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How do I undock the keyboard on SwiftKey for Android?

7th August 2015

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s installment of SwiftKey Keyboard Tips & Tricks, geared towards our Android users.

With the launch of SwiftKey 4.3 on Android, we debuted Layouts for Living which gave you a bunch of new ways to adjust the layout of your keyboard. Here are the three options:

  • Compact: Reduces the width of the keyboard and allows for easier typing with one hand or use SwiftKey Flow.
  • Thumb: Splits the keyboard into two areas, allowing for two-handed, flexible typing.
  • Full: Gives you left and right cursor keys and the backspace is positioned above the enter key, making it easier to type with two hands when not holding your tablet

One option that we want to focus on today, which is often overlooked, is called ‘Undock’ mode. With this option, you can undock the keyboard from the bottom of the screen and move it anywhere you want on the screen.

Here’s how to get this set up on your device a few easy steps:

  1. Open SwiftKey Settings
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Select ‘Undock’

Hub_Cog Settings Hub_Undock Undocked


After undocking, you’ll see a little tab below the keyboard. Press and hold onto that tab to move the keyboard around.

When the keyboard is in Undock mode, it’s fully functional.

Pro Tip: Even in Undock mode, you can still apply other layout changes, such as Compact and Split mode.

When do you find yourself using this layout? Let us know on Twitter!

Have suggestions for other Tips & Tricks you’d like to see or know more about? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. If you missed last week’s installment check it out: How to add a numpad to your tablet while typing in landscape.

To download SwiftKey Keyboard for free, head to Google Play for Android or the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch.

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Ryan & the Community Team

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