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New update for SwiftKey emoji beta out today

11th February 2014

Hi everyone,
We have a new update for the beta with emoji support and optional number row for you today in response to your feedback.


We’ve listened to your comments in the VIP forum and added a range of changes and fixes, including issues many testers reported with posting emoji on Instagram. We’ve also added a “recently used” emoji tab to enable you to quickly revisit your favorite icons.

We hope you enjoy the latest update, thank you to everyone who is testing out this beta, we’re grateful for your feedback and suggestions. Keep sharing your ideas and issues in the VIP forum – it’s free and quick to join.

Kind regards,

Evan and the SwiftKey Team


  • Addition of a “recently used” emoji tab to display previously chosen icons
  • Smart emoji layout now adapts to the amount of space on the screen
  • Twitter personalization updated after Twitter updated its API
  • Missing emoji from first emoji tab now reinstated
  • Fixed some force closes

Bug fixes:

  • Dark theme reinstated
  • Always have emoji at least as secondary on IMEGoKey (eg allows you to insert emoji in Instagram)
  • Interim menu not being dismissed after locking/unlocking the screen
  • Enabling split landscape numpad in 7″ devices
  • Updates to Kannada and Malayalam languages from user feedback
  • Fixed odd number row issue in Azerty Nederland keyboard layout
  • Added conjunt consonants to six Indic layouts (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada and Telugu)
  • Improved behaviour on web fields in KitKat
  • Missing ѝ in Bulgarian layouts
  • Layout improvements in all languages (number row duplicates, new characters, etc)
  • Notifying the user if a download fails due to insufficient storage
  • Changed to on the @ key in “To” email fields

Known issues:

  • It is still not always possible to insert a new line in some apps.

157 responses to “New update for SwiftKey emoji beta out today”

  1. Krishna Prajapati says:

    Beta crashing after this update. Nexus 4, 4.4.2 kitkat, ART

  2. max Clyde says:

    Please add a clipboard feature to allow us to copy and paste multiple pieces of text at once.

  3. Daniel Jansson says:

    How about some actually good looking themes if you are listening to feedback? None of the existing ones looks good enough. Far from it actually.

  4. Thais says:

    Not able to see the recent emoji tab….

  5. xnadax says:

    I much prefer having the emojis separated into pages like the standard Android keyboard has. That way, I can learn that emoji X is on page Y in position Z, which is much faster to navigate to, compared to scrolling in a list.

  6. blurps says:

    Where are the layout updates? Numbers still don’t have the normal special characters the regular PC keyboards do.

    @ is still on a not on q, also in the German layout ä ü and ö should be the primary characters on a u and o.

    And the € symbol belongs on e not x.

    • blurps says:

      I get that without a number row you need to place numbers and special characters somewhere and mess up the layout people are used from the big hardware keyboards.

      But swift has a number row and should mimic the original keyboards as close as possible if activated.

      I always pause when i’m looking for @ € % ” or whatever characters that are no where i would expect them.

      Btw. the German number special characters are:
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
      ! ” § $ % & / ( ) =

  7. Okay Dean says:

    Have updated to latest version overnight and now predictive tect isn’t displayed or an option.

    nexus 5, 4.4.2

  8. GodSponge says:

    Can’t seem to access the site from mobile browser. I keep getting a database error message.

  9. ♔Yung King says:

    I lost my predictive text, auto correct, and swyping. Is anyone else experiencing the same problem?

  10. suzidownunder says:

    Hi can you fix the problem with the options for ‘to,two and too’ every time i type ‘too’ swiftkey is not learning it and i have to add another ‘o’ 🙂

  11. Chints says:

    I am using the paid version from the Play Store. If I install the beta, what happens to the previous learnings? Also, one the beta expires and we go back to the Store version, can the learnings in the beta move there too?

  12. Nyght says:

    How about an update that actually installs? I tried downloading it directly to the phone: nothing. I tried downloading it to my console and emailing it to my phone: Nothing. It gets to the install screen and will not install. Advice?

  13. Jesica says:

    Please add more skins.. Would be great to have an iphone like theme!

  14. Zane Mikel says:

    Where is my Muslim emoji

  15. Syikho says:

    For those having issues with predictive text uninstall the old version then reinstall that’s how I fixed mine.

