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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Text Input Methods/Options [Basic Guide]

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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There are two main options available for you to type or enter text on the Galaxy Note 4, using either the touchscreen QWERTY keyboard or by speaking your text inputs.

Generally, you can enter texts/commands on Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in a number of ways. You may use Google Voice Typing, Samsung Keyboard, Swype and other text input methods offered.

And this article will walk you through using each of these methods and options available for entering text on the Note 4 device.

A. Text Input Methods


As we've mentioned earlier, there are several text input methods available on the Galaxy Note 4 including Samsung keyboard, Swype and Google voice typing.

The Samsung keyboard will let you enter text by tapping keys on a virtual QWERTY keyboard. The Samsung keyboard integrates an optional feature  called predictive text, which matches your key touches to common words. It's like when you type in keyword on Google's search bar, when you will be prompted with matching keywords for you to select or insert it into your text.

Swype, on the other hand allows you to enter words by swiping acroos the virtual QWERTY keyboard on the phone. So instead of tapping each key, you will just use your finger to trace over each letter of a word, or tap letters to enter words/phrases.

Another method is through Google voice typing, which will let you speak your entries.

How to change or use a text input method


To set a default text input method, all you need is to configure the Settings or set it ON at any time while entering text.

Follow these steps to select a default text input method on your Note 4:

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Select Language and input.
4. Tap Default.
5. Select a default entry method you like.

Alternately, you can select a text input method while entering text. Just follow these steps:

1. Drag down from the top of the screen where you can enter text, to open the Notification Panel.
2. Tap Choose input method.
3. Select a text entry method you prefer to use.

A. Using Google Voice Typing Feature


Google Voice Typing utilizes Google voice recognition system to convert your spoken words into text. It's among the available text input methods you can use on the Note 4 device. Follow these steps to enable or use Google Voice Typing to enter text on your new Galaxy Note device:

1. Open the notification panel by dragging down from the top of the screen where you can enter text.
2. Tap Choose input method.
3. Select Google voice typing.
4. Speak into the  microphone. You should then see your text being entered onscreen as you speak.

If the text you said or entered is incorrect, then simply tap the backspace key to erase the text.

5. Tap Done, when your finished entering your text. The onscreen keyboard will now display.

If you use Google Voice typing as your text input method, you can choose a language from the menu located at the top of the Speak now area.

To assign or set a new language via the Google voice typing menu, just tap Add more languages.

Here's more on configuring Google Voice Typing options on the Galaxy Note 4:

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Select Language and input.
4. Tap the Settings icon (wheel-like icon) next to Google voice typing.
5. Make necessary changes on the settings as you desire.

B. Using Samsung Keyboard


An easier way to enter text, symbols and numbers on the Note 4 is through Samsung Keyboard. Follow these steps to use Samsung Keyboard to enter text on your new Note device:

1. Open the notification panel by dragging down from the top of the screen where you can enter text.
2. Tap Choose input method.
3. Select Samsung keyboard.

To enter text, just tap the appropriate keys. Among the available options you can use while entering text with Samsung Keyboard are as follow:


  • Backspace. Tap on this key to delete or erase incorrect characters. To delete a whole word or field, just touch and hold this key.
  • Arrow up. Tap on this key to change the case of the text. You will see the arrow appears blue when the key is touched. To switch to all capital letters, tap this key twice and you will see the key will turn blue.
  • Symbols key. Tap on this (Sym) key to switch to a symbols keyboard and enter symbols using any of the two symbol keyboards available.


If you have selected more than one language in Samsung keyboard settings, just swipe your finger over the Space Bar (language) key to switch between languages.

If you want to switch to Google Voice typing to enter text by speaking, tap the Google Voice icon (microphone icon).

To set/configure Samsung Keyboard as default input method on your Galaxy Note 4, follow these steps:

1. Tap Apps from any Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Tap Language and input.
4. Tap the Settings icon (wheel-like icon) next to Samsung keyboard.

C. Using Swype


Another option you can use to enter text on your Galaxy Note 4 is through Swype. This feature allows you to enter words by tracing over the letters on the virtual QWERTY keyboard. So instead of tapping each key, you can just use your finger to trace over each letter of a word or tap letters to enter words.

With Swype, you can use the next-letter prediction and regional error correction features to compensate for tapping the wrong keys on the virtual QWERTY keyboards.

Follow these steps to set/configure Swype to enter text on your Note 4 device:

1. Open the notification panel by dragging down from the top of the screen where you can enter text.
2. Tap Choose input method.
3. Select Swype.

4. Now swipe your finger continuously over the letters to form a word. You should then see the words matching your pattern shows at the top of the Swype keyboard as you swipe over letters. You can tap a word at the top of the keyboard or tap a word at the top of the keyboard to enter a word.

5. Use any of the following options while entering text via Swype:


  • Backspace. Lets you delete a single character by tapping on the key. To delete an entire word or field, touch and hold the Backspace key.
  • Arrow up. Lets you start a word with a capital letter by tapping on the key. To enter all caps, tap this key twice.


Note: Swype starts with a capital at the beginning of text by default.

To switch to a symbols keyboard, just tap on the Number (?123) key, and then tap keys to enter symbols.

Here's how to configure Swype on Note 4:

1. Tap Apps from a Home screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Select Language and input.
4. Tap on the Settings (wheel-like) icon next to Swype.

And that would be all for this guide. A more detailed guide on each of these text input methods with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be provided soon in this site, so please keep posted.



 

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