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How do I change my long press duration?

2nd January 2015

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s installment of SwiftKey Keyboard Tips & Tricks! This week, we’re focusing on a tip for our Android users to let them further customize their keyboard.

As you may already know, long pressing on keys using SwiftKey Keyboard reveals secondary characters behind the main key you’ve pressed on the keyboard. For example, if you haven’t enabled the option for the dedicated number row, long pressing on the ‘y’ key gives you access to the number 6. You can also long press the ‘123’ button in the bottom left-hand corner of your keyboard to quickly access SwiftKey Settings.

What you may not know is that the duration of time it takes for the long press to trigger the secondary characters can be changed.

To change your long press duration:

  1. Open the SwiftKey Hub
  2. Tap on the gear icon
  3. Tap on ‘Keys’
  4. Use the slider to change this to the duration of your choice

Note: the lower the number, the more sensitive the long press will be.

Hub_Keys   Keys_longpress_duration  December 8, 2015 21608 PM GMT+0000

I personally like to set mine at about ~175. I use long press quite a bit to access numbers and secondary characters without having to switch to the second layout.

Have you already changed up your long press duration? Let us know on Twitter!

Have suggestions for other Tips & Tricks you’d like to see? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments; we’d love to hear them. If you missed last week’s installment, check it out here: What is Backup & Sync?

You can download SwiftKey Keyboard for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store now:

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Ryan & the Community Team

2 responses to “How do I change my long press duration?”

  1. Carol Bream says:

    I definitely love SwiftKey. I have a selfie stick that uses Bluetooth and it always changes my input method to the standard Samsung Android keyboard. I immediately change back to SK. Wonderful software. Thanks.

  2. Sean Brown says:

    I agree, SwiftKey long press duration is better at 250ms. also thanks for the tip!

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