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AltKeyboard 2 is a follow-up to the uber-popular A3tweaks release, AltKeyboard. It is perhaps only surpassed in expectation by the brand’s Auxo 2, which released earlier this year to much anticipation.

The rumblings about an iOS 7 compatible version of AltKeyboard have seemingly been around since iOS 7 was first jailbroken, or maybe even before that. Needless to say, AltKeyboard is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks in the community.

It’s understandable why the tweak proves to be so popular. iOS’ stock keyboard is extremely small on the iPhone, and lacks any features like “swyping,” or a 5th row of keys. Because the iPhone has pretty-much maintained its diminutive form factor throughout its lifespan, there’s just not a lot of room for keyboard expansion when it comes to literally increasing the size of the keys or the number of available keys available on screen at once.

With that in mind, AltKeyboard 2 builds on the same formula that made the original release such a success. It adds functionality to the stock keyboard without increasing its size. Have a look at our full walkthrough of AltKeyboard 2 after the jump.

The basic features of AltKeyboard have essentially remained the same. The tweak employs flick-up gestures on the primary and secondary keyboard keys to input alternate characters. For example, swiping up on the ‘Q’ key will input a ‘1’; swiping on the ‘W’ key inputs a ‘2’ and so on.

AltKeyboard 2 01

Having the alternate keyboard ability makes typing more efficient, but AltKeyboard 2 goes the extra mile and crams several new features into the package. For starters, you can now use a flick-down gesture on keys to input a capitalized character. This eliminates the necessity of using the shift key, which could potentially slow you down.

AltKeyboard 2 settings 01

The next big addition that you’ll find in AltKeyboard 2 is the ability to use a feature dubbed “Auxiliary Alts.” Auxiliary Alts allow you to flick up on special modifier keys for extra functionality. For example, you can flick up on the shift key while a word is highlighted to invoke the dictionary pop-up, or you can flick up on the Return key to dismiss autocorrect suggestions.

The most important aspect of the Auxiliary Alts feature is the spacebar key functions. Swiping up on the spacebar key reveals contextual options that allow you to copy, cut, select, select all, and paste text. Again, this is done in a way that allows you to keep your hands within the vicinity of the keyboard, which should, in theory at least, increase typing speed.

ALtKeyboard 2

The final big feature found within AltKeyboard 2 is something called the “Cursor Seeker.” The Cursor seeker allows you to slide from either side of the keyboard to begin moving the cursor. This feature has options for using a new keyboard viewfinder preview, a keyboard loupe preview, a classic loupe preview, or no preview at all. The no preview option makes the Cursor Seeker feature work much like the popular SwipeSelection jailbreak tweak that many people love. It’s not as deep as SwipeSelection, but it provides you with the basic precision cursor movement that iOS lacks.

AltKeyboard 2 features quite a few settings to customize the way the tweak works, including the ability to invert or disable the flick-up or flick-down options, display letters in correlation with current shift state, and to disable various features of Auxiliary Alts.

AltKeyboard Lowercase

If you’re looking for a jailbreak tweak that will almost singlehandedly improve your typing experience on iOS, then look no further. The core tweak—the flick-up and flick-down gestures—are what make AltKeyboard so good, but the new features added to the package make it superior to the original.

If you type a lot on iOS and you’re jailbroken, then AltKeyboard is a must-have tweak that shouldn’t be missed. Sentry didn’t miss a beat, even with a brand new developer, James Long, on board for this version of the ride. It’s available right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $2.99 ($1.99 for owners of the original). Go get it, and report back in the comments with your findings.

  • Merman123

    Awesome! The wait is over!

  • Rak S

    Loved this tweak on ios6!
    One question:
    If I already have SwipeSelectionPro, will this cause any conflict? Should I just delete swipe selection as it appears all of the functionality is duplicated here?

    Thanks.

    • Al

      Your better off uninstalling SwipeSelectionPro. Has same functionality… I had SwipeSelection, and now I uninstalled it.

  • Walter White

    Great tweak, but the cursor seeker killed swipe selection which is kind of a bummer.

    • Rak S

      Is there any functionality in SSPro, that’s not in this tweak?

      • Walter White

        Don’t know…don’t have SSPro, only SS. But I can no longer swipe and select text.

      • ac3xx

        You can hold shift/swipe from shift to select text in AltKeyboard 2.

      • Walter White

        Thanks…didn’t know that…still kinda prefer SS method where I can select with 1 hand

      • Rak S

        So you actually have to keep the shift button held? I thought you could just swipe right, starting from the shift button (or swipe left from the delete button) to highlight text?

      • mickey

        You can select towards the right from shift but cannot select towards the left from delete. You can start the selection process from space or shift then move it with the selectors but that makes it a 2 step process. If they could incorporate select with delete I’d be pretty happy.

  • Abdullah E. D.

    I’ve been waiting for this since the day jailbreak was released!

  • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

    this tweak is a couple of months too late 🙁 i purchased nin keyboard and its pretty amazing 😀 i also think its too pricy for the current users

  • MrDDify

    Really awesome tweak! Was waiting for this! Down side is it doesn’t work with Bloard 🙁 now i will have to use the ugly white keyboard on my black iPhone. Hope this will be fixed soon!

    • soundmanbrad

      Ryan Petrich just released a tweak on his beta repo that might help. I forget what it’s called, but it allows you to choose the keyboard that you want to use.

  • CAS

    I think I prefer the Jormy Keyboard

  • IG: RuskingGonzalez

    Auxo2 funtionality are disabled When my keyboard is up, the left swipe up for quicklauncher and rigth swipe up for close an app doesn’t work, someone with the same problem ?????

    • Onyxus_Music

      It happened to me as well. Dismiss the keyboard and it should work. This is the only way I was able to make Hot Corners work. It’s probably not working because of the shortcuts in AltKeyboard 2.

    • Jamie Tilden

      In settings go Auxiliary Alts > Advanced Options > and then flick off Disable Bottom Edge.

      • Onyxus_Music

        Thank you for that! I just tried it and it worked.

      • IG: RuskingGonzalez

        Thanks!!! It worked!

  • Anmol Malhotra

    I’m having a feeling Apple will improve keyboard in iOS8 and will add quick reply api to iOS ecosystem. I really wish this will come true -_-

  • Jjjjjpp

    In the end of the clip he swipes between the letters like swipeselection, i can’t figure ut how do so when u have altkeyboard enabled.. Any suggestions?

    • Jjjjjpp

      figuerd it out

  • Varun Soi

    Best keyboard tweak ever..Great job good work!

  • queen_ir3ne

    I want to get it but the price is steep and I’m not ready to lose SwipeSelection just yet >.<. Decisions, decisions. I need a test run before I can make the commitment.

    • Abbas

      you don’t have too. swipeselection feature is built-in into altkeyboard. follow the last minute of the video above and it shows how he disables the preview and it starts to function like swipe selection.

  • Diego Milano

    Please add a kill switch for the Cursor Seeker, I like SwipeSelection Pro much better!

    • Rak S

      +1 for that… Toggle should be implemented for those that don’t want the cursor

  • S2k03

    No messagehead review?

  • I was waiting this Jailbreak Tweak for so long… but now my Device already iOS 7.1.1 and Jailbreak Tools not yet available :((

  • Panji

    I dont like this, auxo 2 didnt work when keyboard is open

  • Rak S

    It crashes safari when entering comments here.
    Also crashes when the cut paste menu shows up

  • Matt

    The only keyboard tweak I want is to make the keys bigger. There is so much space wasted. I mean c’mon all I want is bigger keys

  • Pramod Mohandas

    Is this tweak compatible with IOS 7.1b3? Anyone got this working on the same?

    • Jake Rogers

      nope 🙁

      • Pramod Mohandas

        I know. 🙁

  • Hugh Jassol

    Anyone notice an issue with the BACKSPACE key swiping gestures?

    All directions…up, down, left or right, invoke the (Undo/Redo) popup yet the settings panel says “flick up”.

    I hope they fix this because I’ve had the popup appear by mistake on numerous occasions. Also, when I’m typing extremely fast, I’ve found that the overall swiping sensitivity in general is just slightly too sensitive for me (too many false swipes recognized). Hopefully they’ll add a master swiping sensitivity switch.

  • Anuj Bhatia

    Many issues!!

    First, the swiping cursor feature only works in the alphabet keyboard and not on the numeric keyboard.

    Second, the same feature only works if we swipe from the edges of left/right side, unlike swipe selection where swiping from anywhere was possible (like midway through the keyboard).

    Third, again the swipe feature only works on the text visible in the text box. Consider the address bar of the browser. Here we see only a part of the whole text. The swipe feature works only in this part. We have to manually go to the remaining text in the text bar, if we want to edit!

    Lastly, it’s very laggy on my iPhone 4S and crashes a lot in browsers, as others have specified!

    These were my observations! Otherwise it’s a great tweak with loads of functionality!
    Hope the developer looks into it! 🙂

  • JS3

    i just want the cursor thing to have a kill switch as i purchased SSP and would like to use it as well!

    also the “A” key sound click only works about 60-70% of the time for me… not sure whats the deal.

  • Piyush

    Seems like it takes up a lot of ram….iPhone 4s slow after installation.

  • Guest

    Updated to the latest version. Crashed my phone and had me stuck in a boot loop. Had to go in and delete. Not ready for primetime.

  • Snowie0wl

    This won’t work with the old keyboard. That wouldn’t be a big deal except SwipeSelection did work with the old keyboard (and my preferred notes app still uses it) so I might end up uninstalling so I can use my preferred notes program.

  • Sarin Man Shrestha

    Unwilling had to switch to android :/ i really miss this keyboard… guys is there an android version of this? Really need one