FlickType Keyboard

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Description of App

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

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

SURPRISINGLY SMART.
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.

LIMITED VISION.
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.

FAST, EASY & FUN.
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!

TYPE WITH YOUR EARS.
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!

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

NOTE: Currently only English is supported.

Version

2000.1

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Yes

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

13.3

Accessibility Comments

Fully accessible with VoiceOver.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

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

@FlickType

Recommendations

9 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Macky 9 months 2 weeks ago

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Comments

Submitted by Macky on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thank you Kosta and Ashley for bringing us this app. Its better than ever. Its an essential part of my daily work flow and its taken its rightful place in my dock. I'm blown away by just how smooth it is! I predict it'll go straight into the AppleVis hall of fame when the golden apple awards are announced at the end of the year!

Submitted by David Standen on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

I would also like to thank the developers of this app. I enjoyed Fleksy VO and I knew I would also love FlickType Keyboard. Keep up the great work.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Glad to see this app revived. While it is not my primary app for typing (yet), it is a great option and you can also really mess with some sighted people when they see you typing really fast on a keyboard while you're out and about. Hah. Anyway, again, great to see the app back. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Submitted by splyt on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hello,

I have tested it and it works like a breeze ... congratulations!

My problem though is that I need it uin portuguese. I remember the flexy app duid have support. Are you planning to offer support tto portuguese?

Are you planning to make a keyboard extension so that we can use it on other apps?

Do you need any help in terms of development to build any of these two features ... is there any way I can help?

Submitted by tunmi13 on Friday, April 27, 2018

Hey guys,
Just thought I'd throw some commands out for the app, in case people need help.
Flick left: Deletes word.
Flick right: Space. Another right flick is a period.
Flick down two fingers: enter or return
Flick up two fingers: FlickType main menu
Flick left two fingers: Change keyboard to more symbols or more numbers.
Flick right two fingers: Does the same as flick left two fingers.
Flick down: suggestions. This works on punctuation as well, if you wakt to change the period to a comma, flick down to find it.
Flick up: previous suggestion.
Raise phone: Reads back text typed.
Hope this helps.

Submitted by Mike Taylor on Friday, April 27, 2018

Congratulations for getting this out, and bringing back a great typing experience. I am so glad this app is back. Thanks again.
Mike

Submitted by tunmi13 on Friday, April 27, 2018

Hey guys.
So I was wonering when this would become  athird-party keyboard option on iOS. It would be cool to type text messages to people using the Apple keyboard settings to find FlickType and then ad it as a keyboard.

Submitted by The Piano Geek on Sunday, May 6, 2018

I would really love to see a keyboard extension as well. Also I would like a way to delete by characters do not just word.

Submitted by FlickType on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hi Tunmi and The Piano Geek, just wanted to let you know that FlickType can now be used as a keyboard inside all apps. You can download it from the App Store and try it out for free.

We'd love to hear what you think, smile.

Warmly, Kosta and Ashley

Submitted by Austin Grace on Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thank you so much for this app. Now please don't sell out and become something different like that other keyboard app. Also just purchased a subscription.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hi, I am not sure if anyone else is having the same issue, but lately, I'd have to say about a little over a week ago, probably around the same time as my trial ran out and I purchased a subscription, I've noticed that each time I go to a field to enter text and switch to the FlickType keyboard, all that VoiceOver reads now is a "FlickType" button and VoiceOver reads out the instructions to either change to the next keyboard or dismiss the FlickType keyboard. I am unable to use the actual keyboard. It's like VoiceOver doesn't see the keyboard anymore and only sees that "FlickType" button.

Like I said, not sure if anyone else is having this glitch, but I thought I would ask. I've tried uninstalling the app and reinstalling it, I've also tried just removing the keyboard and re-adding it, but no luck. Would appreciate some help. Thanks!

Submitted by Blinken223 on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

As an addition to my previous comment, this issue also persists in the FlickType app's demo section. Furthermore, if I go into the Settings and make changes, the "Done" button is still dimmed and I am unable to save my changes.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I don't have my phone right in front of me, so I can't tell you exactly where it is, but I think after you add your keyboard, you have to give it permission to work globally. I can't remember where that setting is, but it should be in the FlickType instructions. I don't know if that is your problem, but that's all I can think to try. HTH

Submitted by Dave82 on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Yeah it might be that you haven't enabled full access. Go to the keyboard section in settings, tap on flicktype, and switch enable full access to on, if it isn't already.
Otherwise, can you give us any more detail?
Regarding the settings, the Done button is always dimmed, your settings are saved automatically. The Done button is only there for when you're editing your list of emoji as far as I know. So don't worry about that, your settings are being saved.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

• Open Settings/General/Keyboard
• Select the button that says keyboards, followed by the number of keyboards you have on your device.
• Tap the Add A New Keyboard button, and look for a section called Third-Party keyboards. Find FlickType and select it.
• You should now see flicktype in your keyboard list, select it.
• In the Flicutype keyboard settings screen, select allow full access, and click OK to confirm.

