Gboard for iOS gets Morse code to help people with disabilities

Doris Richards
July 13, 2018

Today, Google announced on its blog that iOS Gboard users are finally getting the Morse Code entry method, and the company is also rolling out a set of tools to make learning and integrating Morse Code easier than ever. Finlayson helped Google's team design the keyboard layout and more. Since Morse code only uses two keys (dots and dashes) it's an easy way for people with limited mobility to communicate. "Developing communication tools like this is important, because for many people, it simply makes life livable", she said.

If you want to learn how to use Morse code, Google even created a game to help with that, which can be played on mobile or on desktop.

If you're interested in using Morse code on Gboard be sure to check out this resource page which tells you how to learn Morse, connect an external switch, and much more. That's why Google introduced a Morse Code entry method in Gboard for Android back in May: to give everyone options.

Have you tried out the Morse code feature in Gboard for Android? For this, tap the globe icon and then go to Settings Languages Add language. and now search for Morse Code (US) to add it as an input method to your Gboard.

Android users, on the other hand, need to use US English on devices running Android 5.0 and later to experience Morse code on the latest Gboard app. The study was led by Al Ross, who wrote a grant funding the creation of a Morse code communicator for disabled children. You can also hear sound feed as you enter Morse code on your screen by turning on the Sound on keypress option.

Morse code for Gboard includes settings that allow you to customize your keyboard to fit your needs.

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