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The most important Gboard enhancement you can make on Android


Crack your phalanges and limber up your tendons, my fellow Android-adoring animal: We’re about to make a tiny but tremendously significant change to your Android keyboard setup. I josh you not — I don’t even arnold you, in fact: With a whopping 30 seconds of setup, this quick switcheroo will make you about five times faster at tapping out text on your fancy phone’s screen.

“Why, Mr. Writer Person, how could this possibly save me that much time?” you might be wondering — along with, perhaps, “Mr. Writer Person, what in the world happened to your brain that causes you to have formal conversations with yourself in the middle of keyboard-focused columns?” Well, Jasper, we’ll answer at least one of those questions now. (The other, I’m afraid, can’t be answered without the help of an entire team of highly trained psychoanalysts.)

Google’s Gboard Android keyboard, y’see, is positively overflowing with useful shortcuts and tucked away time-savers. And all of ’em are absolutely awesome. They’re little things that shave seconds off your typing time and really add up over the course of a day.

B-b-b-but: Lots of ’em revolve around the notion of long-pressing buttons on the Gboard keyboard — pressing and holding a particular key down for a second or so, in other words, to reveal some handy function artfully hidden beneath it.

That’s all well and good, but the very act of long-pressing a key in Gboard is anything but optimized for efficiency. By default, you have to press and hold a key for what feels like an eternity (even if it’s actually only a fraction of a second) before its alternate function appears.

And that brings us to the pressing Gboard enhancement we’ve gathered here to go over. Deep within the bowels of Gboard’s virtual innards lies a way to change the length of that long-press delay — the amount of time it takes for a key to register your pressing appendage and shift from its single-press function into its secondary purpose. And cranking that puppy down considerably from its default state will make more of a difference on your smartphone typing speed than just about any other adjustment you could make.

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