HTH. If you are still having problems, you can contact Kasta and Ashley by, if I'm not mistaken, support@flicktype.com.

Submitted by FlickType on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hi Blinken233,

Please do let us know when you've tried the instructions provided regarding full access? If you are still having trouble please email us details about what other settings may have been changed and where you first experienced this issue, our email is hello@flicktype.com.

Thanks!
Ashley

Submitted by Blinken223 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Thanks everyone for the helpful tip, but I had already given the keyboard full access. My apologies for not mentioning it earlier.

I've even re-downloaded the classic legacy version of the app and seem to be encountering the same issue there. I am beginning to scractch my head trying to figure out what exactly is causing this issue. I know that both apps were working beautifully before. Even a couple of weeks ago, after my free trial was over and I paid the subscription, but between then and now, something happened that stops VoiceOver from seeing the keyboard and stops me from being able to interact with it and even use it. I know the only change that occured was the recent iOS update, but I don't see how that could have mucked up things.

As for the other issue I mentioned, the one about the "Done" button in the Settings tab remaining dimmed. Well, after making some changes and closing the app, after I reopened it and checked the settings again, the changes had remained, so I am guessing that any changes that you make, it auto saves. If that is the case, I am left wondering why a "Done" button is even needed.

Thanks!

Submitted by Dave82 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Just a shot in the dark admittedly, but do you by any chance have Zoom enabled. I know for myself I would like to have both VoiceOver and Zoom enabled, so that on the odd occasion that I want to zoom in on something, all I have to do is employ the three finger Zoom gesture. But I regularly run into problems in various apps, so no longer keep it enabled.
Regarding the Done button, see my first reply. It is a bit confusing though, yeah.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hi Dave, thanks for the tip, but Zoom, at least for me, has never been turned on. Although I did just double check to make sure, and as I thought, it is still turned off. Being completely blind, Zoom isn't really necessary. I did delete both the classic and third party keyboard apps off my phone and tried re-installing them both, and as before, anytime the keyboard appears, I am unable to interact with it. I hear VoiceOver read out the usual text when you had the keyboard appear, like in the classic app, you would hear VoiceOver read out ""Ready to Type. Swipe up with two fingers for menu". And as before, when I try to tap the keyboard, nothing happens. Even the gestures don't work. If I try to do the two finger swipe up for the menu, nothing happens. It's the same with the third party keyboard. Even if I have everything setup properly, giving the keyboard full access, when I try to type or use the gestures, all VoiceOver reads is "FlickType".

Another odd thing, each time I open the classic app, I keep getting the pop up with the instructions. Even if I double tap on the "Ok" button, if I close the app and reopen it, the pop up appears again.

I am seriously confused and have no clue as to what might be going on. Got to love computers, they never quite work the way you want them.

Submitted by FlickType on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In reply to by Blinken223

Hi Blinken223,

We're sorry to hear this is happening, and it is quite odd that all of the different apps and ways to type with FlickType are impacted as we've never heard of this occurring. Will you please send us an email to hello@flicktype.com so we can troubleshoot further?

Thanks!
Ashley

Submitted by Dave82 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

That is very odd. I wonder is it happening in any other apps where direct touch is used. For example other third party keyboards, or during gameplay in the game Zany Touch for example.

Submitted by DPinWI on Thursday, July 26, 2018

I didn't see this mentioned, but I may have missed it. In the notes with each update, the app asks that the device be restarted after an update. Have you done a full reboot?

Submitted by kool_turk on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Might I suggest sending a screen recording?

Who knows, maybe the developers might see something voiceover isn't seeing.

It's probably nothing, but it can't hurt to try.

Do a screen recording, with the microphone on, that way voiceover also gets recorded.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thanks Kool_Turk, not a bad idea. Never really played with that feature, so will have to figure out how to do it first. I had restarted my phone before, and tried it again just now and the issue still persists. Currently, I don't have the keyboard added to the list of my keyboards, but that shouldn't matter as the issue persists in the demo tab of the system wide version of the app and even in the stand alone version of the app. When the issue gets resolved and works on the stand alone and system wide apps, then I'll go ahead and add it to my list of keyboards.

