How to migrate a swype keyboard dictionary to another device (a new one for instance)? When I buy a new phablet I have to collect words over again.

  • @beeshyams to a new device. When I buy a new phablet I have to collect the same words over again.
    – zhekaus
    Mar 30, 2017 at 7:15

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From Swype documentation

Backup and Sync Demo: Register all Devices with Swype Connect • Download the latest build of Swype from the Google Play store

• Open messaging application and long press on the Swype key to open Swype Settings

• Select “My Words”, then select “Register Now” to activate Backup and Sync

•In messaging application input names of friends a few times and select “Add word to Dictionary”

• Long press Swype key to open Swype Settings, select “My Words” and then select “Edit My Dictionary” and you can view your dictionary

•Multi-Device Dictionary Sync •

If using a brand new device without Swype previously installed

• Go to “Android Settings”, “Applications”, “Swype”, and select “Clear Data”

• Open messaging application; walk through the Swype registration process with your device email

• Once activation is complete, go into “Swype Settings,” select “My Words,” and then select “Edit My Dictionary” and you will see that your dictionary has been completely restored

• Go through this process with all your Android devices if desired

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    That's odd. But I can't see backup and sync menu in my swype.
    – zhekaus
    Mar 30, 2017 at 9:40
  • I just re installed Swype and can see backup and sync menu did you forget to register the device? If you don't register, you cannot see. I can see the complete dictionary synced from my previous device
    – beeshyams
    Mar 30, 2017 at 9:51
  • See this i.stack.imgur.com/iac43.png
    – beeshyams
    Mar 30, 2017 at 10:05
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    Nope. I can't an option of device registering. I've got Note4. Probably Samsung has done something with it...
    – zhekaus
    Mar 31, 2017 at 5:02
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    Quite possible. Sammy messes up things
    – beeshyams
    Mar 31, 2017 at 5:16

Since Swype is EOL and no longer supported by its owner, but thankfully still functional, I have found the backup/registration/restore process unreliable. I was able to migrate the app from one device to another fairly easily, but found that the personal dictionary ("word list") is not included in that. The best solution I have come up with is this:

  • "Manually" capture the contents from the old host/source Swype personal dictionary as described here: Bulk word import into Gboard. The Universal Copy tool mentioned there now supports a 'scroll mode' that allows you to capture more than the ~20 entries that fit on the screen at a time from the old list, but its still slow going.
  • Transfer the flat-text list to the new host. I used a Google Keep item to do this.
  • Bulk import the flat-text list to the new Swype installation as described here: Where does swype store the user dictionary?. Caveat: the bulk import process only accepts about 35 entries at a time, so multiple import passes will have to be made, but it works!

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