How to Change Scribble to Keyboard on Apple Watch

Type instead of drawing on your watch

What to Know

  • You cannot disable Scribble on Apple Watch, but you can install a keyboard app to use instead.
  • FlickType offers letter, number, and symbol keyboards along with a swipe-to-type option.
  • WatchKey offers letters, numbers, and short text as well as a variety of font styles.

This article explains how to use a keyboard on your Apple Watch instead of Scribble. While this currently requires you to install a third-party app on your Watch, there are a couple of free keyboards that work great.

Use FlickType on Apple Watch

Once you install FlickType for Apple Watch, open the app on your Watch and give it a try.

  1. Type your message using the keyboard. If you want to use numbers or symbols, tap the plus sign on the lower left side and pick one of those keyboards. To switch back, tap ABC. Use the the arrow on the bottom right to backspace.

  2. When you finish typing your message, tap Send on the top left.

    FlickType keyboard on Apple Watch.
  3. A new text message window will open with your message populated. Complete the process by selecting a contact at the top and then send the message on its way.

FlickType Features

FlickType offers some terrific features and settings. Open the app on your iPhone, make sure Watch Keyboard is selected at the top, and tap the gear icon to open the settings.

  • Choose a Theme to give the keyboard a different color.
  • Enable Auto-Correction for mistakes. 
  • Turn on Slide to Type for a nifty swipe keyboard.
  • Create a Custom Dictionary for specific words you type often.
  • Select your favorite contact for quicker message sending.

Tap Done when you finish, and your changes will apply to the app on your Apple Watch immediately.

FlickType's settings and options.

Use WatchKey on Apple Watch

After you install WatchKey for Apple Watch, open it on your Apple Watch and get ready to type. If you see an ad for the premium version that you want to dismiss for the moment, tap the X on the top left of it.

  1. Type your message using the keyboard. Tap 123 for the numeric keyboard and ABC to return to letters. Use the arrow on the top left for a caps lock and the X on the top right to backspace.

  2. When you complete your message, tap Send on the bottom right.

    WatchKey app keyboard on Apple Watch.
  3. A new text message window will open with your message ready to go. Finish by selecting a contact at the top and then send the message.

WatchKey Features

Like FlickType, WatchKey has several settings you can adjust and features you can check out. Open the app on your iPhone to view the following options.

  • Watch a helpful tutorial with tips on the Home tab.
  • Add Short Text as abbreviations for full text.
  • Choose a different Font with over 60 styles.
  • Access assistance with FAQs using the gear icon.

You can simply close the app when you finish. Any changes will apply to the app on your Apple Watch instantly.

WatchKey features and options.

Scribble is a nice feature for drawing letters, but it’s not for everyone. If you prefer to type your text messages on Apple Watch, hopefully one of these keyboard apps is one you’ll love.

  • Where is the keyboard on an Apple Watch?

    The Apple Watch doesn't come with a built-in keyboard. You can use the Scribble feature or Siri to send emails and text on your Apple Watch. To text a contact, press the digital crown on your watch to wake Siri > say "Text Contact_Name" and tell Siri what you'd like the message to be.

  • How do I install a keyboard onto my Apple Watch?

    Use a third-party app such as FlickType, Shift Keyboard, or WatchKey to install a full keyboard onto your device. Access the App Store according to your WatchOS version. Select the digital crown > App Store > download arrow or open the Watch app on your iPhone and select Available Apps > Install.

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