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Having a keyboard that keeps typing double letters can be frustrating and time-consuming to fix.
A couple of factors can cause your system to misbehave this way. First, the issue may be software-related. Apart from that, the problem might be coming from the application you’re experiencing the “double letters” issue.
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Are you currently experiencing a situation where your Android keyboard is misbehaving and continuously typing double letters? If yes, you need to understand that you’re not alone in this.
In case you don’t know, the Android keyboard’s double letters issue is not new. It has been around for a while now.
Having gone through various social media platforms and forums, I discovered that the issue has been around since Android version 2.3, which is popularly called Gingerbread.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread is Google’s seventh Android version. The operating system, released in December 2010, is the successor of the popular Android 2.2 Froyo and the predecessor of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
According to the many posts across social media platforms and forums, the first known “double letters” issue started in 2010 on Android version 2.3. Let’s have a quick look at some of the past reports regarding the Android keyboard’s “double letters” issue.
According to ks1023 on the Verizon community, the user, when he was reporting the issue, mentioned that it’s annoying? Is that how you also feel about the current situation of things? Well, here’s a brief of what the Verizon user said regarding the issue below:
“For the past 3 weeks or so, all of a sudden when I’m typing a message, certain letters (especially a and e) will go in twice…”
…has anyone experienced the problem or know how to fix it? It’s extremely annoying, I spend so much time typing and trying to get it right.”
The same type of issue was posted on XDA in December 2010, that was the same period Android version 2.3 Gingerbread was released. According to Dinan, a senior member on the platform, the issue only “after pressing a space and then the next letter really fast.”
In 2011, Onthecouch, a member of the Android Forum also reported the same Android Gingerbread keyboard issue. Here’s a brief of what the user said at that time:
“As some of you already know, I’ve been a big critic of the Gingerbread keyboard, specifically about an oddity that seems to occur with the first letter and/or sometimes the last letter of words repeating themselves.”
As you can see so far, the Android double letters issue started upon the release of Android version 2.3 about a decade ago. Ever since then, a lot of people have been complaining about experiencing the same issue on their phones.
In 2015, a Huawei P8 Lite user posted the same issue on the Huawei forum. Here’s a brief of what the user said regarding the issue:
“I own a Huawei P8 Lite and I do have the same problem as many other users of this phone (or any other type from Huawei). It must be a well-known problem for Huawei: while typing I’m getting double letters, double parts of words, or sometimes complete double words. No matter what kind of keyboard I’m using, the problem remains.”
The bottom line is the Android keyboard’s “double letters” issue you’re currently experiencing on your smartphone is a fairly common issue. Its first known case happened in December 2010, when Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) was released.
Here’s another frequently asked question regarding the Android keyboard’s “double letter” issue – what exactly is the cause of the glitch?
Keyboard “typing double letters” is a general issue on smartphones and PCs. Apart from Android keyboards, some iPhone keyboards also misbehave this way. That’s not all; the same type of issue also occurs on PC keyboards.
That said, a couple of things could cause your Android keyboard to misbehave and type double letters unexpectedly. One of them is if your system is outdated or you’re yet to install the latest security patch for your smartphone. Apart from that, the issue could be coming directly from your keyboard.
If the type of issue you’re experiencing is the same as that of the Huawei P8 Lite user, which I mentioned earlier, then the issue is certainly not from your keyboard. According to the user, he tried using several different keyboards, but the issue persisted.
If you’ve not yet tried using another keyboard on your phone, this might be the time to do that. Install other keyboards and confirm whether or not the issue is from the previous keyboard or a general one. If after trying with other keyboards and you still experience the same issue, you can safely conclude that the glitch is from your phone.
You can try to address the keyboard’s double letters issue you’re currently experiencing on your phone in several workarounds. However, to be able to resolve the issue, you need to be sure of where the issue is coming from.
Is it your Android phone software that’s causing the annoying issue? Could the problem be coming from the current Android keyboard you’re using? It’s important to understand the cause of the issue to be sure of how to address it.
As earlier mentioned, you can always resolve the double letters keyboard issue in a couple of ways, depending exactly on its cause on your Android phone. Let’s have a look at some of them below:
If you’re sure the problem is coming from your current keyboard, the best you can do is install a new keyboard from Google Play Store.
To do that, you need to start by opening your Google Play Store app. After that, tap on the search bar, type, and search for “Keyboard.”
On the search result page, you’ll see a list of keyboards you can download on your Android phone. I recommend downloading the Microsoft Swiftkey Keyboard because it’s reliable.
Click on your preferred keyboard and tap install to get the keyboard on your phone. Make the app your default keyboard and start using it for your daily activities. This should address the issue and fix the double letters glitch you’re currently experiencing on your phone.
If you noticed that the issue persists after trying other keyboards, it could be that your smartphone software is outdated. So, check for the latest update and get your software updated.
- To do that, go to the Settings app on your phone.
- After that, scroll down and tap on the “About Device” option.
- Next, locate and tap on “Software Update” and then the “System Update.”
- If any updates are available, click on them to download and follow the instructions for installing them.
Another way to address the issue of “double letters”, which is surfacing from your Android keyboard, is to restart your keyboard App. This workaround is only effective if the issue comes from your keyboard app, not the phone.
- To do that, go to your phone’s Settings app.
- Next, select “Apps & notifications” and then tap on “All apps.”
- Now, locate the app causing your keyboard to misbehave on your phone and force it to stop – you can do that by tapping the Force Stop button.
- After that, go back to your App menu and relaunch the application.
This method should help you fix the “double letters” issue. However, if the problem persists, you can try resetting your keyboard settings.
Resetting your keyboard settings means you’re assigning the default settings to your device. This should help you address the issue.
- Go to your phone’s settings app.
- Locate and tap “Apps & Notifications” and then “All Apps.”
- Next, locate and tap on your keyboard app.
- Choose Storage & Cache and tap on Clear Storage.