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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Use Samsung Virtual Keyboard in Android 4.4 Kitkat

Indeed, Samsung Galaxy SIV isn't equipped with a physical keyboard, but you can use the virtual keyboard to replace the physical keyboard functions. You can use the stock Samsung keyboard app in a screen or app where you can enter text, such as Messaging app, Email app, Internet app, etc.

How to use the stock virtual keyboard in Android 4.4 Kitkat?
FYI, I wrote these steps using the stock QWERTY Samsung keyboard in the Messaging app. So, you may see a different keyboard key in another apps.
In the letters keyboard, use these options:
  1. Tap letter keys (a,b,c, etc) to enter text.
  2. Tap numeric keys (1,2,3, etc) to enter number.
  3. Tap to delete incorrect character, or tap and hold to delete a whole word or field.
  4. Tap to move to the new row.
  5. Single tap to change the case of text (capital letter or not), or Double tap to switch to all capital.
  6. Tap to enter space.
  7. Tap and hold the key in the left side of the space bar to switch between some options available, such as:
    • Microphone icon : select this option if you want to use voice to text feature. However, in certain case, users can't find this option in their keyboards, if you're also experiencing this problem, you can see the steps to fix it here.
    • Handwriting icon : select this option if you want to write using your finger or stylus.
    • Clipboard icon : select this option if you want to see all copied text or want to paste them.
    • Capture mode icon : select this option if you wish to use the Optical reader app to capture some text and then write the text into your message.
    • Settings icon : select this option to configure keyboard settings.
    • Smiley icon : select this option to display all available smileys. FYI, this option only available when you're composing text message or email message.
  8. Tap and hold the key in the right side of the space bar to display the most frequently used punctuations.
  9. Tap to switch to symbols keyboard.
In the symbols keyboard, use these options:
  1. Tap and to see available symbols.
  2. Tap to return to the letters keyboard.

I'm personally satisfied with the stock keyboard and never experience any problem with it, that's why I prefer to use the stock Samsung keyboard than another third-party keyboard app on my Samsung Galaxy SIV. So, how about you? Do you use the Samsung keyboard or another third-party keyboard app?


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