Call me stupid if you want because you may already know about this neat little feature built into the default Android keyboard, but I found this totally by mistake and it’s really pretty cool.  So, yes, if you’ve seen it before and it’s old news to you, then go ahead and laugh, but I’ve asked several people now and only one person has ever seen it before.

‘So what is it?’ I hear you asking.  I’m always switching to numeric input to enter values and then switching back once I’m finished, but if you follow this guide, you’ll never have to switch again.

Bring up your on screen keyboard and then touch it anywhere as if you’re going to type.  Instead of pressing the letter, swipe your finger up the screen until your finger is above the top row of letters.  A numeric/symbol pop up keyboard should appear above your standard keys.

So if you’ve seen it before, then you’re probably saying, ‘yeah, yeah,’ but if not, well now you know.

Here’s your standard Android keyboard in all its glory:

And here’s what happens when you swipe your finger up the screen:

Enjoy your new keyboard extension courtesy of Google and the Android OS.  Let us know what versions of Android you try this on.  We’d love to know if it’s always been there or if it’s something new.

Do you guys know any other little secrets or Easter eggs hidden inside Google’s Android OS?  Let us know in the comments below!

About The Author

I was an IT consultant for 20 years and ran my own web design and development company for an additional 3 years. I have been involved with technology from birth. OK, that maybe an exaggeration, but it sure is a long time. I'm also an avid Home Theater geek and self appointed installer for friends and relatives. My first serious modding of Smart-Phones started with my T-Mobile WING and now Android devices. I'm also a bit of a photographer, although Android has kind of taken over my life and photography has taken a back seat.

  • Ber

    This is new in Froyo.

  • Ber

    This is new in Froyo.

  • JD

    Hmmm cant seem to get it on my phone. Samsung Vibrant.

    • ural

      Setup the Android Keyboard under Settings and then you will be able to use it.

  • Winston

    I don’t like that I have to drag my finger to the key I want to type and then release to type the key. Would prefer to drag up and open the section, then decide which keys to press.

    • https://androidspin.com/author/simonnwalker/ Simon Walker

      Winston,
      Agreed, it would be nicer if you could take your finger off once it popped up and then select the key. At least the key your finger is on appears easily visible in the middle at the top.
      A step in the right direction.

  • JD

    Hmmm cant seem to get it on my phone. Samsung Vibrant.

    • ural

      Setup the Android Keyboard under Settings and then you will be able to use it.

  • Winston

    I don’t like that I have to drag my finger to the key I want to type and then release to type the key. Would prefer to drag up and open the section, then decide which keys to press.

    • https://androidspin.com/author/simonnwalker/ Simon Walker

      Winston,
      Agreed, it would be nicer if you could take your finger off once it popped up and then select the key. At least the key your finger is on appears easily visible in the middle at the top.
      A step in the right direction.

  • http://www.bluetoothbutler.net probbiethe1

    yeah its native to 2.2 sorry for everyone else

  • http://www.bluetoothbutler.net probbiethe1

    yeah its native to 2.2 sorry for everyone else

  • Obry

    Doesn’t work for me on CyanogenMod6 (based on Froyo) but I like the HTC_IME better still. Much rather long press than swiping up and down to get to extra keys. If they were improving the keyboard they should’ve done something closer to SwiftKeys or HTC_IME – not more swiping up and down – I’m over with having to swipe. Thank god for the new Launchers that have the dots to go from screen to screen and the drawer is a click rather than a swipe away.

  • Obry

    Doesn’t work for me on CyanogenMod6 (based on Froyo) but I like the HTC_IME better still. Much rather long press than swiping up and down to get to extra keys. If they were improving the keyboard they should’ve done something closer to SwiftKeys or HTC_IME – not more swiping up and down – I’m over with having to swipe. Thank god for the new Launchers that have the dots to go from screen to screen and the drawer is a click rather than a swipe away.

