Easy ways to speed up typing on your smart phone

Posted on January 3, 2015 by Nikki Lane

Smart phones have revolutionised the way we interact and have made it possible for small business owners to be in touch with their business anytime, anywhere.

If you’re anything like me, although you love the convenience of your phone, you find typing on the touch screen frustratingly slow.

But with a bit of effort you can make touch screen typing faster and much less agonising.

If you want to type faster the first thing is to work out which fingers you type with. Some people prefer a single pointer finger, others use two thumbs. It’s a personal choice and really all about what works best for you.

Once you have your fingers sorted, here are a few tricks that will make life with your smart phone much easier: 

iPhone:

  1. Auto-correct – For the most part the iPhone auto-correct program is pretty accurate which means that it is faster to just type and assume auto-correct is fixing any errors along the way. But we have all seen those emails where autocorrect gets it so wrong, so make sure you proof read before you press send!
  1. MLAs – You could consider using some multi-letter acronyms (MLA) eg. lol, which are much faster to type. But always keep your audience in mind when using these. They’re fine with friends but how will your clients feel about them?
  1. Create shortcuts – If you have phrases that you use a lot you can create a shortcut whereby you type a shortened version (eg. COB for “please respond by close of business”) and your phone automatically substitutes your entire phrase. To set up shortcuts just go to Settings>General Keyboard>Shortcuts.
  1. Dictate instead of typing – there is a microphone button on your texting keyboard which you can use to dictate your message instead of typing it. It is much faster but accuracy varies.

Android:

  1. Choose your keyboard – Android comes with a standard keyboard but there are lots of others available so choose the one that works best for you. Two of the interesting options are:

Swype for Android which allows you to trace the letters of the words on the screen without lifting your finger off the screen.

ThumbKeyboard where you type entirely with your thumbs (great for people who still miss their old mobile phone!).

  1. Turn commonly used text into a memo – if you have a section of text that you email from your phone over and over again, perhaps directions, you can turn it in to a memo and insert it into messages without having to retype it every time.

Go to the Memo app, type out the text and hit save. Next time you are writing a message and need to use the text just hit insert and select the memo you have saved. All the text will appear in your message.

  1. Auto-correct –The best way to use Android’s auto-correct is to type a few letters of the word you want, Android will display a selection of the most likely words above the keyboard, you select the one you want and it will be inserted into your message, complete with a space after it. The trick with this technique is to stop looking at the keyboard and just focus on the suggested words.

And if you want to practise your touch-screen typing there are lots of programs available. Try Typing Web which is free and works for either the iPhone or Android systems.

Confession time… how is your touch-screen typing?

What Others Are Saying

  1. Trish Howard January 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Slow yet fairly accurate.
    Auto correct needs to be proof read EVERY time!!!

  2. Nikki White January 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Yes Trish you are 100% correct. Especially when texting for your business.

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