Shift Keyboard - For Watch

Shift Keyboard - For Watch [Productivity] App Description & Overview

Add a fully functional keyboard to your Apple Watch with Shift Keyboard.

* As featured on 9to5Mac, Cult of Mac, AppAdvice & *

Typing messages on your Apple Watch can be chore - Scribble doesn't always work and Voice Dictation isn't great in public spaces. What’s wrong with using a traditional keyboard?

By adding a full QWERTY, AZERTY or QWERTZ keyboard to your Apple Watch, you can easily reply to your iMessages quickly and privately.

Shift Keyboard contains these key features:


Add a full QWERTY, AZERTY or QWERTZ keyboard to your Apple Watch.

Keys are easy to press and there’s support for key previews as you swipe along the keyboard.


The first swipe-to-type Apple Watch keyboard is now in Shift Keyboard!

Haptic feedback will confirm you’ve entered a character and you can use the Digital Crown to scroll through possible words.

It’s available in QWERTY, AZERTY or QWERTZ layouts too.


If you’re finding the other keyboard layouts too difficult to use, you can switch to the Precise layout instead.

Available in Alphabetical, QWERTY, AZERTY or QWERTZ layouts, you can scroll through a larger set of keys for maximum precision.


As you’re typing, you can complete words using the Suggestions bar above the keys.

Tap on a suggestion to replace the current typed word with the full suggestion. Great for improving speed on the small screen!

Access all suggestions by tapping the ellipsis icon next to the first two suggestions.


Whilst typing, if you make a mistake, Shift Keyboard will automatically replace the incorrect word with one it thinks is correct.

If it guesses wrong, just turn the Digital Crown to select another one - or your original typed text.


Shift Keyboard has full support for adding symbols, numbers and other special characters.


Unlike the built-in Messages app, Shift Keyboard supports adding an unlimited amount of emoji to a single message!

Simply select the emoji you’d like to add from the emoji picker and it’ll be appended to your message.

Your top 10 most recent emoji will even be suggested the next time you tap the emoji button.


Before sending your message, just tap the text field to view a full preview of your message.


Shift Keyboard uses the built-in Apple Messages app on your Apple Watch to send messages to your contacts.

Type out your message, tap the send button and you’ll be taken to the Messages app with your message ready to go!


Choose to receive Haptic Feedback on actions like key presses and button actions.


For quick and easy access, you can add the Shift Keyboard Complication to your Apple Watch’s Watch Face. Just tap and the keyboard will launch.


Use a swipe left gesture for backspace or a swipe right for a space for quick typing. Full keys for both of these functions are also available too.


After typing out your message and sending to a contact, you can choose to automatically clear the keyboard so you don’t have to clear it yourself.

If your message gets cleared, you can easily get it back by holding down on the text field.


Whilst typing on the Full keyboard, you can see exactly where you are with the pulsing blue cursor.


Customise Shift Keyboard your way.

Access the Settings menu by using the options button on the keyboard and you’ll be able to change the layout and toggle auto correct, suggestions & haptic feedback.


No need to install the iPhone app, you can get Shift Keyboard directly from the App Store on your Apple Watch.

Troubleshooting steps are available on iPhone.

Get in contact:

Twitter: @AdamFootDev

Please note, a supported Apple Watch is required for full app functionality. Currently, sending messages in the Apple Watch app only supports the built-in Apple Messages app using iMessage or SMS.

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Shift Keyboard - For Watch Customer Service, Editor Notes:

This update has the following new features and improvements: - Fixes a bug where the Portuguese dictionary couldn't be selected. If you like this app, please consider taking the time to leave a review - it really helps! Having issues? Email or send a DM to @AdamFootDev on Twitter and I’ll get right back to you.

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- innovative concept, but hard to use

i read about shift keyboard on a cult of mac article and i was very interested to download it for my apple watch, because i don’t love speaking to text in public and writing out my texts is pretty tedious. it seemed like a great idea, and it is, but it’s just not easy enough to use. you have to scroll to access the last half of the alphabet - and then writing out my words because just an easier task. plus, it’s kind of annoying to have to enter an entirely different app than Messages to send the text! overall, it’s a great (and needed) feature, but the eduction is just poor

- This app is not what it seems!!

