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Grammarly's new iOS keyboard will make sure you never typo again

AI-powered virtual editor Grammarly announced today in a blog post (opens in new tab) that after many requests from users it has finally extended its error-catching power to your smartphone.

Built by linguists, Grammarly Keyboard uses artificial intelligence to scan your texts, emails, DMs, tweets, and whatever other things you type for both common and complex grammatical, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. And it's not your grandma's spell-check, either. It doesn't just tell you when you've made a grievous spelling error, it checks the context of your writing so it can tell you when you accidentally use "your" instead of "you're" and "they're" instead of "their." It'll even suggest words that it thinks you're confusing for other words so you can make sure you're saying exactly what you mean (i.e. "confident" instead of "confidant"). With Grammarly, you don't just correct your typos and go — you actually expand your vocabulary and learn to write more effectively. And best of all, it removes all that anxiety that happens after you've hit send on a work email or Slack message:

Grammarly's algorithms not only catch context-specific grammar and spelling mistakes, but also the kind of confusing sentences that leave your colleagues (or worse, your boss) wondering what you're talking about. For Grammarly Premium users, the keyboard will also improve word choice and suggest style improvements so the need for "Sent from my iPhone" can become a relic of the past.

The only real drawback of Grammarly Keyboard is that it requires an internet connection in order to function. It also, like Grammarly's desktop client, sends what you type to the Grammarly servers to be assessed by the aforementioned AI, so if that sort of thing makes you nervous, you may want to pass on the keyboard for now. However, the company assures that any data you submit to the servers is secure. I'd suggest reviewing Grammarly's privacy policy (opens in new tab) for more information.

Though right now Grammarly Keyboard is only available for iOS, the company promises that an Android version is in the works and will be coming soon. If you need a bit of help with adding the Grammarly keyboard after you install it (or any keyboard, for that matter), you can check out our tutorial here.

Thoughts?

Are you going to give the new Grammarly Keyboard a try? If you do, let us know what you think of it in the comments!

Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.

6 Comments
  • I use Grammarly on OS X and continue to be disappointed it doesn't support the Microsoft Office suite of apps on OS X (Word, Outlook, etc.). Does the Grammarly keyboard for iOS work on Microsoft's suite of iOS apps (ex. Word for iOS)? Also, no swipe functionality is a bummer. Still, worth downloading and trying out. I'll give it a try.
  • How things have changed: iOS gets a powerful alternate keyboard before Android. I didn't think I would see something like that for a few more years.
  • Welp, I tried it out… sorta… The app requires an internet connection. It does nothing without one. So it sends everything you write to their servers. Seriously? You don't mention that in the article?! Anywhere.⁉️ Waste of time. Bad article. I expect more from here.
  • ‘Then get so excite’? And there shouldn’t be a comma after tweets. Maybe the Author should be using this App!
  • That was the joke! I apologize if it hindered your reading experience. Also, it's our policy to use the Oxford comma. Thank you for your feedback!
  • We've since added that information. Apologies if you found my article lacking. Thanks for your comment!