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1.   How to set up Flow

  • Show predictions after Flow

2.   How to use Flow

3.   Why isn't Flow working?

Flow allows you to write by gliding your finger across your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. This is also referred to as "swiping."


1 - How to set up Flow

You can disable/enable Flow on your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard by following the below steps:

  1. Open your SwiftKey app

  2. Tap 'Typing'

  3. Tap into 'Gesture input'

  4. Check/uncheck Flow


Show predictions after Flow

With Flow enabled you have the option to toggle between two different behaviors.

By default Microsoft SwiftKey will show you a set of corrections after Flowing a word, or you can choose to display a set of next word predictions. Both options insert the appropriate spacing after. 

When the toggle is set to 'Off':

  • Select one of three corrections. This will insert the word followed by a space.

When the toggle is set to 'On':

  • Inserts the middle prediction, shows next word predictions and auto adds a space for you.

2 - How to use Flow

When you want to flow double letters (i.e. 'tt' in 'letters'), just hold your finger over the letter you want to type twice a little bit longer than normal.

If you wish to retroactively correct a word you've just flowed, just tap the backspace key and you'll see three different word predictions in the prediction bar.

You can switch seamlessly between flowing and tapping the keys at any time - there’s no need to switch input modes.

Flow also allows you to Flow through space. You can glide your finger over a word, move down to the spacebar, and flow the next word, all without lifting a finger.

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3 - Why isn't Flow working?

If your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard is set to use Gestures then you won't be able to Flow. We offer you the choice between one or the other.

Enabling Android's Explore By Touch Accessibility feature will deactivate Flow.

Flowing is not available in text fields where Microsoft SwiftKey does not offer predictions, for example password fields or in some apps with code that clash with predictions.

Flow can be used with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It allows you to write by gliding your finger on the keyboard from letter to letter. Flow predicts as you flow - once you see the word you want, just lift your finger off. To complete words with double letters (i.e. 'tt' in 'letters'), simply hold your finger on that letter slightly longer.

You can switch seamlessly between flowing and tapping - there’s no need to change modes.

To enable or disable Flow:

  1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app

  2. Tap ‘Settings’

  3. Tap the button to toggle Flow on/off

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If you continue to have problems with Flow, please contact us through the below contact form.

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 For more help, Contact Support at Microsoft SwiftKey Support - Contact us

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