I’ll say I was excited to see a full keyboard available on Apple Watch, but like the title says, this app is not what it seems. The app is NOT integrated into the native Apple Watch OS Messages app like the emoji keyboard is for example, even though it does integrate into the Messages app on the iPhone OS. To use this you have to go into the Shift app on the Apple Watch and “create a new message” every time. It doesn’t matter if there is a previous text conversation on the watch or not, you still have to go through the Shift app to use the full keyboard. If you receive a text and want to reply to it, you have to memorize all portions of the text and then leave the Messages app and open the Shift app to reply using the full keyboard. Also, you can use this app with the Messages app only, and no other messaging apps. I will say that the keyboard is pretty accurate and has a few user settings available, outside of that it was a waste of the $1.99 that it costs. I’d like to get my money back, but I’m guessing that’s not going to happen, especially since the price of the app has doubled in the last few months. So if you’re looking for a full keyboard app that is integrated into the Apple Watch Messages app, SAVE YOUR MONEY, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THAT APP. This app could’ve had so much potential, but in my opinion it fell on its face.

- Excellent!

At some point you’re not going to want someone to hear the text you’re sending & a “smart response” just isn’t going to cut it. The keyboard is big enough to see clearly and for “fat fingers” to type on & if you’re old school it is reminiscent of the old original keyboard options on the flip phone screens (except wayyy easier). I have nothing but positive things to say. The only thing that could make it better is a second “space” key on the 1st half of alphabet for added convenience (when your word is covered in the 1st half of the alphabet). I never leave reviews but this app is worth every penny of the 99 cents.

- Shift Keyboard Review

Really useful app , took me awhile to find a format where I could tap to text on my watch. This is a really simple , straight to the point app. It has everything it says it would, doesn’t exaggerate any features for advertisement purposes. Only complaint I have is that I wish the entire keyboard was visible along with the send button without scrolling up and down to find the letter you’re looking for. Other than that, this is probably the best type to text app for the Apple Watch ! I understand you’re limited in space for a small screen, but it almost contradicts the speed factor that’s advertised. I guess that’s just the trade off.

- Works great on the watch!! BRILLIANT!!

This is exactly what the watch has needed since day one!! Simple to use & intuitive. Takes a bit of playing with to figure it all out, but it does pretty much everything the phone’s native keyboard does, but on the watch! Brilliant! So many times I’ve gotten a message and wanted to send a quick reply from the watch that wasn’t covered by the pre-programmed replies, and I wasn’t near my phone right then. This app lets me send a reply from anywhere in the house without needing to haul the phone all over.

- Good Idea, but hard to use on the Apple Watch

I just downloaded the app to my watch after seeing it being suggested on iDrop news. It is hard to use the app on the watch being that when you thinking your pressing the “back” button, the screen goes to the preview page. Also, to reply to a text message, I would have to go to my app layout on the watch, then select the keyboard, and then type the message and then be taken back to the messages app to select who I want the message to go to. But again, good idea

- Really needed this app!

Prompt customer service! Cult of Mac recommended the app which definitely will be handy (Having a heavy New York accent sometimes makes it difficult for Siri to transcribe my use of proper names). I had a question about adding it to my watch and got an email response from the developer within 10 minutes! I’m Right now you have to access the app to type and then send but hopefully  will give us the option to add it to messages in the future.

- Much Improved

I bought this app a few weeks ago and had trouble typing accurately and quickly. After the latest update I have a better experience. I can type more accurately and efficiently. The send button has improved and the “Full Keyboard” feature improved as well. The “Full Keyboard” used to limit your typing by not allowing you to use periods or question marks or apostrophes. Now with the update, you can add these to the message. Keep up the hard work. You are almost there!

- It makes the watch better!!

