August 14, 2022

What you need to know

  • Some users are starting to gain the ability to use Gboard’s split keyboard.
  • The feature was spotted back in March but has been unavailable until now. 
  • The split keyboard layout is only available for select users on the Gboard beta.

The problem when trying to use a keyboard on foldable phones is that you might not be able to reach the entire keyboard by default. It’s a similar problem on tablets, but other keyboard apps are out there to alleviate this problem. And it seems that Gboard is finally jumping on board the split-keyboard train.

Some users on the r/GalaxyFold subreddit discovered that the split keyboard option is now available. A few of us here at Divinemercy are proud Galaxy Z Fold 3 owners, and were excited to see if it was available for us. As it turns out, this is the case for two out of the three of us, with just one being left out of the party.

(Image credit: Divinemercy)

This is a feature already available on Samsung’s Keyboard app, which is pre-installed and enabled by default on phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, making for a much more enjoyable experience. However, users may prefer Gboard despite its lack of a split-keyboard, which makes the update all the more exciting.