  16. lsmiaka says:

    Galaxy Note 3 w/4.3 I can download and open the apk, but am unable to hit the install button. I can go back and forth between new and old permissions and hit cancel, but the install button doesn’t work. Please fix it! Thanks!

  17. Joshua Curey says:

    Where’s the emoji update for the paid version,?!

  18. Joshua Curey says:

    I wish the emoji sections were a bit more colorful. Maybe make them match somewhat with what theme youre using?

  19. Kannan says:

    Cannot find Malayalam in available languages. In bug fixes you say you have made updates to Malayalam language. How can I enable Malayalam?

  20. Varazir says:

    When I have select English in the keyboard / language I keep getting words from Swedish when I swipe. Same the other way around.

  21. Tamer Assal says:

    i cant use emoji in instagram

  22. Rashawn31 says:

    Thanks for getting emojis working on Instagram.

  23. Sarah Enander says:

    Ive been wsiting for a good Red theme, maybe Red and White, but not that Horrid Red obe they have in the themes section

  24. Nathan Krebs says:

    please fix this emoji. It is pretty popular, at least with my friends. it looks like this for iOS. Yours looks COMPLETELY different. like a sleepy, blushing, happy/content kind of look

  25. Ben Adelie says:

    Still cannot insert a new line in Hangouts. In the market version the return key on the emoji page would insert a new line.

  26. Paul tate says:

    Sent a lot of mms last month. Cost 20p to send an emoji. Not good. Never used to be charged with my iPhone emoji. 🙁

  27. wialno28 says:

    Major fail. Won’t install and I lost the previous version.

  28. Abrąhąm Spring says:

    Why emoji are black and white in my screen and different with picture you put up here?

  29. rider8 says:

    To be honest for all those complaining about themes; I’d rather just get the performance up. I view themes as more resource hogging. I remember Swiiftkey X having pretty much just TWO themes, and the thing FLEW. After Swiftkey 3 came out, it started getting more bogged down and slower with all these themes. Performance first fo rme. I don’t think i have SLOW devices; they’re not brand new and top of the line – a Nexus 4 and a Note 2 – but shouldn’t have performance issues with a keyboard.

    So SwiftKey, please focus on performance and then obviously on themes. They are important.

    • David Metcalfe says:

      I hadn’t considered themes as a possible performance hit. Quite possible.

      For myself, the issues are almost exclusively related to Emoji. Especially with the recent updates, opening up the recently used, or general Emoji panes suffers dropped frames and a locked up app while waiting.

  30. BryanGB says:

    Updated to the new beta this morning and now the £ pound key doesn’t work. €¥¢ next to it are all fine, as are the keys in the same place as £ on other screens. I had to switch to the AOSP keyboard to be able to type the £s in this message!

  31. amit says:

    I am having an issue on my Sprint Galaxy Note 2. Since the yesterday i am not getting any predictive text anymore. Running android 4.3 for a few weeks now. Have the beta 4.5

  32. MellFriezk_48 says:

    How about memory, when insert emoji its take lot of RAM.

  33. Stephen Frame says:

    I wish I could send messages by tapping the Enter key. It was in a previous version but was removed. I would really like to have the option again.

  34. Shannon Solomon says:

    There is a slight pause that is plaguing this keyboard everytime I send a message in whatsapp and I want to send another one immediately after there is Atleast a 1.5s pause between the keyboard going from lower case to upper case again and for the name SwiftKey I’m really not feeling swift when I’m waiting on the keyboard.

    Please get rid of this lag/issue/pause whatever it is.

  35. tunhuk66 says:

    With the newest beta, I get TWO emojis every time I select one. Nexus 7 with Kitkat. On my GNexus with JB 4.3 it works at it should though

  36. Dagmar Sporck says:

    according to my battery stats (Battery Doctor) SwiftKey Beta is responsible for over 30% of my HTC One’s consumption

  37. Graham says:

    My phone won’t download the new update – just says “download unsuccessful” – I already uninstalled an reinstalled the latest beta version and then tried to download this update – I have Samsung Galaxy S3 – currently don’t have any predictions, which is very annoying – any help is greatly appreciated!