A lot of watch apps are just companion pieces for the iPhone and don’t really make the watch something cool. This app makes me smile!!! I often send little short texts and with the iPhone in my pocket it used to have to rely on dictation or the scribble, neither of which are very accurate now I have this handy keyboard to send my snarky little thoughts. It works fantastic on the Series 5 44mm screen. My thanks to whoever made this app

- Great Key Size, Slow Typing

I got this for the watch app. I do love the size of the keys, but having to scroll to get to the letter you're after in a typed word is excruciatingly slow. I can swipe out what I need to type much faster. Also, I was under the impression you can see what is being typed noatter where you are at, even scrolling down to keys late in the alphabet and emojis. Once past the initial screen of letters, I cannot see what is being typed. The scrolling is killing me on this keyboard.

- Good Potential, But...

Thus app has good potential, but it doesn't appear to support sending a typed message to an existing group PM in Message (or I can’t figure out how to do so) - just to individual recipients. I often need to reply to group messages, so I am not finding it very useful at this time.

- Good idea in theory

I wanted a better, quicker input than the stock approach of drawing the letters. I thought this had promise but it took much longer to try to type than draw out each letter individually. The full keyboard is not as responsive as it should be and the precise one takes too long to scroll up and down to get to the letters at either end of the alphabet. Maybe if there was a swipe typing option for the full keyboard it might be more useful but for now I’ll stick with drawing letters with my finger.

- Ok but not what I was hoping for.

I downloaded this bc I needed a keyboard for my watch that I can swipe with. But I can not get the swipe to work. Everyone I click on the first letter Ana swipe it doesn’t show the word or predictions of what I swiped at all and jus puts a space between every letter. And when I tried to type I wouldn’t click the right letters. That was disappointing for that. I would like my money back for this app since I will be deleting it not being able to swipe text at all.

- FanTAStic!

Excellent app that just keeps getting better all the time. Leave your phone at home and relax with the ability to text and reply with your watch. And I defy anyone to beat the immediate response and support that Adam provides. Can’t beat it!

- Great app

Only issue I have seen so far is the lack of spell check, and the emojis need to be a little easier to enter. Otherwise I love the app. This is what I’ve been looking for, it’s far more intuitive then the native Apple reply methods.

- Nice app!

The app is nice the only issues I have is that you have to scroll up and down to find the letters. And my second concern is that can shift keyboard assure the information I’m typing is safe securable for privacy use?

- It’s dumb

I thought it would be a keyboard on the messages app but it’s not. In order to use it you have press on to the app write something and then it will forward you to the messages app where then you can send the messages. Also it’s very slow to write, its faster to just scribble. Seller if your reading this please process me a refund or I’ll dispute the charge...!!!!

- Not Completed Yet??

The Shift keyboard used in Apple Watch is limited for use at that moment. More development is required It can type and send (only) text message directly from built-in Messenger in Apple Watch, but can not type (since Shift keyboard never appears to type) for “replying to message” in built-in Messenger and FaceBook Messenger in Apple Watch S4.

- Not even close to responsive enough

I bought the bundle and both apps underwhelm. This keyboard is way unresponsive, most touches don’t even register. Prediction is hilariously off base most times

- APPLE WATCH DOES NOT SUPPORT 3rd party keyboards

Great app but it’s useless! All of the advertising makes it seem like it will replace the current Apple Keyboard- or lack of one that is. However after purchasing I found out that Apple watches do not SUPPORT 3rd party keyboards. Very disappointed. Should be made clear on all of your advertising.

- Wow...

I thought if I got this app for my Apple Watch I could use the keyboard to type and make it easier to text on but it turns out you can’t use it to text but you can use it to type on it is a complete waste of money do not buy it! I am so mad I wasted like 2 whole dollars of my Christmas money on this😒

- Works as advertised.

This is a very usable app. Will I use it often, I don’t know but it is nice to have the option.

- Great feature for the Apple Watch

I really like having this keyboard on my watch to send out quick replies when I am not near my phone.

- Please update

The complication is no longer available on the latest Apple watch OS 5 , would you kindly update so the complication is once again accesible from the infograph face.

- Hard to use

Very hard to use, unless you have tiny fingers. Still , nice to have, works better than flick type.

- Kuwait

Kindly could u make it work with iphone arabic language . Thanks its fine with my apple watch english but no arabic characters Also its not working on my ipad .Thanks alot🌹

- Not satisfied.

