Change Your iPhone’s Keyboard Layout From Qwerty to Dvorak

By , Feb 7, 2012

The Dvorak keyboard layout was patented in 1936 by Dr. August Dvorak (thanks Wikipedia). Proponents of the layout believe that it requires less finger motion than the traditional QWERTY style, allowing you to type faster with fewer errors.

If you happen to be a fan of the Dvorak layout, or would just like to see what it looks like, a new jailbreak tweak has just surfaced in Cydia that will install the keyboard on your iOS 5 device…

Installing Drew Hamilton’s Dvorak Keyboard iOS 5+ tweak is about as easy as it gets. In fact, it’s done automatically once you’ve downloaded the package from Cydia. And the only way to disable it is to delete it.

Hamilton notes that installing this tweak will erase the Russian keyboard, so be aware if that’s something that you use. Otherwise, if you want to check out Dvorak Keyboard iOS 5+, you can find it in the BigBoss repo for free.

Have you tried the Dvorak Keyboard?

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  • Anonymous

    How exactly is it easier using this than Qwerty, I don’t think it is at all, it kinda sucks tbh, Qwerty all the way imo.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not easier, it’s faster but only once you’ve trained yourself to use it. To do that you would have to change your computer keyboard or any other you use to Dvorak. It would give you a brain cramp to keep switching back and forth between the two.
      The Qwerty keyboard was designed for the old typewriters, that would jam when typing quickly. So the most used letters were kept away from eachother to avoid jamming.

    • http://twitter.com/dault2 Derek Ault

      I think that it’s better for computer keyboards because you can type a lot faster once you get the hang of it

  • Marek Ratvaj

    hmm, never heard about it, but it´s free, so I ´ll definetly try it
    also, they could make it possible to change it back to QWERTY anytime in settings

  • Anonymous

    “Oh my God I’m so totally changing it to Dvorak right now” -.-

  • Anonymous

    i always try to look on the positive side and learning to type with two different layouts is like learning another language, frustrating, awkward and slow at first but immensely satisfying once mastered :)

  • Anonymous

    Thank God!!
    Finally!!

    You wouldn’t believe how many carpal tunnel syndromes I had to endure because of the qwerty layout…

  • http://twitter.com/kennybean2 Kenn Jay

    Would be nice to find a keyboard with the back and forward arrows!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1585384895 Reyn Yonashiro

    But…Dvorak is designed for having useful keys in the homerow right under your main fingers. This seems pointless on a thumb-dominant device.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1797043410 Tyler Mick

      Dvorak also increases the likelihood that you will be alternating hands (or in this case, thumbs) with each letter, so it does still help.

  • http://twitter.com/computerschreck computerschreck

    Kind of a Fail, considering iOS offering the Dvorak layout out of the box.. Settings-General-Keyboard-English (scroll all the way down and tap Dvorak) ;)

    • Marek Ratvaj

      that doesn´t work

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1797043410 Tyler Mick

      Notice that that is listed under the “hardware keyboard layouts,” not the “software keyboard layouts.”

  • Anonymous

    looks confusing. why does it erase the russian keyboard in particular?

  • Anonymous

    If Apple can add the two handed Dvorak layout, why can’t they also add the left hand and right hand Dvorak layouts for those of us with only the use of one hand. I wonder if there’s a jailbreak for that!?!

  • Anonymous

    If Apple can add the two handed Dvorak layout, why can’t they also add the left hand and right hand Dvorak layouts for those of us with only the use of one hand. I wonder if there’s a jailbreak for that!?!

  • Craig

    I’m a fast dvorak typist, but found that I couldn’t use this tweak, since I touch type dvorak without looking at the keyboard–looking at the keyboard is the cue that switches my brain back to QWERTY. Looking at the keyboard prevented me from “just knowing” where they keys were, and I couldn’t type on the screen without looking at it.

    Also, on my iPad, it overwrote the US QWERTY keyboard, not the Russian keyboard, meaning the only way to switch back to QWERTY was to uninstall. Bummer.