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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Setting up SwiftKey

First boot

Choose a langauge

Pick a theme

Access the settings

Enable SwiftKey Cloud

Choose a keyboard

Sound effects and vibration

Change the layout

Access the Advanced settings

Check your stats

And the keys you use the most

The first time you open SwiftKey you will be presented with this menu, which will allow you to set the keyboard as your default.

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You will then have a chance to set your language.

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SwiftKey supports more than 60 languages and allows you to have up to three different languages installed at one time.

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You can choose between 15 free themes and more than 40 paid ones to give your keyboard extra flair.

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The SwiftKey settings menu, which can be accessed by clicking on the SwiftKey icon in your phone's app drawer, is home to numerous customization options.

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SwiftKey Cloud will keep your keyboard data synced between multiple devices. The app can also learn from others apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail. This can be done by selecting the Personalization option.

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There is also support for six different types of keyboard, including QWERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, QWERTZ, and QZERTY.

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SwiftKey can be set up to vibrate or make a sound when you press a key.

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In the Layout settings you will find an option to enable arrow keys. This will make it easier to go back and fix a misspelled word.

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The Advanced settings give you even more options. For example, you can program the spacebar on the SwiftKey keyboard to insert a period, complete a word, or insert a prediction, among other things.

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The Usage Stats menu will show you how SwiftKey has made you a more efficient typer.

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The SwiftKey heatmap is a fun little feature that will show you which keys you use the most.

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