Can I change the Keyboard Input options on my Samsung Galaxy S II?

You can change the keyboard settings on your device; from the Home screen, touch Menu > Settings > Language and input. Your device comes preloaded with the Samsung keyboard, Google voice typing, and Swype® keyboard. Touch Default to select the keyboard you would like to be your default keyboard.

  • Samsung Keyboard

    From the main Language and Input screen, touch Settings Shortcut next to Samsung keyboard. You can also touch and hold Keyboard Microphone Settings and then touch Settings Settings Shortcut on the Samsung keyboard when you are entering text. You can customize the following keyboard settings:

    • Portrait keypad types: Select from either a Qwerty keyboard or 3x4 keyboard when holding your device in portrait orientation.
    • Input languages: Select the input languages you want your device's keyboard to support. When you select more than one language here, you can quickly switch between languages by swiping your finger across the space bar. By default, the Use system language option is selected.
    • Predictive text: Touch the slider Slider Off to turn Predictive text on Slider On. Touch Predictive text to edit the following predictive text settings:
      • Word completion: Have your device recommend complete words based on the characters you have entered so far.
      • Word completion point: Set the number of characters you want to enter before Word completion should offer you suggestions.
      • Spell correction: Have your device correct misspelled words.
      • Next word prediction: Have your device predict the next word based on what you have already typed.
      • Auto-append: Automatically add predictions to the word you are typing.
      • Auto-substitution: Have your device suggest alternative words to those you typed.
      • Regional correction: Have your device adjust words based on regional dialect.
      • Recapture: Enable XT9® recommendations.
      • About substitution list: Shows you the list of custom words you have added to your list. You can touch to manually add words to the list.
    • My word list: Add words to your list of recognized words by touching .
    • T9 Trace: Spell words by sliding your finger across the keyboard to each letter of the word.
    • Handwriting: Touch the slider Slider Off to turn handwriting on Slider On. Touch Handwriting to edit the following settings:
      • Recognition type: Set the type of recognition your device should use when you input text using handwriting: Stroke recognition or Complete recognition.
      • Recognition time: Set the delay after you stop writing a word before your device should begin converting your handwriting to text.
      • Pen thickness: Set the pen thickness you see in the handwriting pad.
      • Pen color: Set the color of the pen.
      • Gesture guide: View a guide of gestures you can use during handwriting input.
      • Tutorial: View a tutorial on how to use the handwriting input feature.
      • About: View the current version of the handwriting feature installed on your device.
    • Voice input: Displays the voice entry button on your keyboard when selected.
    • Auto capitalization: Have your device auto-capitalize words at the beginning of a sentence and for proper nouns.
    • Auto-punctuate: Have your device enter a period at the end of a sentence when you touch the space bar twice.
    • Character preview: When you touch a letter, a preview of the selected letter appears, making it easier to verify you are typing correctly.
    • Key-tap vibration: Have your device vibrate when you touch a key on the keyboard.
    • Key-tap sound: Have your device play a sound when you touch a key on the keyboard.
    • Tutorial: View a tutorial on using the Samsung keyboard.
    • Reset settings: Reset the Samsung keyboard settings, except personalized data, to their default values.
  • Google voice typing

    From the main Language and Input screen, touch Settings Shortcut next to Google voice typing.

    The following options are available:

    • Block offensive words: tap to create a checkmark and enable the blocking of recognized offensive words from the results of your voice-input Google typing.
    • Download offline speech recognition: Enables voice input while offline.
  • Swype

    From the main Language and Input screen, touchSettings Shortcut next to Swype. You can also touch and hold the Settings Settings Icon icon on the keyboard when you are entering text using the Swype keyboard. You can customize the following keyboard settings:

    • How to Swype: View introduction guides on how to Swype.
    • Gestures: View the available shortcuts on the keyboard using gestures.
    • Preferences:
      • Vibrate on keypress: Vibrates when a key is touched.
      • Sound on keypress: Plays a sound when a key is touched.
      • Show helpful tips: Displays helpful hints on how to use Swype.
      • Auto-spacing: Automatically inserts a space between words.
      • Auto-capitalization: Automatically capitalizes the first letter of a new sentence.
      • Show complete trace: Displays the complete Swype path of each word.
      • Next word prediction: Predicts words based on the previously entered text.
      • Reset Swype's dictionary: Deletes all the words you have added to the personal dictionary.
      • Version: Displays the current version for Swype, Dragon, and Swype Connect.
    • Language Options: Change the current language selection and download additional languages.
    • Swype Connect: Make predictive results better with the data collected from external accounts. Touch Register now to login with your email address and touch Register. Enter the Activation code sent to your email address to confirm your account. You can adjust the following settings:
      • Account: Back up your dictionary and delete your account.
      • Backup & Sync: Automatically back up and sync your personalized dictionary.
      • Contribute usage data: Collect data from the device to improve predictions.
      • Cellular data: Allow Swype updates over your cellular data connection.
    • Personalization:
      • Edit Dictionary: Shows you the list of custom words, usernames, and contacts added. You can delete selected words from this menu option.
      • Facebook: Sign in to your Facebook account to add contact names to your personal dictionary.
      • Twitter: Sign in to your Twitter account to add usernames and new words from your Twitter feed to your personal dictionary.
      • Gmail: Sign in to your Gmail account to add names of people to your personal dictionary.
    • Updates: Check for any Swype updates.
  • Switching Text Entry Modes

    When entering text, open the Notification Panel by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom, and touch Choose input method.

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