Swype for Android

If you're rocking the Swype keyboard -- the beta version, not the one that's preinstalled on newer phones -- you likely just got an e-mail telling you it's time to update. Couple of reasons for that: One is that the current beta will expire in a couple of days, and the other is a slew of bugfixes. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Added German and Portuguese languages
  • Added the auto-space suppression short-cut gesture: Swype from the spacebar to backspace
  • Added the quick language switch short-cut gesture: Swype from the Swype Key to the Q key
  • Improved the word prediction algorithm to provide better support for additional languages
  • Improved handling of several gesture collisions, including want/wasn't, to/too and others
  • The Android IME no longer sometimes hangs/crashes when Swype scrapes the user's address book for dictionary entries
  • Tips and help menus now accessible when a password field is active
  • Backspace now works in applications which use raw key input instead of an editable text field (e.g. terminal emulator)
  • The single character "i" is no longer incorrectly auto-capitalized in non-English languages (reported by many of you!)
  • Tons of other minor bug-fixes, including many device-specific issues

Be sure to completely uninstall the keyboard and Swype installer files before installing the new ones. You can download the new version for your phone here (from your phone's browser), read the FAQ here, and get detailed installation instructions here.

So that there's no confusion: If Swype came pre-installed on your phone, stay away from this update. If you registered for the beta on Swype's website, and that's where you initially got Swype, you're good to go.

There are 67 comments

Does this version include voice input support? Hoping the screenshot is just an old one.

k1davis says:

Hey everybody, voice input *IS* available on Swype!! Just press the Menu button on your phone while the Swype keyboard is up. It's right there.

I have the Droid X, which comes with Swype pre-installed. Does anyone know if the beta can be installed over that, and if it is better than the one that comes with the phone?

snppr22 says:

Just tried to install this beta over the version preinstalled... nada.

snppr22 says:

What does this mean for those of us with DXs? Is there an update, and how does it happen?

Any chance this update will finally allow us to delete the stupid stupid stupid words such as 10q, 2moro and 4ever?

Dragoneer says:

You beat me to it! ;)

Fertie says:

@emeraldayotte - Agreed! I really like Skype, but switching to the Android keyboard just to do voice-to-text is a total drag.

It's the only reason that I'm sticking with the stock Evo keyboard.

Fertie says:

I just installed it. Still no voice-to-text. Buggers!

Dragoneer says:

Phil, since Swype comes with the Droid X and there isn't an option that allows me to uninstall it. Isn't Swype for Droid X in beta or is the version already finalized?

snppr22 says:

I can't imagine its finalized on the DX. I had it on the Eris and MotoDroid and there is no difference (that I have found).

Dragoneer says:

Apparently, pre-installed version is finalized.

along with the DX how does this affect us Galaxy S users?

Smokexz says:

Yeah agreed, does this affect us Vibrant users? I already tried and it detected swype but I cannot remove it.

bladerunn3r says:

What about those of us with droid x? Are we going to get an email? Id like to fix the collision problem with want/wasnt. Real annoying. Other than that small gripe- love swype.

Menno says:

So i went to install this, and I keep getting the "Installer expired" error. Yes, I uninstalled first, and I even deleted all the .apk versions of previous installers from my phone, still getting the error.

Doesn't this play nice with CM6 or something?

johnny99 says:

I'm getting the "Swype Installer is expired", too. Right after I just installed the installer. I have stock Froyo.

rahlquist says:

FYI if yorue on captivate and dont have a beta swype login DO NOT DO THIS. I got over excited and have no swype now.

Sounds like some of you found out the hard way. I've update the post above. If Swype's on your phone when you buy it, you don't have the beta.

Dragoneer says:

Thanks Phil. Glad that I didn't proceed with the update.

snppr22 says:

Do we get an update? DX (etc) users have the same bugs.

Dragoneer says:

Perhaps, the latest Swype version could be coming with official Froyo for DX. Verizon and Moto probably have the answer.

rahlquist says:

Rookie writing here recommending EVERYONE do this without doing a bit of research to see who it would screw up first. Thanks guys and since Titanium doesn't back stock apps I am gonna have to roll back to an earlier rom manager backup WTF.

Mr_HD says:

what if i havent registered yet, and i want to get this on my nexus one... i tried to register on the website but it says the beta is closed... ?

DukeHatz says:

I think the only thing you can do is register for them to tell you when it reopens

frunkiss says:

Link not working for me. Says my Incredible is not an Android device.

Blah says:

If you get this error, uninstall both Swype and the installer. Reboot and install the installer and then Swype.

I've had this error before and that fixed it.

DukeHatz says:

Mine said this too but I just had to change my browser settings. My 'user agent' was set to Desktop.

tmitche2 says:

Great did all the uninstall, but when I go to load it says installer is old. I just got it from the site

johnny99 says:

Don't try installing the new Swype until you get the e-mail from Swype or you will be hosed. Discussion on the Swype forum: http://forum.swype.com/showthread.php?1108-Swype-Installer-is-expired.-L....

Blah says:

You can login to beta.swypeinc.com and click the link that resends the email with a link to download the new installer.

johnny99 says:

The Swype forum says there was a problem with the installer configuration for the Motorola Droid only. The problem has now been fixed in their servers. I just tried installing again and it worked OK.

