Google’s Gboard keyboard has gained a function that allows you to type text on your cell phone by hand. Starting with the latest version made available for Android on the Google Play Store, the app accepts a method of entering text based on drawings. As the user writes with their fingers or an electronic pen, the keyboard transcribes the scribble in conventional text and allows them to be sent anywhere, as in WhatsApp conversations.
The feature, however, is hidden in the keyboard settings. Next, see the step by step to enable Gboard handwriting and use it on your smartphone.
Gboard has handwriting feature – Photo: Ana Marques / dnetc
Google deleted 700,000 problematic Android apps
Step 1. Open the Gboard keyboard in any text field and tap the Google symbol to expand the menu. Then, tap the three dots icon to see more options.
Access the Gboard options panel – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Touch the gear to access the application settings. Then, go to the “Languages” option.
Access the Gboard language settings – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 3. Tap on “Add Keyboard” and select “Portuguese (Brazil)” at the top of the screen.
Add a new keyboard in Brazilian Portuguese – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Choose the “Handwritten” option at the top and tap “Add”. You will see the new keyboard option next to the traditional QWERTY layout.
Enable the handwriting mode on Gboard – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 5. Go back to the keyboard display and see that there is a new icon next to the space key. This is the shortcut for switching between keyboard layouts. Touch the button to remove the keys and access the handwriting panel.
Transform the keyboard into a handwriting panel – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 6. Draw with your finger or an electronic pen on the screen to write. Gboard takes care of transcribing it into regular text. Then just send normally.
Gboard recognizes drawing and transforms it into text to send anywhere – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves