Swype update adds new languages, layouts, and more

Swype, one of the third-party keyboards that launched with iOS 8, has received a large updated adding support for several new languages, better emoji support, and more. Users of Swype on the iPad will also be pleased to find that the tablet layout of the keyboard has been improved.

Swype now supports twenty-one languages, and has sixteen new languages available for download. These include U.K. English, Greek, and Danish. To download these languages, bring up the keyboard, then press and hold the Swype button in the lower left corner, and slide your finger over the gear icon. Tap Languages, then select one of the new languages to download.

Other improvements include intelligent emoji support for English, both for the U.S. and U.K., French, Italian, German, and Spanish. You can now customize your keyboard layout, with the existing QWERTY layout, or with QWERTZ or AZERTY. There are also now options for keypress sounds, as well as auto spacing.

You can download Swype 1.1 from the App Store right now.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • I liked Swipe, but until Apple opens up the dictation feature to 3rd party keyboards, I'm staying away. I use the mic quite a bit and it's annoying to switch back to the stock keyboard just to have that functinality.
  • I agree with dBMan. I love Swiftkey but without the dictation feature while I am driving I am stuck with stock keyboard.
  • I'm just grateful they moved the delete button on the iPad! Can't tell you how many times I had mispellinppppppppp.
  • But seriously, there are a lot of third party keyboard issues with iOS. Messages just doesn't bring up a keyboard at all pretty frequently. Have to force quit the app. When typing or swiping in Tweetbot, it doesn't register the character count and ends up posting a blank tweet. The variation of which keyboard you'll actually get first is frustrating... Glad we have this feature but it's a pretty weak outing.
  • You missed biggest point. Swype is free now