  38. Dave says:

    Very pleased with it. Would be nice to have coloured normal emoticons on my s4

  39. Guest says:

    is anyone else having an issue where their predictions went away? like when I type, there is nothing to change a incorrectly spelled word?! thanks 🙂

  40. lurkee says:

    I cannot install the update on my Samsung Galaxy S4. When I get the button to change from “next” to “Install”, I press install and nothing happens. Is there anyway to force install this another way?
    ***update*** – it was due to the other app”Twilight”. turning it off let me install.

  41. Ricardo says:

    Will be awesome to have prediction words font less ligger like Google keyboard.
    Other thing is have “!” and “?” in secondary symbols instead “(” and “)” symbols and black emoji background.

  42. Stephen Edwards says:

    What a bunch of wingers you are and what part of Beta do you not understand, for heaven sake it’s free and you are the testers for the builders, you should be thankful to the makers for allowing you to take part in the program without the negativity, it’s the fixing of the bugs that is more important, not the colour of the text and I think theprogram is great, just needs a few more tweeks to make it perfect…. Lol

  43. Matth2w says:

    I dl the new beta and the keyboard is very sluggish. It just outright froze now.

  44. MellFriezk_48 says:

    It’s take a lot of memory RAM

  45. Zowee M. says:

    I love the emojis, but the prediction bar won’t show up at all in any apps! I tried restarting my phone & searched the internet, but nothing worked! Please help/fix. BTW: I have A Samsung Galaxy S3

  46. Lyria Taylor says:

    I love SwiftKey. However, I do have an issue with having to install my language pack everytime I restart my phone which is very annoying. Also it would be great to have some more themes with animations or the option to customize our own theme would be excellent!

  47. Marcus says:

    Wow. Whatever update you did for speed in the last beta was totally thrown out the window on this one. It’s disgustingly slow to open up, and while the emojis scroll is not worse than before, it’s still terribly slow. – I’m on a Galaxy 4

  48. JackMeov says:

    How about better predictive capability based on message recipient, so emoticons used with your significant other aren’t appearing as suggestions for your co-workers, etc.

    It’s creepy.

  49. Dorit says:

    Why I see my emoji in black?

  50. Ray efx says:

    when you release final version 4.5?, Greetings

  51. Karolis Daukša says:

    Enter don’t work with Google Hangouts. It sends message instead of going to next line :((
    Nexus4, v4.4 stock

  52. Juan Rovira says:

    In the tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, emoji does not work. Are missing.
    Is it because of the screen resolution? Or is this keyboard not designed for tablets?

  53. amy says:

    Definitely noticing a slowness when the keyboard opens that wasn’t present on the previous beta versions.

  54. Akash Kaneria says:

    there is no color on my emoji just black and white

  55. Wassim Taher says:

    Guys please add Flow over the numbers row. Let us Flow a word which contains numbers in it. Example: 20th century.

  56. ismail says:

    On my galaxy tab 2, when I insert one emoji and show 2 emoji please fix this 🙂

  57. Herberth says:

    Is very slooooooow

  58. William says:

    Could you possibly half the smallest size keboard?
    It’s really the absolute maximum size for me.

  59. Frank Loveras says:

    Nice!, finally the row with the numbers

  60. Dolrell Knight says:

    More simplistic themes. Kinda like ios 7. Other than that it’s perfect.

  61. Michael says:

    Nexus5, Android 4.4.2, App installation hangs on (german locale) “Wird installiert…” (like “Installing…”). Options of Installation of Non-Market Apps is on, also deleted mt old, full version of Swiftkey before. Tried several times now. Suggestions?

    • Michael says:

      Resolved by canceling the installation, and _without uninstalling the “half-installed” app_ (which i did the times i tried it before), trying to install again. it asks wether i wanted to “update”, i clicked yes and then the installation finished immediatly. strange!

  62. roberthenderson says:

    Quite often when I try to edit a comment on a site (usually through discus), I will place the cursor in one position, start typing and in the middle of of the word the cursor will jump back to the beginning of the post where the last part of the the word I was typing gets inserted into the first word. Needless to say, it’s very frustrating. On s related note, sometimes when I’m editing, the will refuse to be moved anywhere but the beginning of the Post. Galaxy Note 3 rooted.