  • http://www.bluetoothbutler.net probbiethe1

    so you want a touch screen so you can push buttons? interesting

  • http://www.bluetoothbutler.net probbiethe1

    so you want a touch screen so you can push buttons? interesting

  • Abu_Noah

    Doesn’t work on Evo. Native Keyboard shows symbols by holding down desired letter/number.

  • Abu_Noah

    Doesn’t work on Evo. Native Keyboard shows symbols by holding down desired letter/number.

  • johm

    Dont know but dont think it works on 1.6

  • johm

    Dont know but dont think it works on 1.6

  • Dee

    so this is only on Froyo?

  • Dee

    so this is only on Froyo?

  • https://androidspin.com/author/simonnwalker/ Simon Walker

    So it’s sounding like this may be a Froyo addition and not available on earlier versions. That doesn’t explain why it wouldn’t be in CyanogenMOD 6.

  • https://androidspin.com/author/simonnwalker/ Simon Walker

    So it’s sounding like this may be a Froyo addition and not available on earlier versions. That doesn’t explain why it wouldn’t be in CyanogenMOD 6.

  • unknownkwita

    it works om my CyanogenMOD 6 running on my dream, no problems

  • unknownkwita

    it works om my CyanogenMOD 6 running on my dream, no problems

  • Peaches

    ‘Tis only on Froyo. Another nice Froyo easter egg is to hold down on the “Launcher” button on-screen, it brings up little screen previews of all your available home screens so you can select from there rather than sliding from screen to screen. Similar to Sense in that regard.

  • Peaches

    ‘Tis only on Froyo. Another nice Froyo easter egg is to hold down on the “Launcher” button on-screen, it brings up little screen previews of all your available home screens so you can select from there rather than sliding from screen to screen. Similar to Sense in that regard.

  • s8on

    It only works in certain areas (doesn’t work in the search box widget), which could explain why it works for some and not for others. Additionally you can set up in the keyboard settings which languages you want to be available and choose them by swiping the spacebar.

    P.S. it does work on cyanogen 6 running on a G1

  • s8on

    It only works in certain areas (doesn’t work in the search box widget), which could explain why it works for some and not for others. Additionally you can set up in the keyboard settings which languages you want to be available and choose them by swiping the spacebar.

    P.S. it does work on cyanogen 6 running on a G1

  • ekansh

    cant seem to be in my G1 …running on CM5.0.8

  • ekansh

    cant seem to be in my G1 …running on CM5.0.8

  • Christopher3712

    Wow…this is actually a discovery that’s EXTREMELY worthwhile. I like that Android keyboard a LOT more now! Lol, I feel like such a dummy…

  • Christopher3712

    Wow…this is actually a discovery that’s EXTREMELY worthwhile. I like that Android keyboard a LOT more now! Lol, I feel like such a dummy…

  • Amir

    WOW, Beautiful man.

    Why to blame your fantastic discovery and help?!!!

    I admit I didn’t figure this out, and I am one of those how they figure out everything right at the start 😉 so don’t feel bad, feel smart; you smarty smart dudy dude…

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Amir

    WOW, Beautiful man.

    Why to blame your fantastic discovery and help?!!!

    I admit I didn’t figure this out, and I am one of those how they figure out everything right at the start 😉 so don’t feel bad, feel smart; you smarty smart dudy dude…

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Dee

    Wonder if the apk can be pulled and it will work on Droid X?

  • Dee

    Wonder if the apk can be pulled and it will work on Droid X?

  • Mas Scotty

    Nice tip, but doesnt work on the EVO :(

  • Mas Scotty

    Nice tip, but doesnt work on the EVO :(

  • Dave

    This is nice for sure… but no comma? Really? After MAYBE the period, the comma is probably my most used punctuation when texting, at least more used than say hyphens, forward slashes, and colons.

  • Dave

    This is nice for sure… but no comma? Really? After MAYBE the period, the comma is probably my most used punctuation when texting, at least more used than say hyphens, forward slashes, and colons.

  • G

    No shit.

  • G

    No shit.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPCK70tTDQE Clarinda Prieto

    Hi, have you had the opportunity to try out market samurai yet? I bought it and I gota admit all I use it for is the rank checker 😐