Some apps include the undo on typing feature, but not all. For example, if you type a huge piece of speech on WhatsApp and then accidentally delete it, you have no way to get it back. This has an easy solution: that the undo is integrated into Gboard.

The good news is that Gboard already has an undo button to go back on any edits you’ve made to a text before sending it. The bad news is that for now this button is only available on the Japanese keyboard, so you’re going to need to change the language every time you want to use it.

You’ll need the Japanese language

For some reason beyond comprehension, Google has only integrated the undo button into the Japanese keyboard, so it’s not accessible if you use the Google keyboard in any other language. However, all is not lost, as a few months ago they found indications that Gboard was preparing a global undo function.

While you’re at it, you’re going to need to use Gboard’s Japanese keyboard to undo text, which sounds like a complication (and it is), although it’s actually not as annoying as it sounds, as you’ll only have to switch to this language when you go to undo changes.

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You can add languages to Gboard from its settings, in the Languages section. Tap +Add Keyboard, then type “Japanese.” Note that in the list, the Japanese keyboard is called in Japanese (日本語) in the list. Leave the default options and tap Done.

Undo and redo on Gboard

Once the keyboard is configured correctly, type in any application with the peace of mind that if you make a mistake, you can undo it, regardless of whether the application where you are typing has a native function to undo changes or not.

To use undo mode, you’ll first need to switch Gboard to Japanese, which is possible in a variety of ways, such as with the language button, a long tap on the space bar, or the keyboard button on the navigation bar.

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The only thing you’re interested in about the Japanese keyboard is the button in the upper left corner, with an arrow. Each time you press it, it will undo a step of changes. Gboard keeps a fairly extensive record of changes.

If you undo too much, that’s fine, as you can also redo changes with a long tap on the undo arrow, which shows an arrow in the opposite direction. You can see the invention at work in the animated GIF below.

Being able to undo changes is a very powerful feature that can save you from some messes and it’s a shame that Google forces us to use a keyboard in another language just for this. Hopefully soon it will integrate it globally and for all languages.

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