The app should be supported by all apps using text as input not only messages. Most of us receive messages via Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter rather than the messages app (where we most receive carrier related offers and informational sms). Please make it useful on social media apps, really need it.

- Nice app

This app needs swipe and it will make things easier this app can do tweaks and it will be one of the best apps

- Love the app

Am satisfied with the app and I am sure I will eventually learn how to You use it the right away.

- .99 cents

The cost was no big deal, and neither is the ap. Can’t even type witching the message. Great in theory, that’s about it. I was so excited that I would be able to type instead of talk into the phone, no such luck. I’ll wait for the improvement!

- Doesn’t work

I spent $2 on an app that won’t even work! The app tells me to go into my Apple Watch app and click the app but I can’t even find the app in the first place, no matter how many times I restart my phone/watch (persay the app) or redone load it.

- Not Fully Intergraded

I was hoping that I could use the shift keyboard directly in the message app, however this is not the case. There are a few extra steps you have to do, which I am unsure if I like it.

- Love the Idea

I followed all these steps yet I am unable to use the keyboard on my Apple Watch series 5 However I am able to use it on my iPhone Unfortunately I PURCHASED this app so that I can use it on my watch Please help.

- It doesn’t work on my series 5

I like the idea and the keyboard is decent but when I tap the send arrow the next screen for contacts is frozen even the cancel button.

- Does not work for messenger

I have messenger an app from facebook and i do not want to draw word by word. I was searching in internet if this app could be the solution but there was nothing. I decided to install the app. I am disappointed and I want my money back

- Ehh

If there were a way to add it as another input option in the watch text app along with dictation and finger writing would be much better and a option to layout in QWERTY

- Very cool, love it!

Very useful, especially when you are unable to talk into the watch in a quiet environment.

- It’s ok.

It’s great to have a keyboard on my watch but to be honest, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping it had swipe to type. Since it’s a smaller keyboard, it made sense to me. I think I liked FlickType better.

- Does not work

I downloaded the app and it doesn’t show up on my Apple Watch app on my iPhone for me to install it on my watch. I have followed all of the instructions and it still don’t show up. I want my money back!

- Swipe option

It doesn’t really work. I downloaded this app to use the swipe option and it doesn’t work at all.. I’m a little disappointed. I will uninstall and keep original way to type a message 😒

- just as quick to write with finger

sorry adam. i got your answer to my review earlier. its a neat app, and yes, the keyboard is shown on apple site as not all on the one screen. but thats why it doesnt work for me personally. its just as quick to write msgs with ones finger in the apple watch system as it is to scroll up and down with the shift keyboard to hit any of the alphabet. i really wanted to like this product but cant. its great if u dont mind scrolling up and down. :0)

- Great app.

Wished it worked in messenger too. That’s where I mainly get my messages from. ☹️

- Not worth it

The app does not work seamlessly at all on the watch. And the whole allow full access when installed on the phone is ridiculous. Don’t waste your money.

- May I get a refund?

Very difficult to use on iWatch and instructions to actually use it for a text message were just not there. I wish I could return the app for a refund.

- Swipe does not work

Tried multiple times installing and turning off watch and swipe does not work. Very hard to type regular. Reached out to owner and no response

- Took my money!

Don’t get this app! It won’t download to my watch no matter what. It’s cheap but i still could have used the money for something better. Disappointed :(

- delete button gets stuck

everytime the delete button gets stuck, closing out the app does not work. i have to delete and reinstall the entire app. it will get stuck and continue to vibrate my watch. even if i start typing it will keep deleting. i have yet to be able to use it successfully. seemed like a cool concept.

- Not real convenient

This is annoying to use. Great idea but not user friendly. It’s a separate app from your messages. I’m getting rid of it.

- Not worth it

It is not easy to use is hard and it takes time to send a message

- Not even working??

