Yesterday, Google announced that a Morse Code keyboard was coming to the Gboard app for iOS while improvements to the keyboard were made to the Android version. The idea behind the keyboard came from Tania Finlayson, a developer who also has cerebral palsy. The disease essentially left her with the ability to only answer yes or no questions which is why she worked with Google to develop the keyboard. When Tania learned Morse in her youth, it greatly expanded her vocabulary and ability to communicate. You can read more about her and her development efforts in the blog post from yesterday.
After the post was made by Google, I had a few friends and some of you readers email me asking a pretty simple question: “How do I turn on the Morse Code keyboard in Gboard?” It’s a fair question because it isn’t exactly intuitive and, to be honest, took me a few minutes on how to remember how to do this with any keyboard, let alone the Morse Code one. In this How To, I’ll show you how to enable it so you have a reference for it.