Is there a way to use the keypad method for sms instead of the keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by marcel-v, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. marcel-v macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    Is there a way to use the keypad method for sms instead of the keyboard?

  2. westernmass macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2007
    Western Mass.
    LOLOLOL WHY!!! Sorry that made me laugh. I assume you mean like on a phone with no keyboard. Funny to me as I know a few poeple that could type a hole letter with a cell phone using the number pad without looking. If they had a iPhone they would have to relearn like you I assume. Sorry for laughing at you ;)
  3. higgalls macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    To actually answer your question - no there isn't a way to do it at the moment. Maybe an app will come out to do it, but I doubt it.

    You will just have to learn to use the keyboard.
  4. RobTuck macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2006
    I would like this feature too.

    For me, its not a question of relearning. I can type decently enough on the iPhone keyboard. My issue is that to be most effective, you need to use both hands - one to hold the phone, and one to type with. Using a number pad would make it much easier to write text on the phone with one hand (thumb).
  5. chicagdan macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Wow. Must be a generational thing. I think you people are nuts.
  6. higgalls macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    I have found that a good way to type is by using ur right thumb to do all the typing, but have your left thumb press the spacebar. That way your left hand can still hold the phone well, and it speeds up your typing (although typing with 2 thumbs is still quicker, but harder to get it accurate).
  7. ankushpatel macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2005

    thats like me asking can I go back to using my computer without a mouse!! come on people!!!!
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I hold it with both hands and type with both thumbs - can't stand typing with only one hand.
  9. pedroistheman macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2007

    have any of you complainers had your iPhone for over a few weeks? Because I really can't imagine how someone would prefer keypad texting after owning an iPhone. I got a chance to compare the two methods when I sold my 1st gen iPhone before buying a 3G. I went an entire month without an iPhone. It was hard, but I did it. Over that month I came to appreciate my iPhone. For the obvious reasons...(regular cell phone internet just sucks...etc) But I was also forced to text using a keypad. Omg! so frustrating! You're doing 3x the work as typing on an iPhone and it doesn't corrrect your spelling. Once you learn to trust the autocorrect feature, you should be able to type well above the accuracy and speed of a keypad.
  10. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    I agree. With only a couple days' practice, I can already type more quickly and accurately on my iPhone than I ever could with any other mobile device, including those with full QWERTY keyboards.

    I type with both thumbs most of the time. For even more speed, I set it on the table and tap with my two index fingers. It helps that I put the Invisible Shield on the phone as this makes it more grippy for the thumb typing. Before I had that, I worried it would slip out of my hands while I typed.

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