How to use the keyboard on the BlackBerry Z30

By James Richardson on 18 Oct 2013 05:57 am EDT
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One of the best things on a touch screen BlackBerry 10 handset has to be the typing experience and things are certainly no different on the BlackBerry Z30. In fact, due to its extra screen size typing is even easier compared to the BlackBerry Z10. If you are thinking of picking up the Z30 this quick 'how to' demonstration may well help make up your mind. We already know that having a BlackBerry is the best communication device out there and with the BB10 keyboard it makes typing so much easier - both with one hand or two. 

The beauty of the BlackBerry Z30 keyboard is its intelligence. It learns from you - believe it or not. Once you have typed a word two or three times the device remembers and as you type you will see that word pop up on the next letter of that word on the keyboard. From here you can just perform an upwards swipe and the word falls into place in the message you are writing. There isn't any predictive text that comes close!

I'll be honest and say that I don't tend to use this feature when I am typing with two thumbs (unless I forget how to spell a word) however, for one handed typing it really makes life easier by reducing the number of key strokes you need to make. 

The above is without doubt the best feature of the Z30 keyboard but there are several other tips that will come in handy:

  • To remove the keyboard from the screen perform a downwards swipe with two fingers/thumbs or hold the space bar. 
  • Hold down the microphone icon to perform voice dictation
  • To delete one word swipe to the left.
  • To delete two words at a time use two fingers to swipe to the left. 
  • To access more icons tap the '?123' key at the bottom left of the keyboard or just perform a downwards swipe. 
  • If a word appears underlined in red you can tap the word and select 'Add to Dictionary'. 

The proof is in the pudding with the Z30 keyboard. If we can't convince you - head on down to your local store and see if you can test it out. You'll be pleasantly surprised. 

Reader comments

How to use the keyboard on the BlackBerry Z30

54 Comments

All in all pretty much the best typing experience on any smartphone

Sent from my BlackBerry - remember me!

I find that holding it "like a BlackBerry" with two thumbs is the most efficient way to swipe your way to sentences. I can't wait to try it on the wider Z30.

Posted via CB10

Some are going to be coming from another platform with no BB experience, especially BB10 experience. This guide is helpful. Don't like it, keep moving.
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the Z30.

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I don't like that I need two fingers to swipe to show the keyboard. The way from the playbook is much better... don't know... maybe the one, that makes this decision loves mushrooms...

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If you only needed one finger to swipe the keyboard from the bezel then it would be impossible to exit apps...

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The Playbook is the same, swipe up to minimize an app. To get the keyboard it's one finger from a corner on a 45* angle.

I this this option should exist also, not a fan of the two finger method for getting the keyboard

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You can exit the keyboard with one finger by holding the space bar.

@marc_lepage developer of Alpha Memory and NeverMaze

More people need to know about the power of the BlackBerry OS 10 keyboard. Its ages ahead of those other unnamed ones.

Posted from my awesome Z10 STL100-1/10.2.0.1791

Unfortunately the unnamed ones are not reading this site. Actually if most Os7 users read and switched to BB10, blackberry would probably not be in the position they are today.. it is the best keyboard, but no one cares

also if you just hold the space bar down the keyboard disappears. And also swipe down to change to numbers or if you need to add a symbol.

Also: you don't have to tap symbol then a letter, you can just swipe from symbol directly to a letter, in one motion. Same for shift. However, an even quicker way to shift a letter is just to hold down the letter for a second.

@marc_lepage developer of Alpha Memory and NeverMaze

I absolutely love typing on my Z10. I recently tried the Z30 and it's even better. Now I want a Z30 and am considering buying out my Rogers contract to to get it(and switching to Bell).

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Absolutely the best keyboard experience. Even more so when you need to write in two different languages. Suggestions will adapt automatically...this is brilliant. You save so much time undoing the auto corrections.

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You can also do three words delete by swiping left with three fingers. I found it hard to do on the Zed10, but with the extra space on Zed30 it's much easier to do.

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What about a tutorial for side loading on the z30

I understand it is the same process as the z10, but in the case of the z30, people's software and os should at least be similar to each others since it is a new phone and the different runtimes etc won't impact what does or doesn't work

Can Crackberry.com make an official thread on the easiest method to side load?

Sent from my sweet-ass Z30

Great idea Steve. I have been meaning to try to side loading lately. A CrackBerry video would be awesome.

Also if you take a week to commit to the swipe typing, it gets better every day. If you don't and just type, the auto correct is phenomenal. You don't even have to get half of the letters right in a word and it figures out the correct word. You can really fly with this keyboard.

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Sachesi supports drag and drop sideloading. Not the prettiest UI but the most powerful, especially for installing components from leaked OSs.

Posted via Z10 on the best touchscreen keyboard.

Ha! Been using the z10 for months and didn't know about the two fingers swiping to remove the keyboard and delete two words!

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Never knew about the three finger swiping to remove three words that's really cool nice

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Was thinking the same, the corner swipe was pretty convenient. Even the option to swipe from the top right corner to bring up the time etc was neat as well.

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Swiping down on the smilley face also gets rid of the keyboard

Sent from my BlackBerry - remember me!

This device is the best smartphone phone I've ever had the pleasure of owning.

Posted Via my Z-30

To all the naysayers of these how to articles, ignore if it doesn't apply. Some people are new to the platform and it's good info to have.

Posted via BlackBerry Z10

Better speaker systems, better battery life, better super AMOLED (but not for some users who prefer LCD), beautiful hardware design, better material, and better typing experience. Any suggestion for the "new" features?

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I love my Z10 keyboard so much that I'd still choose respond to emails on my phone even when I'm sitting in front of my desktop computer. It's that good!!! Can't wait to get my hands on a Z30. I'm not gonna switch to any other platform.

Posted from my awesome Z10 STL100-1/10.2.0.1791

Wow have had my Z10 a few months and just learned a couple keyboard tips.

Posted With My Z10 or PB

I don't get it..
What's the point of all these "How to" with the Z30?
It's pretty much the same things we already know how to do in the Z10.
What's next? "How to make phone calls with the Z30"?

it's to fill a cap between the users going from a Z10 to a Z30 and the people who, with the Z30, is their first experience with BB10. not everyone started with the Z10 or Q5 so, it's good for the (completely new) newcomers.

I was thinking the same thing for the longest time, actually, to be honest. but it does make sense to write these tutorials.

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Otherwise, new Z30 or Z10 owners would have to sift back to blog posts from January or February to find the original BlackBerry 10 keyboard tutorials.

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I have to say that over the years I have used many forms of data entry on my handheld devices. From the ancient 9 key-multiple letter method to the Palm stylus method to BlackBerry dedicated keyboard to the iOS virtual keyboard, to the PlayBook virtual keyboard, I can say that the BlackBerry10 virtual keyboard with predictive text is FAR AND AWAY THE BEST and most accurate typing system I have used. Honestly all you have to do is use it for a day or so and you WILL be hooked. I find it better than my computer keyboard.

I moved from android based Samsung s3 to z30. The keypad on this baby is the best period. I have used Samsung keypad, Google, SwiftKey etc etc.

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These articles are not sad! Already some people here have found out some features they didn't know the keyboard had on the Z10.
Don't be negative.

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I think that if other OS users knew how amazing the BB10 keyboard was, especially for text (and texting is big, yes? ), email, and so on, I like to think they would seriously want to think about getting get a Z10, or Z30.

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