How to use Gboard’s number pad and fix it if gets stuck | Phones

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Google’s proprietary keyboard comes default on many devices, and for most of us, it generally stays active. One odd behavior of the keyboard that often confuses users is how the number pad is triggered. It’s easy to activate it and lose the symbols page you really want. This guide will go over how you can switch to and from the Gboard number pad with ease if you find yourself stuck.

Using the number pad in Gboard

The number pad can be a helpful tool in the keyboard. Some users generally stick to the number row on the symbols page, but if you’re entering a long number like a software key or phone number, seeing a gridded number pad can be helpful.

Here’s how to access the number pad in Gboard:

  1. In Gboard, hit the ?123 button.
  2. Tap 1234 next to the spacebar.

Once you have the number key, you can exit by hitting the ABC button or !?# key.

However, I’ve found that a lot of users easily get lost when using the number pad.

Getting stuck on the number pad

Losing the symbols page on Gboard seems like an extremely niche issue, but it’s a situation that I often find myself in. What happens is this:

You’re typing something out and hit the ?123 function, which brings you to the symbols page. After navigating that page, you accidentally hit the 1234 button next to the spacebar, which turns the page into the number pad – I often do this because I think I’m hitting the emoji button. To get out of that, you hit the ABC function to return to the main keyboard page.

An issue arises when you try to access the symbol page again, and the number pad greets you. So how do you switch from the number pad back to the symbols…

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