7 Gboard Settings You Should Turn On to Improve Your Typing

Gboard is the world’s most popular mobile keyboard. It comes pre-installed on all Android devices and is the keyboard of choice for billions of people. You might not have bothered with its settings before because it worked fine in the first place, but there are ways you can make it a little more useful.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the key Gboard settings that you should change right away.

1. Reduce delay on long press

You probably know how pressing and holding a key opens a small pop-up menu on the keyboard where you can access other related keys. For example, if you press and hold a vowel, you can see variations of that letter with different accents. Pressing and holding the period key will show you a bunch of other symbols and special characters.

Since pressing and holding a key is a common practice when using the keyboard, you should reduce the delay between the keypress and the pop-up menu. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Gboard and access Settings > Preferences.
  2. Scroll down and tap Long press delay.
  3. Adjust the delay using the slider to what you see best, then press ALRIGHT.

The delay is set to 300 milliseconds by default. You can go down to 100 milliseconds or go up to 700 milliseconds. The lower the delay, the more time you save on each press and hold.

2. Show Emoji Keys for faster Emoji access

By default, the way to access emojis on Gboard is to press and hold the comma key next to the spacebar. But that can take a lot more time if you use emojis often when typing.


Luckily, you can set your Google keyboard to display its own emoji key for quick access. Just go to Settings > Preferences and turn on Show emoji switch key. Now, when you restart your keyboard, you should see a separate emoji key next to the comma key. To make room for this, the spacebar will shrink the size just a bit.

3. Improve your autocorrect settings

One great thing about Gboard is how it learns your usage over time. This allows it to make more precise edits and gives you better suggestions as you type. There are a bunch of small but nifty text editing settings you can edit on Gboard. You can access these in Edit text menu.

Some useful text correction settings that you should enable are:

  • Show suggested range
  • Suggest next word
  • Auto Correct
  • Undo autocorrect on backspace
  • Auto capitalization
  • Dual time interval

4. Make typing smoother

Similar to text editing, there are two skimming settings that you should check. You can access these in Type surf menu. That is:

  • Show gesture trace: Create a line that follows the movement of your finger across the keyboard. This increases writing accuracy. You have to have type surfing enabled to be able to use this setting.
  • Enable gesture delete: Quickly delete one or more words by swiping left from the delete key. The further you slide your finger across the screen, the more words are selected; then, lift your finger to delete. This saves time by not having to press and hold the delete key to delete letters one by one.

5. Add words to your personal dictionary

You probably know and use some words in your daily life that your Google keyboard doesn’t recognize and therefore can’t guess when you’re surfing. And it’s really annoying having to type word by word, only to then have the autocorrect change completely into something else.

To solve this problem, you need to teach Gboard to recognize these words. You can do this by adding words to your personal dictionary. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go Settings > Dictionary > Personal Dictionary and choose your preferred language.
  2. In the top corner, tap More (+) button.
  3. On the following screen, enter the word you want to add.
    • For added convenience, you can also add keyboard shortcuts for added words if they are long or difficult to read. For example, the name “Hillary Meadows” might have “hime” as a shortcut. Now, when you hover the keyboard shortcut, it will automatically write the full word for you.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts as a way to quickly type email addresses, web addresses, or even full sentences. For example, “ayushjalan@makeuseof.com” could be “ajmuo”. Similarly, “Are you free this weekend?” maybe “freeweek”. Remember, always use prewritten words as shortcuts.

6. Elevate your clipboard

Under Clipboard enable the following two settings:

  • Show recently copied text and images in the suggestions bar: When you copy text or an image, Gboard shows it to you as a pill button in the suggestions bar the next time you open the keyboard, so you can tap it and quickly Quickly paste the copied item into the text field. This saves time by not having to press and hold the text field and select Paste every times.
  • Save recent screenshots to clipboard: When you take a screenshot on your device, Gboard saves it to the clipboard and shows you a button to paste it directly into the text field.

You can also set Gboard to hide addresses and phone numbers from the clipboard. Just disable the feature from the same menu.

The contents of your clipboard are automatically deleted after an hour. To save some items, press and hold the item and press Pin.

7. Get emoji and sticker recommendations

Finally, you can get emoji and sticker recommendations, or get quicker access to the ones you use most. Under Emojis, Stickers & GIFs menu, toggle the following settings:

  • Emoji quick access row: Adds an extra row on top of the keyboard, showing the most popular and frequently used emojis.
  • Look for predictive content: Gboard will suggest relevant GIFs, emojis, and stickers based on your text.
  • Emoji stickers: Recommend relevant stickers based on the emoji you choose.

Make Gboard help you communicate better

Gboard worked fine from day one, and its default settings are very user-friendly. But if you want to get the most out of it, turning on the settings above can save you time, express yourself better, and boost your productivity a bit. There are other settings you might want to try and see how well they work for you.

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