iOS 14 and my FlickType full screen workarounds was RE: Full screen versus non full screen mode: - was - RE: [FlickType] App Not Working In 3rd Party


Hi Joe,

I'll post again what I'm doing to successfully use the latest beta version of FlickType in full screen mode on my iPhone SE 2020 running iOS 14.3. First, let me say that FlickType on iOS 14.3 has the following two problems that I consistently experience:

1. When I begin text entry for example with the Messages app, my default on screen keyboard is US English. . I typically place focus in the text box and double tap to bring up the on screen US English keyboard. I then place my finger on the spacebar in the bottom middle of the screen and slide left past the dictate button until focus is on the next keyboard button. If FlickType is announced as the next keyboard, I should be able to double tap anywhere on the screen to open my FlickType keyboard in full screen mode. However, this does not happen normally. I've been unable to trust the next keyboard that Voiceover speaks as what will open. Instead, when the next keyboard button has focus, I double tap and hold on the screen and slide my finger up until FlickType is spoken and then I release. FlickType will always open in full screen mode when I use this method.

2. In later iOS 13 versions, FlickType would automatically launch in direct touch mode and work as it's supposed to. This is not the case with iOS 14 at least not with my system. I realize these devices have gotten extremely powerful with a wealth of settings that can vary greatly among devices which can affect our results. However, I believe FlickType and iOS 14 have some incompatibility issue which requires users to turn direct touch on in order for FlickType to work correctly, If this is not done, typing with the FlickType keyboard does not work for me and I also can't close the keyboard or switch to a different keyboard. Read below for the steps I use to work around this issue with the minimum number of gestures.

Here is what I do when I'm typing a text message to successfully use FlickType in full screen mode with the least number of gestures:

1. I double tap in the Messages text box to open the on screen US English keyboard which is my default.

2. I place focus in the bottom middle of the screen on the spacebar and slide to the left until the next keyboard button has focus.

3. I single finger double tap and hold and slide my finger up until I hear FlickType and then release.

4. The FlickType keyboard opens in full screen mode.

5. I place my finger in the bottom left corner of the screen where I hear FlickType.

6. I do one rotor clockwise gesture. I do a counter clockwise rotor gesture until I hear direct touch which is usually after only one time. I single finger swipe down once and Voiceover says on.

7. FlickType now types as it should and as it always did under iOS 13.2 or so without all of these direct touch shenanigans.

8. I single finger slide up and hold to close FlickType and return to my default US English keyboard.

I hope the above makes sense to others and works for you as it does for me. Hopefully, one of the upcoming iOS versions will return FlickType functioning to how it used to at the end of iOS 13.

Alan Lemly

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Joe Orozco
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2021 3:00 PM
Subject: Re: Full screen versus non full screen mode: - was - RE: [FlickType] App Not Working In 3rd Party

Wait, is this why I struggle to dismiss Flicktype when I no longer need it? Somoetimes the Flicktype gets into this space where I can neither type in it nor dismiss it from my screen. Thanks for bringing this up, about the different modes, and thanks in advance for any tips to get rid of it from the screen.--Joe

On 1/4/21, Alan Lemly < <mailto:walemly@...> walemly@...> wrote:

Hi Pete,
I've pretty much used Flicktype in the full screen mode since
originally that was the only mode available. I have used the keyboard
mode but I find full screen more convenient with my bit of remaining
vision. And I've finally mastered its iOS 14 quirks and can
consistently turn on direct touch with a minimum of gestures.
Alan Lemly
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From: <> < <>> on behalf
of Peter Torpey < <mailto:ptorpey00@...> ptorpey00@...>
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 2:34:55 PM
To: <> < <>>
Subject: Full screen versus non full screen mode: - was - RE:
[FlickType] App Not Working In 3rd Party
Just wondering if most people use Flicktype in the full screen mode or
in the normal mode. Is the performance or useability more robust in
one mode than another? I have never used the full screen mode and
sometimes run into issues with the normal mode, especially with having
to constantly switch to direct touch mode and sometimes not being able
to get to certain items in the messages app.
-----Original Message-----
From: <> < <>> On Behalf
Of Eileen Misrahi
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 11:02 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [FlickType] App Not Working In 3rd Party
Hi Alan,
Thanks. That seemed to work this time. I did try that method prior,
but it didn't at the time.
Best,Eileent from my iPhone

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