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How to Install Swype Keyboard on iPhone and iPad

Swype is just not a perk confined to Android. iPhone and iPad users are now able to enjoy Swype on their touch devices. As most of you will be guessing what Swype is. Swype is a typing utility that allows you to type rapidly, letting you skip tapping and running through the keys in a one go, without the need to tap each key one by one. Swype basically predicts the word on the route you take for your finger swipe through its patented sliding and recognition system, but can be wrong at times too, but accuracy overall has been improved a lot in the latest version.

Unfortunately, Swype, though the name may be big, is not available officially via App Store. Like other iOS hack, Swype is coming through the ModMyi repository on Cydia and thus, you need to have your device jailbroken for it to work.

How to Install Swype using Cydia

So how you install Swype on your iOS device? Getting Swype installed on your iPhone or iPad is pretty easy.

  1. Launch Cydia and navigate to “Sources”.
  2. Add the source http://wynd.x10.mx/repo and wait for it to get the packages.
  3. Search for iSwipe and install it.
  4. iSwipe in Cydia

  5. You get Swype on your Device as soon as the installation completes. Just launch Notes to have a quick test.
  6. Swype on iPad

Note that the current beta version is only compatible with Apple’s stock firmware apps, text messaging, mail for instance and not the App Store/Cydia apps, but the next update is supposed to make it work with a broader app pool, while iOS developer, Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) is working on Swype’s next release. Below is a video that’ll give you an instant idea of Swype for iOS:

To have Swype working, as we mentioned earlier, you need a jailbroken iDevice. If you’re using any iOS 5 beta, you can follow our jailbreak guide here, or if you’re using iOS 4.3.3, follow the JailbreakMe guide here or simply find a guide yourself in our Jailbreak section.

About Farrukh Zafar

Farrukh Zafar is the inside-out gadget guy at Simonblog. You can always reach him at Twitter.com/fariZafar

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56 Responses to How to Install Swype Keyboard on iPhone and iPad

  1. Nura July 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Good day Simon
    I tried to add the source http://wynd.x10.mx/repo in Curia on my iPad1 and I keep getting verification error, how do I solve it?

    • Simon Ng July 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      Just re-launch cydia and try to add the source again. Let me know if it works.

  2. 3py0n July 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I just tried it as well and still a verification error :(

    And no updates from Andrew Liu (dev) as well on his Twitter…I’m assuming the Official Swype people shut it down? :S

    • Mrs Thompson July 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      I get the same notification error!! It really frustrates me because h love androids swype and I wish that I can get it on my iPod!! :(

  3. Jasper July 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    I installed on my iPad 1 with no problem. However, the swype is not really working. It will backspace one alphabet/space by itself every time I type a new word. Is this a known bug?

    • Simon Ng July 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

      Which app did you use to test out Swype? Presently it only supports some built-in apps like Notes, Mail, etc.

      • Amir September 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

        I had the same problem as Jasper below – the last letter of every word was deleted. How do I fix this? Thanking in anticipation.

  4. Jasper July 22, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    When I tested it out using Notes typing “Silver Fox Jumping” it appeared as “Silve Fo Jumpin”. In other programs it appeared as “SilveFoJumpin” with no space.

    I installed iSwipe on my iphone and it works flawlessly.

    I don’t install 5-row keyboard on my ipad 1 if this help.

  5. Mr.Nobody August 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Cannot install source on iPad 2 3G jailbroke by Jailbreakme.com 4.3.3. Everytime i try the source, it says some GPG issues and i cannot find iSwype please help. I installed it on my iphone 3 GS and it works wonderfully. Wished it would use the phones auto correction instead of its own.

  6. Joenoel August 20, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    Says gmc verification problem and few other problems like “sub …. ”
    Two yellow errors and two red errors. 3GS. Then after I cannot find iswype

  7. Monicoj August 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    WyndWarrior has new repo:
    http://cydia.myrepospace.com/wyndwarrior
    You can follow him on Twitter.
    BTW Swipe works pretty well.

    • Sorkai September 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Thanks so much dude. I’ve been looking for this since the begining of august. checked his twitter too but it was inactive no updates in the longest.

    • saul July 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      thanks bro!!!!!!!!!

  8. Ed September 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Great post,very enjoyable read,and I agree with most of what you say,and by the way,here is a great info about iPhone Dev Secrets

  9. Julio September 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Any news about other languages availability?. Ty.

  10. Russell October 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    I understand you can open notes and use swype. However, can you use swype to compose and send SMS text?

  11. Sami November 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    The repo didnt work on my ipod touch (4g White 32 GB ios 5)

  12. Jude November 20, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    Based on this, I would not come to your site for information. You dont appear to have ever used swype. What you describe as ‘ typos’ are exactly what swype nearly eliminates-you don’t have to be exact as your finger quickly swypes back & forth- the program’s predictability function is amazing, and I can usually get words I’m not sure of spelling for just by approximating.
    You did THREE words! And said it’s about not lifting your finger. It’s so much more. You would be better off only posting genuinely informed and helpful stuff- that’s how you build a following.

  13. max December 19, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    omg i did this more then 4 times and it kept failing! -__-
    heelllppp?

  14. cob February 29, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Tried it on iOS 5 – very poor implementation.

    Just buy a droid – swype works flawlessly with ANY app that invokes the keyboard on android.

    (another reason my iPhone 4G sits in my desk drawer – it is too much work to do fun stuff)

  15. rob March 10, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    I know a better way to enjoy swype.. GET AN ANDROID!

    • Mark May 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Swype is the best for sure. I look for an excuse to use my GSII to send an email. I can type faster and more accurately with swype than I can on a standard computer keyboard. I’m typing this on an iPad and I am now remembering how bad touch keyboards are without swype. Us droid users are really spoiled :P

  16. Ramachandran March 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    I regret installing swype on my iphone4s.
    I only see images and nothing more.
    It appears that you have Swiped my money
    and I demand for a full refund.
    NEXT TIME TEST YOUR SOFTWARE BEFORE ADVERTISING IT!

    • Mark May 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Switch to android. Swype is free, comes pre-installed on most devices and works perfectly.

    • jonathan August 7, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      you know all the apps on cydia can be downloaded free if you add other sources, just like iSwype.

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      Translation faults engine context happy not clear meaning wtf?

  18. icon pack September 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Bravo, this excellent idea is necessary just by the way

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  19. Ebby November 15, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Any plans to get this working on the new iPad 4 and iPad mini?

    I’m considering getting the iPad 4 but I don’t want to have to be typing character by character.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks

  20. gilosnis December 17, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Es lo que me pasa a mi, a ver si aqui encuentro la solucion
    Gracias amigo.

  21. Midwayweese January 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Good day guys! How have you been immediately?

  22. Tiffany March 5, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    This doesnt work anymore :(

  23. Ric April 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Girt thuyas asp from a different soiree. Outs abvolt houris

    TRANSLATION: Got this app from a different source. It’s absolutely horrible.

    • muhammad anas July 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      can u tell me the source plzzzzzzzzz

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