and fun, just as it should be — even on your Apple Watch!

FlickType can speak back to you when you type or edit, enabling a completely eyes-free writing experience. People who are blind write millions of words every month using it, typing just as fast as everyone else. Voice feedback on the Apple Watch keyboard is currently limited to VoiceOver users only.

If you like our Apple Watch keyboard, look for more watch apps with FlickType Keyboard on the App Store!

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NOTE: Currently only English is supported.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Fully accessible with VoiceOver.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

make sure you try out the demo before purchasing.

Developer's Twitter Username



11 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Brandt 7 months 3 weeks ago



Submitted by Andy Lane on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hey, I agree that it seems this app is dead as they haven’t updated it for 11 months. If so however that would be incredibly sad for a few reasons.Firstly it has great potential so sad to lose it, secondly the long standing justification for paying a high price on an ongoing basis for apps is so small app developers can afford to keep these apps going. I think we can all agree the flick type app is not inexpensive and therefore should allow the dev a reasonable income to justify working on and keeping this app up to date maybe even develop it with new features. So if devs can’t afford to keep low priced single purchase price apps updated and they also have no interest when we are paying a significant amount of money, how do we ensure these incredibly useful borderline essential apps stay alive? I’m guessing there is no way to protect these apps from coming and going but maybe we can come up with some ideas?

Submitted by Robert A.M. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Was very happy to see FlickType 4.4 appear in my App Updates last week, how has this new version worked for everyone so far?

All seemed to be good for me on 4.4,sadly, version 4.5 from yesterday broke typing in Spanish for me. Flicktype thinks I am typing in English regardless the language I select in settings. Anyone else experienced this? I hope this gets fixed soon.

Submitted by FlickType on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thank you Robert, we are looking into the issue and will let you know as soon as we have a fix.
- Kosta

Submitted by Bingo Little on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Apps like Chirp for Twitter use Flicktype as a third party keyboard on the watch. This feature is unusable with Voiceover and has been for a while now. It's really disappointing as there's no way of typing something in the main Flicktype app on the watch and sending the text to twitter. I do hope accessibility with the SDK is fixed.

Submitted by JC on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Not sure if anyone has herd the news, but the app is now payed, and has removed the subscription option. in other words, the systemwide keyboard can now be used in all apps for free.

Submitted by FlickType on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

In reply to by Bingo Little

An update to the SDK with full accessibility support is coming out in about a week. Hopefully other app developers will update their apps shortly after that!
- Kosta

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Apparently they got rid of the subscription, me b I n gAble to type this for free being the proof of that. Not sure when this happened, can't find any mention of it in the version history. .

Submitted by ellzagirliegirl on Monday, January 20, 2020

As a current subscriber, do I need to cancel my subscription or will it just stop charging me?

You need to cancel subscription. Unfortunately it isn’t automatic. Just go to Subscriptions and cancel FlickType. Takes just a minute to complete.

Submitted by JC on Monday, January 20, 2020

How can I use dictation on Flicktype when it's used as a system wide keyboard?

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Monday, January 20, 2020

You'll have to still include the regular keyboard as there is no dictation button and the magic tap is used for a flick type specific command.

Really enjoying this update and have missed it. Fell out with it for some reason, may have been the subscription aspect or moving to more of a brail input preference. Either way, thanks for the work on the app. still fun and fast to use.

Submitted by ellzagirliegirl on Monday, January 20, 2020

Thanks for the help with my subscription.

As for dictation, I find that if you focus voiceover on the text field itself, rather than the flicktype keyboard, and then use the magic tap it still activates dictation.

Submitted by tripolice on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Are there two Flicktype apps now? One free standalone and one systemwide? I had used it sometime back, had purchased a monthly subscription and cancelled. Now in the app there is no option to subscribe. How to use it system-wide?


Submitted by J.P. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

There are currently 2 apps.
The first is FlickType Keyboard for phone and watch. This is the one you know and love. This is system wide. If you had a subscription, free to DL. Just cancel subscription and Happy Typing.
There is also FlickType Watch Notes. This is being geared to larger audience, not just blind community. Developer is testing ways to keep FlickType sustainable. Currently the app has some accessibility quirks, but developer is looking to correct.
The original app has a companion watch app though.

Submitted by Lorna808 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I'm using the system wide keyboard but I want to get into the app itself to change emogy shortcuts etc but Voiceover doesn't read anything in the app. Can't get it to work at all. Is it just me? I'm reluctant to delete and re install as I'll lose all my dictionary entries, and I've discovered a lot of words along the way which aren't in there.

