How to Change Scribble to Keyboard on Apple Watch


The Apple Watch is a popular and versatile gadget that offers various functionalities, making daily tasks more convenient. One of those functions is the ability to send and receive text messages, which can be done with the help of the “Scribble” feature. Scribble allows users to draw individual characters on their watch’s screen as a way of inputting text. But what if you prefer using a keyboard instead? This article will guide you on how to change from Scribble to a keyboard for a smoother texting experience on your Apple Watch.

Step-by-step Guide:

1. Install a Third-Party Keyboard App:

Unfortunately, at the moment, Apple does not include a native keyboard for the Apple Watch. So, in order to enable a keyboard, you will need to download and install a third-party app. Some popular options include FlickType Keyboard, Shift Keyboard, and WatchKey.

2. Choose A Keyboard App:

– FlickType Keyboard: This app uses large keys and predicts your words based on your inputs, making it faster and more accurate when typing.

– Shift Keyboard: This is another keyboard app that uses flick gestures for typing and is compatible with watchOS 6 or later.

– WatchKey: Known for its quick response time and simple interface, this app provides a full alphanumeric keyboard for your Apple Watch.

Once you’ve chosen an app that suits your preferences, proceed with installing it from the Apple App Store.

3. Enable Permissions:

After installing the keyboard app of your choice, open it on both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Make sure to allow necessary permissions as prompted by the application during set-up.

4. Activate The Keyboard in Messages:

Now that you have successfully installed and set up the third-party keyboard application, open the Messages app on your Apple Watch.

Create a new message or open an existing conversation. When presented with an input area, you should now see your newly-installed third-party keyboard app’s icon. Tap the icon to activate the keyboard and start typing your message.

5. Customize Your Experience:

Many third-party keyboard apps provide additional options for customization in settings such as haptic feedback, auto-correction, prediction and more. Feel free to explore these options within the app settings for an optimal typing experience.


While Apple has yet to introduce a native keyboard for the Apple Watch, third-party applications have stepped up to provide users with alternative text input methods aside from the Scribble function. By following this guide, you can now enjoy a more convenient and efficient way of typing messages on your Apple Watch using a keyboard. Happy texting!