Google’s keyboard, Gboard, is one of the most popular for smartphones Keyboard app. This keyboard app is so full of features that most of the features of the app are not used by many. Let’s find out more about Google’s keyboard app, the rules for using the keyboard.
Before learning the keyboard usage rules, let’s take a look at the key features of Gboard:
- Slide Typing: Typing can be done by sliding with one hand
- Voice Typing: Can be typed through voice
- Freehand Writing: Characters, words, sentences, and even entire text can be typed by drawing.
- Google search: Google search can be done directly from the keyboard
- Emoji & Gif: Emoji menu with built-in search and emoticons
- One-handed typing: The keyboard can be typed with one hand by moving to the right or left side.
- Multiple Languages: Almost all types of language typing as well as in-built translation feature.
- Custom themes: Keyboard themes can be customized
There are different rules for keyboard setup on Android and iOS devices. Let’s know the basic rules for setting up Gboard on Android and iPhone.
On some Android devices, the keyboard is installed as the default keyboard. If you do not have Gboard on your Android phone, you can download Gboard from Google Play Store. Tap to install keyboard।
After installing Gboard on Android phone, it can be set up quite easily. To setup after installing Gboard on Android:
- Open the Gboard app and tap the ENABLE IN SETTINGS button
- Then the settings screen will be shown, turn on the toggle next to Gboard and tap OK
- Tap on Select Input Method
- Select the keyboard
- Complete the setup by tapping Done
- Then go to Languages option from Gboard Settings and select Bangla (Bangladesh), abc → Bangla so that you can write Bangla with it.
There is a Gboard app for iOS 9 or later iOS powered devices. You can download the Gboard app for iPhone or iPad from the Apple App Store by clicking on the link below. Tap to install keyboard।
To set up keyboard on iPhone or iPad:
- Enter the device settings
- Tap on General
- Tap on keyboards
- Select Add New Keyboard
- Select the keyboard from the list of third-party keyboards
- Full access is required for keyboard to work well, Allow
- Then go to Languages option from Gboard Settings and select Bangla (Bangladesh, Transliteration or QWERTY) so that you can write Bangla with it.
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Keyboard usage rules
We already know that the keyboard is full of features. Let us know about the essential features of using keyboard which will come in handy for typing in daily phone usage.
Keyboard settings can be quickly accessed by tapping the settings icon in the top row of the keyboard. The keyboard settings can also be accessed by entering the Language & input section of the phone.
If you turn on the number row feature on the keyboard, the number will always be displayed on the keyboard. To turn on this feature:
- Enter keyboard settings
- Tap on Preferences
- Turn on the “Number row” feature
If you’re an emoji lover, you can add an emoji key to the bottom row of the keyboard for quick access to the emoji. Enter the Preferences from the keyboard settings and turn on the “Show emoji switch key” feature to add an emoji key to the bottom of the keyboard.
Gboard can be used in three modes in total. The keyboard has three modes:
- Regular: Normal full screen mode keyboard
- Floating: can be dragged to any position on the screen
- One-handed: Shrink on one side of the keyboard screen to facilitate one-handed typing.
To switch to floating mode or one-handed mode, click on the icon in the top row of the keyboard. You will also get the option to turn on or off the Floating or One Handed Mode feature from Preferences by entering the keyboard settings. To return from floating or one-handed mode to regular mode, tap the expand icon.
If the keyboard keyboard doesn’t fit your phone’s screen properly, you can easily resize it. The keyboard can be resized by entering the Preferences option of Settings from the Keyboard height settings displayed.
Sound and vibration
There is an opportunity to customize typing sound and haptic feedback on the keyboard keyboard. By entering the settings from the preferences “Sound on keypress” and “Haptic feedback on keypress” two options can be used to turn on or off typing sound and haptic feedback respectively. You can also control the volume and vibration of typing sound.
One of the best features of the keyboard is the “Personal Dictionary” feature. Shortcuts to specific words or sentences can be saved using this feature. You can add personal dictionary entries in the Personal Dictionary section from the Dictionary menu by entering the keyboard settings.
The last thing copied to the phone is the natively saved, but the previously copied text is deleted. Images or text can be saved using the keyboard’s clipboard feature. You can see the saved text or picture in the keyboard’s clipboard option. The Clipboard feature can be activated by entering the keyboard settings and tapping Clipboard.
The keyboard’s clipboard contains newly copied text or images as well as screenshots and saves. The keyboard’s clipboard feature can come in handy for saving important information, such as addresses or phone numbers.
The keyboard app has the benefit of Google Translate directly on the keyboard keyboard. Google Translate supported can be translated into any language instantly by tapping the translate icon on the top bar of the keyboard.
Numerous themes can be applied to the keyboard through one tap. There is also the advantage of customizing your own keyboard. For example, there are features like changing the background color of the keyboard or putting your own picture in the background of the keyboard.
To set a custom theme, enter the keyboard settings and tap on Theme. Then design the keyboard theme of your choice by tapping on the “+” icon.
If you want auto correction you can use it or you can keep it on and off. There is also the option to undo auto-corrected text by pressing the backspace key. Enter the keyboard settings and you will see all the settings related to auto correction in the Text Correction section.
Do you use Gboard? If you use Gboard, tell us about your experience using Gboard in the comments section.