Multi tap keyboard brings T9 to the iPhone / iPod Touch

by Ankur on May 21, 2009 · 19 comments

Filed in: Apps,Cydia


T9 multitap on the iPhone? Yes! an iKeyEx keyboard available via Cydia, does the trick. After installing all you need to do is hit the Globe on your iPhone / iPod Touch keyboard and Multitap would be one of the available alternatives.

The multi tap keyboard is suitable for Nokia users shifting to the iPhone. This is certainly something we hope Apple puts officially into the iPhone to increase its compatibility and reach. After all not everyone buys that iPhone for the QWERTY, some jut want a cool phone that they can use :)


Make sure you have activated Multi Tap keyboard in Settings>General>Keyboards>International.


Tested in email, sms, safari. Portrait and Landscape mode. Works!!

UPDATE: Well this isn’t T9 technically. Its simple SMS typing. A dictionary integration would make it T9. But I many would still like it over the iPhone QWERTY.

Via SOS iPhone Source on Cydia

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Timothy May 29, 2009 at 2:24 am

To bad this isn’t T9 at all. This is simply ABC.

T9 would be

to type this sentence
“The dog ran fast”
You’d press.

But with ABC
Which is what this keyboard ACTUALLY is.
You’d press

I downloaded this keyboard because I love T9, I hate QWERTY and I hate ABC.

Comeone T9 come to iPhone :’(

Piyansh May 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Man..thats a well researched

Piyansh May 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm

But yeah..timothy is right..t9 is more a kind of dictionary which saves words as they are typed..but I dont think t9 would ever come to iphone officially by apple as they have their own dictionary..(which is kinda irritating)

hashim October 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm

this does not work on OS 3.0

Oliver October 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm


Oliver October 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

did someone heard about T9app?

Noel October 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Doesn’t work on 3.1 either… really annoying. If it did work, it would be so much easier to type a text while walking somewhere…

Ceezar October 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Where do I get this application from?

kris November 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm

pls let us know when its avail on OS 3.0 – need this

Oliver November 5, 2009 at 12:04 am

too late for me … I go back to BlackBerry storm 2 !

praTIK December 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

i want vfcaller t9 pad in default iphone dialing pad

Dave February 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

Will there be an update to have this on iPhone 3.0 upwards? Thanks.

Nick June 25, 2010 at 1:15 am

This is retarded. The smart phone is/was supposed to bring the web to the world i.e. non-computer users. I sort of love my blackberry (useful) but i want an iphone. it’s too expensive for now, but i would seriously consider it because just like every old dude who doesn’t trust new gadgets (like my mechanic dad) i hate trying to type with those ridiculous buttons. Every old person i show it too says “how do you press those tiny buttons?”. Every time. Blackberry Storm has t9 but the phone blows, apparently. no 3G (?!?!?!). iPhone, put a friggin t9 on the phone and watch a whole lot of old people buy it. geez. maybe i should make one myself. t9 is copyright though.

Dave July 23, 2010 at 12:12 am

Rubbish someone please make a proper T9 keypad for iphone or my iphone 4 is going back !!!

Vlad October 6, 2010 at 2:31 am

No Iphone for me until T9 app like the one on the sony ericsson.

Enrico October 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Dear all, what do I have to dowload from CYDIA?

What package? I can’t find anything.

I found only iKeyEx 3 and it does not put anything more on SETTING.

Please help me.

Thank you


Rui November 6, 2010 at 4:42 am

Same here!!!

Amie November 18, 2010 at 4:52 am

I just got the iPhone 4 and want this keyboard and T9 (or a uploaded dictionary). Can someone please post the exact steps on how to get this? Thanks

Tex March 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

T9App for $1.99 is awful. I don’t get it…why can’t this simple requirement be met by Apple? Is there a reason they want to lock you to QWERTY?