I've got a Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-I9100 running Android 2.3.5.

I love the "Swype" keyboard except I really want arrow keys. Is there please a way to add them or switch them on?

I know I can tap the text entry box and a little pointer appears, but that's just not usable. Often, the vertical bar is always several characters off from where I drag the pointer to. If I want to insert text somewhere outside the visible area, its near impossible to get it to scroll to the right point.

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The version of Swype pre-loaded on most Gingerbread Galaxy S's does have arrow keys built in.

Swipe your finger across from the Swype button in the bottom left corner of the keyboard to the SYM button alongside it, and you should see the cursor control screen instead.

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Just tap the ABC button to get back to the normal keyboard.

(the other useful extra keyboard you can get is a proper num pad by swiping from the Swype key to the F key in middle of the keyboard).

  • +1 for another Swype feature I hadn't noticed. Works on my Droid Bionic (2.3 Gingerbread) and Transformer Prime (4.0.3 ICS).
    – TomG
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 2:24
  • Yes yes yes! Thank you. Exactly what I was looking for without having to download anything new. Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 19:45
  • Really great...
    – iOS
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:26
  • As of today this still works but the "sym" key is now a "1234" key and pageUp, pageDn, Home, End have been removed. With Android in general, I wish there was a way to define my own keys more easily. Also I think the Android volume rocker should switch keyboards. And rolling back to older versions (like Hacker's Keyboard allows) should be easier :-/
    – Jay Brunet
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 19:38

Following keyboard apps have arrow keys:

Simply install them.

Hacker's Keyboard is not liked on smartphones due to its small buttons, but as you are on tablet, I'd recommend it to you. It has all keys found on a PC's physical keyboard (including even Control, Alt etc keys). Take a look of it: Hacker's Keyboard

Use Go Keyboard if you want style. It supports more layouts, themes and languages. It supports swipe-based input, too.

  • Go Keyboard is my primary keyboard. But, when I use Connect Bot to access my remote servers, I switch to Hacker's Keyboard.
    – iOS
    Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 6:19
  • I love Hacker's keyboard especially because it does show arrow keys along side characters just like out normal PC keyboard. Other keyboard apps unnecessarily replaces character keyboard with arrow keyboard, so I need to jump between two different keyboards if I have to constantly use characters and arrows together. What now I am missing in Hacker keyboard is swype. Is it possible to have swype on Hacker's keyboard? Or is there any other app which provides charachters+arrows+swype on same screen together? Also Go Pad plugin is not for phones so no way to get arrows with Go on phone?
    – Mahesha999
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 8:32
  • @PJBrunet You can select text using shift + arrow keys using hacker's keyboard
    – Spikatrix
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 8:18

Current version of Swype (as of this writing) doesn't have the arrow keys feature. I would suggest putting in a feature request on Swype forums.

With that said, there are many alternative keyboard apps on the Google Play Store with the arrow keys built in.

  • Arrows are back in latest version. I'm using it now in Android 4.4.2
    – Jay Brunet
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 19:50

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