how to type faster?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wwjbd24, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. wwjbd24 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    hey guys, have had my iphone4 for about two weeks, and i'm finding i'm not getting much better at typing than when I started out.

    I have on autocorrect which catches a lot of mistakes but still, my friends type like 2x faster!

  2. jp93 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
  3. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    Use it for email, and get an IM client like google talk for it or something. Maybe facebook chat, or something similar.
  4. JustinSaneV2 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2010
    Landscape mode? Practice?

    I wish Swype was on the iPhone...
  5. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Same. My friend showed me on his droid and it was pretty sweet. Wish someone could develop this and add it to cydia or something.
  6. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    Use it. A LOT.

    I take notes with Notes all the time and it really helps. You get a feel for the way auto-complete works and you'll just start to push space on instinct and that'll make you go faster.

    I find if I go into landscape mode I screw up a lot more because the keys are placed awkwardly. I can type pretty fast on my iPhone now. It takes practice.
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I'd rather have BlindType.
  8. techguy1 macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2008
    That's an amazing piece of software but :-

    Shame .. I would certainly pay for it.
  9. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I've never jailbroken my phone before, but if I could replace they keyboard with the blind type one I'd do it in a heartbeat
  10. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    Fully agreed, I've come from a Nexus One to an iPhone 4 and it's the one thing I miss on my Nexus.
  11. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    As has been said before - Practice, practice, practice.
  12. yezza macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
  13. Nuttydev macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    Bristol, England.
    I got really good at typing fast (in portrait) due to using my iPod touch a LOT for MSN, and I can touch type anyway so that kinda helps (know where the keys are). Just get a messaging client, use it lots and you'll get better.
  14. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
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    Yup, this is how I got faster.
  15. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
    I use iDitDahText. Get it on Cydia. Learn morse code and it's perfect. It's gotten to the point where I can type while driving without looking at my iPhone.
  16. wwjbd24 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    safety first!
  17. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
  18. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    I have to agree with all of those who say that practice helps a lot. Think about learning to type on a keyboard, that took time and practice to master as well. Personally, I can't type with any level of skill in landscape mode, but I can type pretty fast in portrait mode. I got really good at iPhone typing when my phone was my only accessible computer for quite some time. I had a 8 year old desktop PC running Win XP that was hooked up to my TV as a media center, and my iPhone. So if I wanted to do stuff while my wife and I were watching TV, it was the iPhone.
  19. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    My advice, trust the phone. Its smarter then you think.

    I used to waste so much time backing up and retyping misspelled words that the phone would have auto corrected for me.

    But 3 plus years of practice does it make a lot easier to say all this.
  20. nlkccom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2008
  21. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    start with the "chicken pecking" method with only your right pointer finger, and holding it in your left hand (or vice versa if your left handed). This way you get a feel for where each key is / where each key should be touched.

    then after a week graduate to using your thumbs.

    remember, if you switched from another smartphone with physical keys...just PET the phone. Don't press hard, it softly, like a kitty cat ;)
  22. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    Sometimes it takes a change of "strategy".

    Try this: Go ahead and start right off with both thumbs. Type deliberately slow at first, focusing entirely on the keyboard itself and where your thumbs are landing, and not so much on the words above. When I say "type slow", I mean to pause for a half-second before lifting your thumbs after each letter. Remember, you don't have to tap hard -- in fact you can tap the screen very lightly. Just slow yourself down until you get a rhythm.

    Then, start picking up the pace. Learn to look up at the words only occasionally, such as when you finish longer words but before you hit SPACE, to make sure it came out correctly and to cancel the Autocorrect if needed (especially after odd names and words that might not be in the dictionary). But focus mostly on the keyboard. It's counter-intuitive for us touch-typers, who are used to looking only at the screen on the PC. But you'll get the hang of it.

    Also, learn to trust the autocorrect. If you know you've made a mistake but the word is mostly correct (and it's a common word), just keep going, and glance up to verify it came out right. I always give my sentences a double check read before I hit send too.

    Finally, try landscape orientation. You might like that better.

    Those are my tips.
  23. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I use my right thumb and left index finger. I almost never type in landscape mode (unless I have to). To me using both thumbs is too clunky.
  24. tablo13 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I sometimes use all my fingers like I do it on a real keyboard, and the letters will show up slower than I'm actually typing. :p

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