How To: Type Swear Words with the Swipe-to-Type Keyboard in iOS 13

Type Swear Words with the Swipe-to-Type Keyboard in iOS 13

The iPhone's autocorrect feature is wonderful and convenient, but it doesn't always work with informal language — like profanity. If you've ever used the f-word, there's a good chance you've had your curse words "corrected" to other words that don't ducking make sense. And with the release of iOS 13, cursing in your messages and on social media could get a little harder.

One of the many new features coming to iOS 13 is the new swipe keyboard. It makes typing faster, but unfortunately also makes it harder to curse. When you type in a curse word, you can usually see it in the autocorrect panel above the keyboard. However, with gesture typing, you can't. If you attempt to swipe in the f-word, you'll get words like duck, sick, dick, or dock — but not the actual f-word. Luckily, you can use a quick tip to curse with the slide-to-type keyboard on iOS 13.

Step 1: Use the Swipe-to-Type Keyboard

Before we get into the tip, try out the swipe-to-text feature to enter in curse words. Swipe around and see which words appear in the autocorrect panel instead.

For the word shit, the three words that appear in the autocorrect panel include shut, shout, and shoot, but you may see different ones depending on which words you use more. Unfortunately, no matter how much you try, you'll never be able to type in any curse word with swipe-to-type ... unless you use text replacement.

Step 2: Use Text Replacement

The text replacement feature on iOS allows you to quickly enter email addresses, long words, and more without typing it all in. For example, iOS automatically transforms "omw" into "On my way!" However, you can also use this feature to force autocorrect to show words that it usually doesn't show ... like swear words.

To access the text replacement feature, open the Settings application and go into the General page. Next, tap on "Keyboard" and then go into "Text Replacement."

Add a curse word into text replacement by tapping on the plus sign in the top-right. Enter the swear into the Phrase box and leave the Shortcut box empty. Finally, hit "Save." Continue doing this until you've entered every swear word you use (which could take a while).

Step 3: Go Back to the Swipe-to-Type Keyboard

Now when you use the gesture keyboard to swipe out a swear, you'll see your curse word on the far left box of the autocorrect panel above the keyboard. Tap on it to enter it into the text field and also to teach the keyword that you mean to type in the curse word, and not other words.

After tapping on the curse word in the autocorrect panel a few times, it will automatically appear in the text field. It won't work every time, but it's a decent workaround to Apple's seeming distaste of bad words.

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