Trying to send a message via Apple Watch is usually pretty limited. While the Quick Reply is handy, the number of canned options are limited. Voice dictation is usually hit or miss. Scribble is accurate, but time-consuming to create any type of longer message.
But a new update to FlickType Keyboard is bringing a very useable keyboard to the small screen of Apple Watch.
While the keyboard only works in the Messages app, definitely give it a try if you’re looking to leave an iPhone at home.
After downloading the app, which is also available on the iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to open FlickType Keyboard on the watch.
Make sure to check out all the tips on the watch to help your typing. While you can type normally using the keyboard, there are a number of different flick gestures to add a space or period, delete a word, and more.
When you’re done with the message, Force Touch on the screen and select Send. On the next screen, select the recipient. The message will appear on screen, and alll you’ll need to do is press Send.
FlickType Keyboard is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. The Apple Watch app is also free to use.
With an in-app purchase, you can unlock the keyboard to use in all apps on an iOS device.