Lukemichael7 - 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
Txhd01 - 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.
JJCya - Works great on my Apple Watch Ultra
So far so good. Works as it says it does with iMessages, but you do have to go to the options on your watch to make sure it sends iMessages instead of asking which is extremely easy to do. At first I had a problem writing certain words because of auto correct, (slang words lol) once I turned auto correct off, worked a lot better, I see no problems with it. Was hesitant to download because of the reviews but after downloading it, I have had absolutely no problems, plus it is iOS 9.1 ready and even better, they don’t collect private information so nothing is tied to you using this app, which is something that I look at before downloading any app. Would recommend
Whiskey98 - 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.
JJ-Hull - 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.
BikesBrookie - 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!
Techie 84 - 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
Mypetard - 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.
Tony 1963 - 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
BrandonLN - 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.
Freddiethebutch - Slide to type not great.
While the standard keyboard seems to work very well and the autocorrect/word prediction pretty much always gets it right, the slide to type keyboard just can’t seem to figure out what I am trying to say. Unfortunately the slide to type keyboard was the reason I got this app, but I will continue to use it for the good standard keyboard for now.
Would love to see the slide to type keyboard predict the words more accurately.
Eric3722739 - Didn’t work for me
Purchased this app wanting to test different Apple Watch Keyboards on the Apple Watch 6. Liked the layout of this keyboard but mainly got it for the swipe-to-text. The other layouts (Full & Precise) seemed to work just fine, but the Swipe layout won’t even register the swipes? Shows the swipe path but no words actually appear? What gives? I can tap in the swipe layout, but nothing for swiping? An unfixed bug perhaps? Either way, i’ll personally be sticking with the other Apple Watch keyboard for this reason. Unfortunately Shift did not work for me.
Tntracy - 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.
Cbriody - 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.
Katrishaharr - 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.
Sniperfalse - Swipe does NOT work
I spent $1.99 for this app, because the developer says it has a swipe feature. The concept is great for the Apple Watch, but it does NOT work at all! Super disappointed. I waited almost one year to write this review in hopes that he would fix it in an update. Nope. If the developer sees this and has a secret way of making the swipe feature work, please let me know. Once that works, I will update my review to five stars. If it just will not work as promised, I want a refund.
The_DCDude - 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!
McKayla1719 - Need help
How to you sync this keyboard to your iMessages and Facebook messenger app? So that way when you receive a text on your Apple Watch, or a Facebook message, and go to respond, this keyboard comes right up?
JeBoiJay - Not what it is.
I have a series 3 Apple Watch, yes drawing is not the greatest. Once I saw this on the App Store I thought, this is a fix. But no. It send a notification to your phone to type out the message. But at that rate your better off texting off your phone then buying this. This is a complete waste of money. Hope you find this useful.
Mem101296 - 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.
Bandersjdjri - Won’t work.
Every time go to open the app it just loads and goes onto a black screen and if I go into messages it still doesn’t work can you please help me?
Wins8611 - 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.
Ilich83 - 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?
Arield25 - 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...!!!!
Sisixbfboeksxbh - 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😒
Kobegoatgang - 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
Christopher B Katz - 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.
Vhdhejejsiherjjf - Have to go to a different app
Thought this would be the best way to text on an apple watch but nope… you have to go to a whole different app to use the keyboard. Cant just change to this keyboard from the original… wish they were clear about this
Bill_Carey - 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.
Omnikey - Hard to use
Very hard to use, unless you have tiny fingers. Still , nice to have, works better than flick type.
Ggrizzly - 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.
Cdmr9816 - 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.
Wiilman Apple Fan - 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.
Pegogo7 - Waste of money
Very glitchy on the Apple Watch series 6. It would make the sounds of typing but wouldn’t type the word or it would give you the letter next to the one you selected. Not impressed. Was super excited to have a keyboard on my watch.
Bu-yaser - 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🌹
DatBoiDeacon - 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.
Random3101 - This app is not what it looks like
I was super excited to see a full keyboard app for the Apple Watch, but this app was really hard to use. I would go to type one thing and it would type something else I would really like a refund
Lizcab716 - Love the app
Am satisfied with the app and I am sure I will eventually learn how to You use it the right away.
Spunkee1952 - .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!
Miley116 - Doesn’t work
I bought this because I don’t like the scribble keyboard and wanted to be able to type instead. Problem is that it doesn’t actually work so now I just lost 2.99$. Please don’t buy this.
Yoly26 - 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
Near-Enough - Swipe mode doesn't work
I've tried for a couple days to get the swipe mode to work. It simply will not accept input. The interface shows it's tracking finger movement but it never selects a word. Useless app.
970038 - Very cool, love it!
Very useful, especially when you are unable to talk into the watch in a quiet environment.
Cassie crowe - 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.
Landonandamanda - 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.
Drc7429 - 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
:)Eduardo - 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
Ruth.Aleli - 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 😒
Kaalha2 - 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)
Jfhsurkf - 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!
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Wesmanbigmig - 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.
Bigkev64 - 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
Pdays1 - 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.
Nnnnnn74 - Not working
It’s not working on my watch.
Shan1a - doesn’t work
wasted my money only for this app to not work
Nareman al hilali - Arabisch
Ik heb gekocht omdat ik dank ik vand echt Arabisch keyboard maar dat klopt niet 👎👎👎
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Edge5346745 - It's okay, but flakey
It works okay, but doesn't give you to option to not autocorrect (I was typing the word I wanted but it thought it knew better). And unfortunately, I bought this to work with Wrist Chat which doesn't work at all. For a paid app, it must so so much better.
Runner_! - Does not work
This app does not work as intended. Don’t buy.
Raver119 - Useless app
It works as a standalone app, so you can't use it from the Reply screen. Swipe precision isn't perfect as well.
Mad max wannabe - Waste of money
What a waste of money. In the description it says you can quickly reply to messages. Well you can’t because you have to go into this app separately from iMessage. Going back and forth to reply to a message is a waste of time and money that I’ll never get back.
673tiger - Doesn’t work don’t buy
It doesn’t work at all I wouldn’t buy it it’s a waste of money
Heyheyheyhermania - French?
I am french so when i wanna swipe to write in french ( there is a “french” language version) it doesn’t work, only english word. It would be so cool if i could write quickly in french…
Yes i have changed the setting for french, but still in English…
Abhy Bk - RUBBISH
DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON THIS PIECE IF GARBAGE
Guy Worker - Avoid at All Costs!!
Doesn’t work at all. Completely misleading. Complete trash. I want a full refund for this scam of an app!
Sinedsin - Français
Peut-être un jour! En français! Merci!
XPRYZNER - I think this is a scam!
Bought the app on the iphone 12 and it will not connect with my Apple Watch 5.
I then bought the app from my watch and it will not load.
Drville - 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!
Trin angel - 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
Bryan0720 - Wish it would work
Do not buy, does not work , not worth the money
Jblq - Disappointed
Good idea! Unfortunately unusable. Much slower than other methods and suggested words almost always gibberish.
Sam1701 - Issues
The key board doesn’t appear in order to type a text message. It’s just an app with a general keyboard
Fj.p - 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.
Sleepswithiphone - 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.
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