How to use the iOS QuickPath Swipe Keyboard with VoiceOver

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Submitted by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use QuickPath, a native swipe keyboard new in iOS 13 that allows you to type by sliding your finger across the onscreen keyboard.



Submitted by David Lai on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Excellent demonstration, Thomas! Looks like we can now get system wide flick type like experience natively, which is cool.

I have a question and a concern for you. What if, let’s take the words “The”, “Thee” and “There”. The first word is something that we all know very well, the second was a Shakespearean way of saying you, and the third is the word there that appeared in the podcast. OK, how would slide to type interact with these three words? If I wanted to type the, instead of there, how would I do that with slide to type?

Thank you very much!

Hi David,

That is a great question. I just tried it on my device. If I were just going to the letter t and h and then e. I was able to get just "The". As soon as I move to the right is when the "There" popped up. However, "Thee" was a different story. I couldn't get the word by using the Swipe to Type. So, unless and perhaps someone else may have a suggestion but this looks like you must use the traditional Touch Type to get this word.


It's possible over time the device would know you use Thee and have it as a suggestion? That's not a common word these days so I am assuming unless you use it a lot it wouldn't just pop it up. It's still using algorithms and is taylored to I'm sure common phraises for example I was able to get lol to work.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Thursday, September 19, 2019

I think this will make typing if I don't have my Polaris at that the time much easier. Having something natively built in such as this is pretty neat. I'm not saying I'm discarding FlickType, because the keyboard is much easier to use than swiping, but I'm just saying it'd be nice to have something to type on when I don't have my braille display.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, September 19, 2019

This was a great podcast. I do have one question, though. Is it possible to include any kind of punctuation with the swiping or do you need to input it the usual way?


Submitted by flcomputergeek on Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hi Thomas:
I always find your podcasts thorough and informative. I have slide to type enabled, but I am not successful in my attempts to make it work. I generally use the standard typing mode. I've tried single tap and hold, and double tap and hold, even triple tap and hold. In each case, I do not get the ascending tri-tone that should indicate that I can drag, but a message saying moving insertion point. When I release my finger, I hear finished moving insertion point.
I have yet to try switching to touch typing mode to see if that makes quick path swipe more effective for me. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thank you.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, September 26, 2019

I recommend you try it with touch typing. All you should have to do is move your finger around the screen and select the letter you want to start with. Once you do, don't remove your finger from the screen. Let it sit there for about a second and you should feel a vibration in your finger. It's then that you swipe around the screen to type your words. Hope this helps.

PS: I don't know if this is the same with standard typing, but it works well with touch typing.