  63. Søren Brieghel says:

    All My emoji is Black, until they Are postet. Why is That?

  64. Robert-Michael Roa says:

    The emojis on my keyboard are all black and white as opposed to colorful. Is that because of the keyboard or my phone?

  65. Jonas says:

    Uninstall Ice Theme and make a new theme with different color scheme!

  66. Brandon Lee Connor says:

    How about you let us change the colour ourself? Like we can do with our Windows Theme on the computer.

    That’d be great!

    Or how about User made themes? And people can even sell their own Themes, etc.

  67. Deelan L says:

    Must admit that i’m a fan of swiftkey, it’s great to see that you’ve incorporated emojis now 😀

  68. Juanis Torruellas says:

    When are you guys including this in the paid version

  69. Padraig Sheehan says:

    Anyone know why you have to hold enter key for emojis on s4 min gt-i9195 even if long press option is unticked? work for viber but not sms, thanks

  70. Darrell Drail says:

    Anyone have a problem with no color on the emoticons. Mine are all black and white.

  71. Marcus says:

    I’ve had major issues with Twitter crashing lately. It started about the same time as this update and only when I’m writing new tweets which makes me suspect that SwiftKey is actually the culprit for this. It happens mostly when moving the cursor back and edit the text.
    Anyone else experienced similar problems?

  72. Ohana says:

    Can’t see the emojis on my keyboard! I press they emoji key and no emoji shows up! help!

  73. Felix Lehmann says:

    When will end the Beta-Stadium? The app works perfectly on my N5 🙂

  74. Anshuman Goyal says:

    I am a pro user. I want that the themes should be revamped. The spaces between keys is very less which makes typing a little bit difficult. If there is a change in keyboard layout i dont think there is any app which can be better than swiftkey.

  75. MellFriezk_48 says:

    It’s take a lot of RAM …please fix it

  76. Is the Swiftkey Emoji Beta only for certain phones and devices? I have 4 different brands of tablets and 8 different types of cell phones but this is not working on any of them. Also having trouble with the Swiftkey Keyboard working properly on the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Is there another way to report issues because when I try to email I get a general response which I have followed the instructions but this issue still has not been fixed in 5 months of my reporting it. It sure would be nice to use the keyboard I paid for.

  77. Shaun Ellis says:

    I’m sure the beta version is a tester phase but we are talking about emoticons that every keyboard, except SwiftKey, had an extended emoji package. Not only is it taking an extended period of time, but your paying customers continue to be without! I’ve read through the update and unless I completely missed something, there is no date expected for your paying customers to have this feature. Please consider an expeditious release for your customers who are faithful to your product. I’ve tried to switch, specifically for a separate emoji platform, but I love the other features your product offers. Please release the emoji Keyboard soon

  78. Tommy Haugnes Gammelsæter says:

    Using the default Sony sms handler on my Xperia Z1 Swiftkey doesn’t move the text box where i am supposed to type sms above keyboard. Instead Swiftkey settles on top of it and some of the previous sms sendt.

  79. Zeeevil says:

    I’m not sold to be using swiftkey beta just for emoji when I already bought the paid version.

  80. Samantha Gobert says:

    People love to complain. Take in the feedback and implement changes as you see fit, but know this: you are the best damn keyboard ever!

  81. Tom Foolery says:

    Umm i have this beta 4.5 and it keeps telling me its out out of date then sends me here to update. Wouldnt mind but flow doesnt work so very frustrated. Uninstalling

  82. Armaan Jadhav says:

    SwiftKey has became very slow….
    Especially when we try to open Emojis

  83. Alejandra Orjuela. says:

    El teclado SwiftKey es maravilloso, aún sin emoji decidí esperar a sus actualizaciones para poderlos usar en instagram.
    Me gustaría insertaran en el teclado los emoji para que funcione rápido y sea perfecto!

  84. 34543353454 says:

    I’m probably wasting my time asking this here, dont think they care. But how about fixing the beta version to where it doesn’t lag anymore?? It takes forever for the keyboard to load, and it seems that almost every word lags or is choppy and the emoji’s are awful looking. All I read is how “wonderful” swiftkey is, and that they’ve reached a million people but how about those of us that have the PAID version and hate what its become??? I think nothing will come out of this. I’ve uninstalled them both and now have another completely different keyboard. Last time anyone gets money from me for an app.