Bigchris says:

That's weird, I just updated following the link in the article and followed the instructions to a tee with no problem. Using it now.. Oh yeah,stock EVO on froyo.

dfine1966 says:

I just went to the Swype site and signed in and it sent me the link. Installed it no problems on my EVO 4G with Froyo. No the voice input is still not there on the new version.

JasonBunting says:

Long-time Swype beta user, I too can't get this installed. SO glad I went through the trouble of uninstalling the previous version only to discover that the new beta doesn't stand a chance of making it past the 'expired' installer. :'(

Hope it gets figured-out soon! (CM6 on Moto Droid)

scot930 says:

So I managed to uninstall it on my Droid X running Froyo (Thanks, Titanium Backup). I haven't rebooted yet, but I can't install the new version since I don't have the email from Swype. I have two Droid X phones (one with some broken buttons, but a working Swype keyboard) I'm going to poke around and see if I can figure anything out.

scot930 says:

Update: I fixed it by using root explorer to copy /system/app/Swype.apk from a working Droid X +Froyo phone to the phone where I uninstalled the app. All you have to do is reinstall and it works.

M0RD3C41 says:

I managed to accidentally delete the swype apk on my rooted droid x while trying to get the update installed. Any chance someone can email me the apk? Thatsborpheus@msn.com

Fertie says:

I too had trouble installing the new version, so I tried re-installing the previous version. I got a message that the previous version had expired, and then I could install the new one. Go figure.

BUNK says:

Went to the Swype site, logged in and had it send me a new email link but whenever I use the link from my EVO the site tells me I'm not on an android phone. Bummer!

BUNK says:

Ok, I figured out why it kept telling me I wasn't on an android phone. You must go into the stock browser settings and make sure you are in "Mobile" mode otherwise their site will not recognize your phone as an android. Did that and all is well.

I couldn't figure out what the problem was until I read your post. Thank you very much for pointing this out.

Ugh, still have the issue where it doesnt work after a re-boot unless I select the HTC keyboard.

So I am typing this right now in swype. Only? Is whether or not you can hide the keyboard after you have opened it.I'm so used to doing that on the stock htc keyboard on my as EVO

BUNK says:

Just use the EVO back key (Hard key - left arrow) and the keyboard will close.

kprz24 says:

can someone let me use their swype email and password every time i put mine in it doesnt work if yes email me it at kprz2424@gmail.com

milrtime83 says:

There was a problem for people with the original Droid/Milestone that appears to be corrected now according to this post.


Cubfan says:

Lame update. I'll pass.

Breedingh8 says:

Worked great for me, N1 2.2 FRG33

Nirvana328 says:

What version is everyone seeing for this update?

chefkeyser says:

1.0.10912 for me.

drathos says: on my Droid after update. IIRC, it was 1.56.something before.

EvanGMan says:

"Improved handling of several gesture collisions, including want/wasn't," THANK YOU!!! The "want/wasn't" thing made me realize how many time the word "want" is used on a daily basis.

Downloaded it manually to my Droid 1 w/Froyo with no problem.

Smokexz says:

Oh okay then lol

sehnsucht says:

Does this break multitouch on Desire like the old version did?

Zindoh says:

New version is draining my battery down pretty fast on my Evo.

ulnek says:

i don't know what they "improved" about prediction but it's gotten worse for me. and it's a little slower

PHADE says:

I Know Everybody Wants The Mic On The Swype Keyboard, But If You Guys Are Using Handcent SMS, The App Comes With A "Speak Option" When You Press The Menu Button.

Of Course It's A Small Work Around JUST For Your Text Messages.

sonejr says:

Can someone please help me, i need an email and a password to download swype beta....pleasee i really want this keyboard, thankyou......sonejr@aol.com

micahsanders says:

someone please help. I had the beta version of SWYPE installed on my EVO and saw that there was an update, so I followed directions to uninstall then reinstall the new version, but when it asked me to sign in I couldn't (I never registered with swype the first time I installed it) SO, does that mean I'm SOL or what?

please advise.

k1davis says:

Hey everybody, voice input *IS* available on Swype!! Just press the Menu button on your phone while the Swype keyboard is up. It's right there.

HCB#AC says:

Swype...downloaded but email/pass is not valid. Anyone able/willing to email one to get Swype Keyboard? bierjunkmail@aol.com THANKS!!

Hey guys, if anybody has a working email and password they don't mind sending me for me to get my update that would be wonderful as I can't get mine for my droid to work. Thanks. miheatplaya25@gmail.com

lithiumrx says:

Hello all. Thanks for the informative comments! I too am in need of a working email and password for the swype beta. Please email me at vanillarice@aol.com. I am having swype withdrawals. Thanks again for helping!

Hello all. Thanks for the informative comments! I too am in need of a working email and password for the swype beta. Please email me at sdwow2000@yahoo.com. I am having swype withdrawals. Thanks again for helping!

Never mind: Found a version at forum.xda-developers.com

apoplectic says:

Missed the updated Swype beta for EVO? No beta account/password? Check out: http://www.evo4gforum.net/htc-evo-4g-apps/swype-for-the-evo-new-version-...

apoplectic says:

Missed the updated Swype beta for EVO? No beta account/password? Check out: http://www.evo4gforum.net/htc-evo-4g-apps/swype-for-the-evo-new-version-...