Blink Keyboard 1

I am one of a handful of people that did not upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus specifically because of the size. My hands are small and I’ve gotten used to the width of the iPhone 5. I can type and play games with one hand without feeling like I’m having to stretch too far.

Blink Keyboard is a third-party keyboard app that helps iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users that are used to one-handed typing but are having trouble with the larger screen size. The app shifts the keyboard to the left or right so you can reach all the letters.

Using a handful of gesture-based moves, users can switch between keypads, change the color theme, and shift the keyboard slightly to the left or right. You can also split the keyboard in half by pinching outward and access alternative characters by long-pressing on a key.

Blink Keyboard 3

To resize the keyboard, swipe from left or right on the second row. The keys will shrink down just a bit and shift to the left or right about a half inch. This makes it easier for you to reach the keys on the opposite side if you typically type one-handed.

You can also split the keyboard in half so that four or five keys in each row shift to the left and the rest shift to the right. This feature is useful for people that type with two hands and want the convenience of reachability on both sides.

To switch between different keypads, swipe across the first row. You can switch between letters, numbers, and punctuation.

If you only need one number and don’t want to switch the keypad, touch and hold the key to call up alternate characters. For example, the number five is connected to the letter “T.”

The long-press action will also bring up the emoticons. The alternate characters in the first row house the entire selection of emoji symbols.

Blink Keyboard 2

The app does include a decent predictive word suggestion, but does not include auto-correct. I know that auto-correct can be a real pain at times, but it should at least be an option to turn on or off. It also does not give you the option of turning off the keyboard click, which I personally find to be incredibly annoying. I’d like to have the option.

I also noticed that the app is still a bit buggy. The second-row shift feature does not work all of the time. When in split keyboard mode, the keys will sometimes revert back to a normal layout for no reason.

For users struggling with one-handed typing on the larger iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus screen, this may be the keyboard that saves you. Keep in mind that it has a few bugs to work out, but the developer seems to be willing to make updates along the way.

Blink Keyboard is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for free. You can download it in the App Store today.

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  • NP92

    When i Want to unlock themes, it says: social account missing, i do have Facebook on? And the app Got full access?

    • I don’t believe you need to grant full access in order to unlock the themes. However, the themes are unlocked via Twitter, as far as I can tell. You may need to connect your Twitter account to your iOS device.

      • NP92

        No I know just to clear that, but it says. Facebook and twitter..?

      • ShawnTXDFW

        You might want to uninstall then reinstall and see if that helps. Just an idea though.

      • NP92

        I just did it but Stil the same, bugs. Maybe, have you done It?

      • Blink Keyboard

        Hi NP92, sorry you need to use settings -> twitter / facebook to set up social account. Having facebook or twitter installed or logged in does not help 🙂

      • NP92

        Thanks, i did, but i guess i have to do it before i install

  • milann

    i would like to see a keyboard that brings the ipad-like feature to iphones.
    In ipads you just swipe up on a letter resulting the letter with a comma,
    but in the stock keyboard you have to tap on a letter and wait almost 1
    second to pop up the characters list, and then chose the best for your
    liking. (Also this list may contain 4 or more letters, including special
    characters, so you even have to find the one..)
    Writing letters with commas always pain in the ass, i rather just leave them “comma less”..
    This app could support languages like french, czech, hungarian and so on..
    For this basic keyboard app i’d pay 4$ or more..

    • Blink Keyboard

      thanks!

    • Eddie Hines

      If they can make it more like touchpal with the swiping for numbers, this keyboard would be a winner!

      • milann

        Yea, without doubt swipe is the way to go!
        However, access for customizable characters by swiping would be great…

  • diggitydang

    Not bad. I like the slide to one side thing but the predictive text isn’t very good. Then again, it’s not very good in any keyboard.

  • ShawnTXDFW

    Not to shabby for a KB. I like this one the best with the split option being that my hands aren’t very big either. So typing on this iPhone plus can be difficult at times.

    It goes back to a full KB for some reason as if they’re is a glitch. That and I tend to be hitting the comma instead of the space bar when I want to space. If SwiftKey had this option I would gladly pay for it. Overall that’s probably my fav KB out of all 3rd party apps. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what they might have in store. I’m hoping updates for either one!

    • Blink Keyboard

      thanks! update in review to address some of the issues 😉

  • ShawnTXDFW

    On a side note I’m still confused as to why some of the iDB Pages show up in grey/white just out of the blue. What’s the reasoning behind this? I haven’t found an answer yet!

    • Blink Keyboard

      what do you mean?

      • Eni

        I think he is talking out of topic, it was referring to the iDB web page not to the keyboard. anyway i have this problem too sometimes Shaun. and no idea either why it happens

      • ShawnTXDFW

        Yeah. Sorry. It is was off topic. And it is only every now and then. No one has replied so I’m assuming maybe not many with the same problem? Hrmmm. iDB do you have any clue as to why this is happening?

  • Antzboogie

    Sorry the whole point I bought a bigger iPhone was for a bigger keyboard. Why would I want to make smaller. For one hand use is understandable though.

  • Eddie Hines

    its unstable and crashes a lot. I’m taking it off until they can make it more stable

  • Rehny

    Nice concept but a tad too buggy for my 6. Disappears/reappears/disappears/reappears randomly. Deleted/re installed but same issues. Will keep an eye on it for futures as I think it has great potential.

    • Rick Tatham

      I’m having the same problem, blinking on and off.

  • JN

    this keyboard reads all your contacts and predict them, weird and alarming!

    • Blink Keyboard

      Hi, Apple provides API and suggests 3rd party to read contacts’ names and predict. As we do not take their numbers (no way) it’s safe. Also we only know a list of names, not the full names, eg: we know Tylor and Swift, but do not know “Taylor Swift”