    (Galaxy S3)

  85. Platon Leftakis says:

    Can you make the emojis look like iPhone emojis

  86. Marty Rose says:

    The latest update is really slow to pop up on my Note 3 unlike the non beta

  87. I am doing something wrong. I am able to download, but can’t install it. I can get to the permission, I click the install button and nothing happens. I am the Nexus 5.

  88. Sara Cooper says:

    When you try to get to the emoji menu, sometimes it doesn’t read the press of the key correctly.

  89. ShiShi429 says:

    “ space and lowercase autocorrection inserted after using punctuation like quotation marks and colons. Please fix.”

  90. Javier Villarroel says:

    I think that you should make an option for using the number and symbol keyboard like it usually is because I don’t like the one that is being used now! I can’t get use to it, and it’s kind of slow, everything but fast.

  91. mitch says:

    Where is the SwiftKey edit menu with arrows to select text, cut, copy, paste, etc? The stock Android edit menu is buggy and hard to work with so SwiftKey needs its own menu.

  92. JHaber says:

    Love the emoji feature but ABSOLUTLEY hate that you only have it on black and white when selecting them. TERRIBLE! You can’t tell what color the hearts are until you select it and if it’s not what you want, there’s a lot of time wasted trying to find the right one. SEARCH, CHOOSE, TYPE, ERASE…. REPEAT. UGH.. . .Horrible. Emojis should always be IN COLOR. Even in the prediction section. Would really appreciate it if someone would make that happen. . Thanks…

  93. trigun123478 says:

    There have been lots of people requesting the change of the keyboard sounds. Yet they always ignore it. There still using the old type writer sound. Please add different sounds. I have to turn off keyboard sounds with swift key.

  94. Rick Pomygalski says:

    Text prediction, error correction not working at all since yesterday’s update. Note 3.

  95. Kdmw says:

    The next word suggestion bar is gone with this update. I used it all the time, please bring it back.
    I looked all through settings and just can’t find it anywhere!

  96. Kdmw says:

    I know integration is the goal and important but wouldn’t it be easier to just make a plug in/extension with the emoji option that can be turned on or off by the user? Just a thought…

  97. Steven Lewis says:

    The best keyboard on the market!

  98. angel sanchez says:

    For some reason my isnt predicting my text how can i fix that.

  99. Jeremy Beamer says:

    Not getting the predictions that are on the regular version.. Anyone else?

  100. Jow-enn Hilado Ü says:

    Android 4.1.2 is not supported by SwiftKey emoji? I can’t view emojis. Thats so sad.

  101. Felix Edwards says:

    Nice addition with the emoji update but a little choppy when your going through the app searching for emojis…. But overall pretty decent.

  102. Kacey says:

    I don’t like that the emojis when listed on the keyboard don’t look the same as when you actually select them for the text box. I want to be able to tell EXACTLY what the emoji I’m choosing looks like, not have to click on twelve different ones until I find one I like.

  103. Carol Cruz says:

    How it works for people who bought swiftkey version?
    When I installed this one, my phone got 2 version: the payed one and the beta one.
    I want only the payed version with emoji. Is it possible?

  104. Marie says:

    My emojis are not in color.. Has this happened to anyone?

  105. Denise says:

    Why is predictive text not available in Beta? Must I choose between emoji (Beta) or predictions? Bummer!

  106. Erin Fitzpatrick says:

    Won’t work with Galaxy S4 with Kitkat. “Swiftkey Beta has stopped working” continually pops up.

  107. Mauronick says:

    flow and login with google to swiftkey Cloud don’t work
    idea of emoji is very cool
    whether it will be implemented in the next update for sure will purchase the full

  108. Gamer says:

    The beta expires today. What do you do now?

  109. Peter Hälldahl says:

    How can I deactivate emoji? they are terrible, dont work with other apps. cant figure out what they mean.

  110. noobsonli says:

    can the emoji icons be changed to the ones on whatsapp? it gets confusing as some of the emojis look very different!

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