It’s not even working on my iPhone 11 and series 4 watch? It’s not showing up in my Apple Watch app

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- Great app

Great app much better than the apple options. One recommendation that you’ve probably already thought of, keep the text line visible when scrolling the keyboard. Thanks

- Alright, but not as good as FlickType

The new swiping feature is not as fast as I would have liked, although it is possible to make something similar to the keyboard currently in iOS 13 or is that too difficult? It is really annoying and slow using the swipe keyboard because you have to wait for the letter to be recognised by the software and is very easy to mistype a word. The tap keyboard doesn’t really compete with it’s competitor Flicktype simply because it’s writing experience is not as good. I have found a good use for the precise keyboard to type numbers and other symbols very quickly when needed, but I’m afraid that’s the only thing I find that works well and is unique to this app, although this feature alone probably isn’t worth the $3. Looking forward to further updates and maybe an improvement to the swipe keyboard.

- It's okay

I got this specifically to use on the Apple Watch, but it's just too difficult. The keyboard needs more space than the screen can provide, so while the keys are a good size, you're constantly scrolling up and down the keyboard. At this stage scribble is still more effective than a touch keyboard on the watch

- Arabisch

Ik heb gekocht omdat ik dank ik vand echt Arabisch keyboard maar dat klopt niet 👎👎👎

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- Français

Peut-être un jour! En français! Merci!

- Quel intérêt?

C’est totalement inutile cette app! Ne pas acheter ça s’il vous plaît ! On ne peut même pas répondre à un SMS directement Je veux être remboursé immédiatement!

- Garbage

The swipe feature doesn’t work, the “precision” keyboard doesn’t fit the screen properly, and it doesn’t predict words well at all. Huge waste of $3

- Wish it would work

Do not buy, does not work , not worth the money

- Disappointed

Good idea! Unfortunately unusable. Much slower than other methods and suggested words almost always gibberish.

- Issues

The key board doesn’t appear in order to type a text message. It’s just an app with a general keyboard

- not an integrated keyboard.

having to go back and forth between the messaging app and the keyboard to type a message just makes it worse then having to scribble... it would be a lot better if it would integrate with the messaging app on the watch just like it does on the phone. waste of money, my opinion and sticking to it.

- Great app idea & works really well

The app is working just as it should on my series 4 with iPhone X. I have the “Shift” complication visible when I check the time. Great app

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- Refund

App just isn’t easy to use...

- Waste of $1.99

Good idea if it appeared with messages. But no worth going through 10 steps to type a message!

- I want a refund.

This is waste of money. I was excited then tried and no. I don’t like the process at all.

- Did not work

I like the idea and the concept, but I fiddled with it for a while and it never worked

- Does not work

It simply does not work. Could not get the app to present a keyboard on the watch. Waste of $1.99.

- Non native app

??? Swipe doesn’t even work? Am I missing something??? Can’t use native inside message app.

- Does not work

I would like my refund because this does not work!

- this app is a lie

i got this app thinking it would make it a little easier to text but it wasn’t. on top of that when i downloaded it, it said nothing about paying for it, and now i’m getting an email confirming my purchase. not happy.

- Swipe typing won't work

Swipe typing still won't work

- Doesn’t work

Will not input nor swipe even with haptics off.

- Waste of money.

Too small and inaccurate.

- Teclado

La verdad que se puede ver las mejoras que a tenido este teclado de gran utilidad, muchas gracias y felicidades 👍

- Could not install on Apple Watch 5

Did not install.

- H

having a hard time installing in my apple watch

- Swipe

Swipe didn't work!

- Not happy

It won’t work on my I watch

- Don’t work

Wasted $2

- Noooo!!!!

I want my money back !!!!

- Liars and Thieves.

Don’t buybit

- Poor


- Thumbs Down !

The app is terrible. I thought that I’d be able to send messages straight from the message app but unfortunately that is not this. If you are interested in having to text through a 3rd party app then go for it but if not this is definitely not the app for you. The time it take to write out the message , then select the person to send it to then have it sent via the message app you could’ve scribbled or spoken 20 messages (I’m exaggerating of course, the point is that it takes a long time to send one message). I’m definitely disappointed

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Shift Keyboard - For Watch (Version 4.4.7) Install & Download

The applications Shift Keyboard - For Watch was published in the category Productivity on 2019-02-21 and was developed by Adam Foot [Developer ID: 1071261283]. This application file size is 7.59 MB. Shift Keyboard - For Watch - Productivity app posted on 2020-11-11 current version is 4.4.7 and works well on IOS 13.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: app.FootWare.Shift

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