I love Swype but have a minor gripe with it.

Many times a word will be completely messed up so I hit the backspace key but instead accidentally hit the :-) key.

In almost all programs there will be a return key instead. It appears to only be in the stock messaging application (though it's where I spend most of my time!).

This is extremely annoying, as I never use the built in smileys (I prefer them without the nose, e.g. :)). Is it possible to remove that key and make the backspace key bigger or something similar?

My phone is a rooted Motorola Defy with a stock ROM.

  • I thought this was contextual. Handcent, for example, has a setting that lets you toggle between the smiley button and an enter/return button. Do you see the smiley button everywhere when you type? Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 20:47
  • @eld ah it only affects the stock messaging application. Do I really need to install a different messenger to get this to go away?
    – Earlz
    Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 20:52
  • Hm, I'm certainly not seeing a way to do this in the stock messaging app. That's kind of annoying if so (I turn that button off on Handcent for the same reason). Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 20:58
  • What version of Swype? Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 1:05
  • No answers here, but just wanted to contribute my experience with this, which is that on my Droid3 (OS v2.3.4, NOT rooted; Swype v3.25.91.34494) it seems to depend on who I am texting with. In some (most) cases, the keyboard includes a return key. With certain (few) people, the return key is replaced by the "smiley" key and there is no obvious way to switch that key to the return key. I am using Google Voice (v0.4.2.66) for most of my SMS messages, and where this behavior is observed.
    – user24486
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 17:51

2 Answers 2


That's unfortunately not possible, Swype would need to provide a setting for this, which they don't. You might have more luck with third-party-messaging apps, but I doubt it, as this is a contextual feature that pops up whenever it makes sense for smileys to be inserted.


I have Jelly Bean 4.2.2 on a HTC One S and Swype 1.4 installed. I was ready to go on a shooting spree when I thought I couldn't hit a return button to start a new line!

I opened a SMS thread, tapped Menu > Settings and scrolled all the way down. There is an option at the bottom called Soft keyboard type. Open that and you get --

<> Smiley key

<> Send

<> Enter for a new line

Select the bottom one and you're golden!

This setting will change it for both the stock Android keyboard and Swype.


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