The new swype-style keyboard on my 4.2.1 updated Galaxy Nexus is great. However, when I attempt to express myself more colorfully, the swiping action does not yield the word I would like to write. The word is already in the device dictionary though, so it does not let me add it to the dictionary to be recognized, as I have done with other words. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  • Just had a hunt round myself (also on a 4.2.1 Galaxy Nexus) my "Google Voice Typing" settings does not have "Block Offensive Words" selected. I can type offensive words by tapping the keyboard keys without any problem, I just can't "swipe" them, even if its the exact same word I just tapped out with no problem. Can't see any swipe setting to allow all words.
    – GAThrawn
    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:35

3 Answers 3


I what I will call a workaround for the present, as it is not a simple solution as allowing offensive words in voice typing, but it has the same final affect:

  1. Under Settings, choose Language & Input
  2. Choose Personal Dictionary
  3. Click the plus (+) button in the top right
  4. Enter the "offensive word" under the Phrase and Shortcut spaces
  5. Click the back button (system or top left)
  6. Enjoy your custom swipable profanity
  • You should accept this answer since it's the best and "only" solution I've found that works.
    – slybloty
    Mar 3, 2013 at 4:25
  • I swear! Often! And somebody should make a personal dictionary app preloaded with all the color language you could possibly want. I'd pay for that.
    – Zooks64
    Apr 22, 2013 at 0:01

I have a Nexus 4 from T-Mobile, the Google one, with Android 4.2.2. I've been noticing this same problem, and the fix I found was to go to Settings -> Language and Input -> Then press the settings icon next to the Google Keyboard (English, U.S.) option -> then deselect Block offensive words.

I can now swype swear words, although often times it is not the automatically recognized word, and I have to manually select it from the list of other possibilities that comes up. As for the voice-to-text options, I would suggest trying the same thing (i.e. finding it under Settings and deselecting Block offensive words or some similar option). Hope this helps!

  • Doesn't seem to allow swiping the word directly, but it does offer auto correct options to the intended profanity.. sometimes. Jun 3, 2015 at 0:21

Some keyboards have a kind of "blacklist" for bad/insulting words. Check if you can find that option in Settings → Language & Input, where you should be able to disable it. I know for sure there's such an option for voice input ("Block insults" in Settings → Voice Input & Output → Voice recognizer Settings), but I'm not sure whether that option also applies to keyboard input.

  • 4
    Can confirm that the Voice typing "Block Offensive Words" setting doesn't apply to swiping. I can't find any equivalent for swiping.
    – GAThrawn
    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:36

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