How to Change Scribble to Keyboard on Apple Watch


The Apple Watch has become an essential part of many users’ daily lives, providing various functions from tracking fitness activities to managing notifications and responding to messages. One of the useful features of the Apple Watch is the ability to scribble or type out responses directly on the watch face. However, some users may prefer to alternate between the scribble and keyboard input methods. In this article, we will guide you step-by-step on how to change from Scribble to keyboard on your Apple Watch.

Steps to Change from Scribble to Keyboard:

1. Make sure your Apple Watch is running watchOS 8 or later, as the full-fledged keyboard is only available in watchOS 8 and later versions.

2. Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to navigate to the home screen with all the apps.

3. Tap on the Messages app icon on your Apple Watch.

4. Select an existing conversation or start a new message by tapping the New Message button in the top right corner.

5. Once you are in a conversation, tap on the text field at the bottom where you would usually Scribble your message.

6. To switch from Scribble to a QWERTY keyboard layout, you will notice a small icon (three horizontal lines with dots) at the bottom-right corner of your text field. Tap this icon.

7. Your Apple Watch will now display a mini QWERTY keyboard that you can use for typing your messages.

8. If you wish to switch back to Scribble input, tap on that same icon again in the bottom-right corner while in typing mode, and it will revert back to Scribble.

Using QuickPath for Faster Typing:

With watchOS 8 and later versions, you can also use QuickPath – a swipe-to-type feature, which allows you to input text by swiping across keys to quickly type without lifting your finger.


Switching between Scribble and the keyboard on your Apple Watch is a straightforward process. Whether you prefer to type or scribble your messages, watchOS 8 and later versions give you the flexibility to choose your preferred input method. Just follow the steps above, and you’ll easily be able to alternate between the two options for efficient communication using your Apple Watch.

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