Anyone out there knows of a tutorial or guide on how to use the screen recording feature, especially as a VoiceOver user? Thanks!

Submitted by Blinken223 on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hello Ashley,

I've just sent you an email to the address you listed. Hopefully we can figure out what is happening and find a solution.

Thanks!

Submitted by Blinken223 on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hi Kool_Turk, I've played around with the Screen Recording and it does seem easy enough to use. I do have a couple of questions regarding it though. For starters, when I start a screen recording, considering that I am blind and have the screen brightness all the way down, do I need to bring it up in order for sighted people to see the video or can I leave my brightness turned off? I just don't know if while the screen recording is feature is recording, if it's recording at the brightness level you have your phone set too. Another question, while recording, VoiceOver came out of the earpiece of my phone, not through the speaker. I've seen some other topics on AppleVis from other users who seem to he having the same issue. I was just wondering if there is a fix for this or a way to re-route the VoiceOver voice to the speaker instead of the earpiece. I guess I could always use a bluetooth speaker, that might work perhaps?

Thanks!

Submitted by FlickType on Thursday, July 26, 2018

In reply to by Blinken223

Hi everyone,

Thank you for the help with Blinke233's issue. Happy to report that we have figured out the issue, somehow direct touch typing was no longer selected and therefore he was unable to use FlickType. In case FlickType becomes unresponsive for you, you can go to VoiceOver settings, typing style and ensure direct touch typing is selected. We had another user who updated to the latest iOS 12 beta and his setting was mysteriously changed, which is how we found the solution, so just in case you come across this issue you'll now have the fix.

Thanks, again, for the great team effort!
Ashley

Submitted by kool_turk on Friday, July 27, 2018

I'm not sure of the brightness when recording.

You could do a few test recordings and send them to a sighted person and see if they notice any difference.

Now you've got me curious, I might do the same at this end.

Voiceover will come from the ear piece when recording, unfortunately that appears to be an iOS thing because I see it in other apps.

When I was playing around with it I was using my earbuds that came with the phone so I was able to hear voiceover just fine.

Sorry for highjacking the thread, but it was easier to answer @Blinken223s question in the same thread.

Interesting thing about the direct touch, Mine is set to touch typing and I haven't had any issues.

Submitted by kool_turk on Friday, July 27, 2018

Ok, I got someone sighted to test the screen recording, and he says brightness doesn't make a difference when doing the actual recording.

The person watching your recording may have to adjust the brightness at their end, which shouldn't be a big deal if they know what they're doing.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Friday, July 27, 2018

Hi everyone, just as a small addition to Ashley's comment. Like Kool_Turk mentioned, my keyboard is still set to Touch Typing. I am not sure how, but when I opened the FlickType app and went to the demo section, while I had the keyboard visible, I managed to turn the rotor and landed on an item called "Direct Touch" and swiped up with one finger to turn it on. This wasn't in the "Typing Style" rotor item but was a separate item of its own. I have tried to make this rotor item reappear but with no luck. Don't know how I originally managed to turn it off and how, out of luck, made that rotor item reappear in order to turn it back on, but somehow I did and my issue with the FlickType keyboard was fixed.
I will look online to see if I can figure out what exactly that rotor setting was so I can better understand it.

But nonetheless, a big thanks to everyone here and to Ashley for helping me fix my issue.

@Kool_Turk, definitely something I will have a sighted colleague confirm as I too am curious to know about the brightness level while screen recording.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Friday, July 27, 2018

Alright, so I think I might be going a little crazy. I've just done a bit of searching online to see if I can find any mention of this "Direct Touch" rotor item and I can't find anything that talks about it. I did find an article from Apple.com describing the rotor and the various items that are on it, but no mention of this elusive "Direct Touch". Now I do recall, clear as day, while turning the rotor, hearing VoiceOver call out a rotor item called "Direct Touch", and when I flicked up, I heard VoiceOver say "On", and after this, the FlickType keyboard started working perfectly again, all while leaving my typing style to "Touch Typing".

Perhaps this "Direct Touch" rotor item is a myth, like Atlantis, but I am thankful that that rotor item appeared when I needed it and fixed my problem. Maybe it's like that old 80s show "The Littlest Hobo", going from iPhone to iPhone helping those in need, never settling down. Who knows... I am just greatful it showed up when it did!

Submitted by Orko on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

After trying out the stand alone version I eagerly awaited the release of the system wide third party keyboard version. I expected them to charge for that version and I could accept that, but a $1 a month subscription? Get serious! The more you use it the more it costs, talk about greedy! I'll just keep using the Apple keyboard and keep my money where it belongs, in my pocket.

