For new smartphone users, learning to type on a touchscreen can be tricky— whether it’s choosing between your thumb and forefinger as your preferred typing tool or simply finding the right key to tap. To help you get the hang of it, here are three quick and easy Android typing tips to save you time and effort when entering text.
Double-tap the shift key for caps lock
Want to type in ALL CAPS? No problem! Just double-tap the shift key and a blue indicator will light up. You’ll know you’re in all caps because the letter keys will change to uppercase. When you’re ready to switch back to lowercase, just tap the shift key once again.
Quickly complete a website address
When typing a website address in an email or into your internet browser, save the time it takes to type “.com” or “.gov” by holding down the “.” key next to the space bar. You’ll see a pop-up window appear with the most common options. Simply slide your finger on top of your preferred option to add it to the website address.
Speak into your phone to type
Don’t have a free hand for tapping out a text message or just want to save some time? Use the microphone key to transcribe your message! Locate the microphone key in the bottom-left corner of the messaging screen. Tap it once and begin speaking your message. Your phone will listen carefully and start transcribing your words on the screen. To enter punctuation marks while using voice recognition, just say “period,” “comma,” “question mark,” or “exclamation point,” and Android will enter the appropriate punctuation mark instead of the words.
Now you’re prepared to quickly type texts and email. Happy tapping!
Are you an iPhone user? Then click here to read last week’s blog post to learn similar tips and tricks for iPhones.