Submitted by cool cat on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I just tried the app and it works normal for me. I even went to the settings tab and went to the Emoji shortcuts.

Submitted by mendi on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I am having an issue with using flicktype on my watch. I can type a word, but then it says use the digital crown to scroll through results. I try to do that, only for it to take me to the send button. What am I doing wrong? Or, is there still an accessibility related issue with using flicktype on the watch with VO?

Submitted by J.P. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Do a double finger triple tap on Watch face. This will turn Digital Crown navigation off. Then you can use crown scroll to change words and punctuation.

Submitted by mendi on Thursday, January 23, 2020

In reply to by J.P.

I thought I had tried that, but either an update fixed it between now and then, or I didn't try it after all. That worked. Thank you.

Submitted by Wahid Raza on Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hi, as the subject line says
Does your app is fully free? And unlock your all features for me?
Since i have already have your app, when it was first introduced on applevis
Though i never purchased any subscription plan, after get payed app
Does i need to purchase? Officially, or i have to purchase subscription?
Im try to find full app purchase in your app settings, but i dint got any purchase opption, does it means that your app is fully unlock for me?
Pls explain me.

Submitted by DPinWI on Friday, October 30, 2020

I'm a long time FlickType user. It is my favourite way to enter texts for text messages.

Lately, I am having issues with it. When I start a text message, and tap in the typing area to get started, instead of hearing FlickType announce once, and then the tapping of letters, I hear FlickType with each tap, and no letters are entered.

I have tried force closing the Messages app, force restarting the phone, and uninstalling and redownloading FlickType. Sometimes one of these methods will work, and sometimes, none of them will.

Is anyone else having any similar problmes?

I am using an iPhone 11 with iOS 14.1

Submitted by jay on Friday, October 30, 2020


For some reason, iOS 14 has disabled the direct touch which allows keyboards like flick type to pass through the voice over gesturing system and work as normal. You need to enable direct touch in order to use flick type. In order to do this, when you’re on the flick type area where you can type your text, turn the voiceover rotor until you hear direct touch. Activate direct touch by swiping down on the screen with one finger. Once direct touch is activated, you can use flick type is normal. Unfortunately, you have to do this every time you want to invoke flicktype and use it correctly. I have notified apple accessibility support about this issue and they say they are investigating it.

Submitted by DPinWI on Monday, November 2, 2020

In reply to by jay

Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a go.

I have been trying to use slide to type as an alternative, but that has a steep learning curve.

Submitted by jay on Monday, November 2, 2020

What is slide to type, and how do you use it? Is it pretty good?

Submitted by DPinWI on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

I tried using the rotor when Flick Type wasn't working as expected, and the above suggestion worked. Thank you.

It's not as slick as it was before, but at least it works again.

Submitted by DPinWI on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

In reply to by jay

Slide to type is a built in iOS feature where instead of typing each charactr, you slide around the keyboard to form the word. It is explained in guides and podcasts on this site so I won't clutter up the Flick Type thread with a detailed explanation. If you're curious, and want to try it, have a go.

I am glad to have a work around for Flick Type as I am so much more accustomed to it.

Submitted by peter on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

I don't know if this is an iOS bug for Flicktype issue, but since installing iOS 14 one often has to manually reset Direct Touch in order for Flicktype to work properly. Although this isn't a big problem, it is kind of a nuisance that one can't immediately start typing with flicktype.

Wish Apple or the devs could address this.


Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Is anyone else having trouble deleting words with this keyboard lately? It doesn't seem to be happening now so it might have had something to do with the website I was trying to use it on, but sometimes when I delete words it just says space rather than the word I deleted. Anybody else experienced this?

Submitted by Skippy on Friday, December 4, 2020

Hi everyone,
Has anyone manage to find a consistent way to use the rotor on the watch directly?
The only way I can do it consistently, is if I pair my braille display, then use that.
I am really hoping that iOS 14.3, and watchOS 7.2, fix this direct touch issue.

I have experienced this occasionally online but mostly in emails where it just doesn't work properly and I have to switch to the built in keyboard. Not sure why, it's definitely a bug but not a consistent one to measure.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Sunday, December 6, 2020

As much as I love this keyboard, (and I really do) I wish there was an easier way to access quotation marks. I like to write stories so I use them quite a lot.