Submitted by Ekaj on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Subject line pretty much says it all. I'm at my parents' place for the weekend and had my father type in my AppleID password, and then this app downloaded. I haven't done much with it but I did manage to type a few things. This seems like a great app and I am looking forward to using it as a system-wide keyboard eventually. I haven't had much time as of late to play around with my new toy, but the more I use it the more I like it. Thanks Apple, and thanks Ashley and Kosta. I will definitely play around some more with your app as time advances. I also just joined your list at Groups.io.

Hi Ekaj,

Thanks so much for downloading FlickType, super excited to hear how it goes for you! If you have any questions along the way, please reach out anytime! And thank you for the nice words, smile.

Warmly,
Ashley and Kosta

Submitted by Orko on Friday, December 28, 2018

If this developer ever decides to offer a lifetime subscription where you pay once and you're done, like Envision does, then I'd reconsider using this app.

as long as they prefer to nickle and dime their users to death, I'll just pass.

Submitted by alex wallis on Friday, December 28, 2018

Problem though is especially for small developers how are they supposed to make money to pay themselves or fund ongoing development? now yes I agree on the surface a lifetime license sounds attractive but longterm this makes a lot of apps unsustainable, maybe instead they should offer a yearly subscription as well as a monthly one they don't have a diverse app portfolio or even a big enough ongoing user base purchasing new licenses to make a lifetime license viable. I even wonder how envision ai is viable longterm though I have been less than impressed with the apps results particularly with object recognition. though admittedly I did just buy the lifetime license for seeing eye gps xt because although I don't see it being viable for them to sell lifetime licenses I will certainly buy them from developers who offer them.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

I can't find a list ,but I think the app is currently limited to English. When I checked out the app on the iTunes Store, it only showed as supporting English.

Submitted by DPinWI on Thursday, September 26, 2019

I am having some issues with the keyboard and iOS 13.1 on my iPhone 7. I read that others are too. Is this being worked on?

Please don't make me have to learn the slide keyboard.

Submitted by J.P. on Thursday, September 26, 2019

In reply to by DPinWI

The developer is aware of the issue. Has said he’s trying to improve the current issues. The problem goes above the developer though. There are current issues with all third party keyboards. Along with some issues regarding permissions on keyboards. Apple is aware of these problems.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, September 26, 2019

I would for now learn the path typing. It's wonderful and if you are good, which I'm not yet, you can go extremely fast.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Thursday, September 26, 2019

QuickPath is very useful. But, in my opinion, it's way easier to type using FlickType. Don't misunderstand me here, I'm not saying QuickPath is bad, in fact I use it all the time when I don't have my braille display around to fly my fingers across. But when you can simply type out something close enough to the keys, from my perspective it's much simpler than dragging your finger across the screen.

Submitted by J.P. on Thursday, September 26, 2019

QuickPath is a great tool, but Flicktype is much faster to use in my opinion. Grateful for any useful tool that helps.

Submitted by DPinWI on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

For me, iOS 13.2 fixed my FlickType problems, but now with 13.2.2, it's broken. I can't switch to the keyboard. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, standing on my head, and various crossed finger combinations. The only way I can get it back, temporarily, is to have sighted assistance turn it on with VO off.

Submitted by Daniel on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Doesn't double tap and hold to drag up work? This should be able to switch you between keyboards. At least this is still the case running IOS 12.

Wondering if that behaviour has broken keyboards in iOS 13.2.2

Please let me know if that works for you or not. As I was going to updates to 13.2.2

If that fails, then I have no idea.

Submitted by Daniel on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

When the flicktype keyboard is active, doesn't swipe Up and hold with one finger switch you back to the IOS stock keyboard?

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The app seems to be broken again in iOS13.2.2. I cannot even open the app. It just crashes every time I try. It shows up in the app swither but it will not open. I have not heard anything from the developers in a while and I am on the betas. This worries me a bit.

Submitted by DPinWI on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thank you for your suggestions.

On the rare occasion I can get the keyboard active, I can do everything as I should, including switching to the standard keyboard. The problem is once out of FlickType, I can't get back. And that is with a 1standard switch keyboard button, the long or 3D press.

I have noticed the lack of updates and communications from the developers, and am a little concerned too. I am frustrated by the slide to type, but perhaps I can get my head around it with practice.

Submitted by Austin Grace on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I'm sure they will fix it. :) I can't use flicktype either in 13.2.2. I personally switched to braille screen input. Hoping they update the app. I would encourage you all to send them a friendly tweet and let them know the issues you are having. It seems their last post on here is from October 2018.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Good luck getting a response. Their last tweet was 31 weeks ago. I think the app is sadly dead.