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Hello Morse: Learn Morse Code with Google

In the past, we have written several articles in regards to the value of Morse code. Whether you are learning it as a method of transmitting information non-verbally in dire emergencies, or as a subtle method to communicate just a few words or phrases, Morse code is a worthwhile tool in any survivalist’s toolbox. Also, while it could feel imposing to try and interpret fast sequences of dots and dashes, it isn’t a tough skill to learn when you give it a while. This learning process can also be made easier because of free resources like Google’s Hello Morse tools.

The standard list of Morse code mixtures will be tricky to memorize unaided.

Introduction to Hello Morse

Hello Morse is a set of “experiments inspired by Morse code on Android Gboard.” Gboard is Google’s name for its touchscreen keyboard, available for Android or iOS. It offers quite a few languages, including Morse code. If you have got Gboard arrange, you possibly can go activate the Morse keyboard and begin practicing immediately — it even provides predictive suggestions as you tap out dots and dashes. However, if you desire to establish a baseline of skill before diving in, try the Hello Morse page on experiments.withgoogle.com.

The Morse Keyboard

Google partner developer Tania Finlayson encouraged coders to create games, teaching tools, and other experiments based on the Gboard Morse keyboard. These include morse.withgoogle.com/learn — a free app to your phone or desktop browser. It uses memorable pictograms for example the dot/dash mixtures for every letter, then asks you to tap the suitable combination, first with the pictograms after which without them. See below for a listing of all of the pictograms (click here to download a poster-size version).

Above: Pictograms used to assist learn the mixtures of Morse Code dots and dashes.

Other Hello Morse Applications

The Hello Morse page also accommodates other interesting applications of Gboard Morse, akin to Hello, Emmett!, a game where you guide a personality through a maze by typing the right letters in Morse (this one only works on a phone with Gboard installed). Check out this video of Hello Morse in motion:


  • Q: What is Hello Morse?
    A: Hello Morse is a collection of AI and Chrome experiments inspired by Morse code on Android Gboard.
  • Q: What does 3 dots mean in Morse code?
    A: 3 dots in Morse code signifies the letter “S”.
  • Q: How do you tap SOS in Morse code?
    A: An SOS sent by Morse code is a well known distress signal. It is three short taps followed by three long taps, after which finished three short taps again.
  • Q: What are Morse code signals?
    A: Morse code is a communication method used encode text characters as sequences of two different signal durations, called dots and dashes, or dits and dahs.
  • Q: What does SOS stand for in Morse code?
    A: SOS is Morse code for “Save Our Ship”. Although it was originally used for ships in distress, it has evolved to be an alert for any emergency situation.
  • Q: Is it hard to learn Morse code?
    A: Learning Morse code is just not too difficult. However, it takes diligent practice to grow to be proficient.

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