How to Get Swype on the Galaxy Nexus

Merry Christmas GBM Galaxy Nexus Owners! Swype is here, unofficially.

By now, I am sure everyone knows that Swype doesn’t work on the Galaxy Nexus. I expected them to have already worked on a version compatible with both ICS and the 720p screen resolution that the Galaxy Nexus sports since the unlocked GSM version had been out there a few months already. That’s wasn’t the case and we, the owners of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, are waiting patiently. Well, patiently isn’t a word I can use for my own anticipation. I have been checking all over for the last couple weeks waiting for the real thing to become available.

Apparently, with the Holidays, I wasn’t checking too closely. On December 22nd, a modder over at XDA-developers named theb1rdm4n fixed Swype!

As I mentioned in the post I made here offering alternatives to Swype in the interim, Swype knows we want a version for the Gnex and in the tweet below, confirms that they are working on it.


I have no doubt that you are working on it Swype, but someone beat you to it.

The XDA-Developers member theb1rdm4n posted early on the 22nd that he had the answers. He posted on XDA and included a link to instructions on installing it on Google+ as well. I found out about this on the Swype Support forums. There was a comment there to search for the answer. I found the answer, downloaded the APK and I was in business.

It works great on the Galaxy Nexus in both portrait and landscape and I haven’t found any gotchas yet.

Thanks Anthony Casagrande aka theb1rdm4n for coming up with this fix. 



  1. And just why does this version of hacked Swype permissions need my phone status AND be able to record the calls??

  2. I can’t seem to get my suggestion bar to show when landscaped and using gmail to compose email.. I don’t see it in the screenshot above either.  Am I missing something?

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