Gaming With Long Nails? Explained + (6 Helpful Tips!)

Some people think that long nails are a challenge to use.

But some people love the challenge of using their nails to play games on their phone or tablet.

It’s not always easy, but it can be done with enough practice and patience!

In this blog post, we’ll go over what types of devices are best for gaming on your phone or tablet when you have long acrylic nails, tips that can help you master gaming with long nails, and more!

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Can You Play Video Games With Long Nails?

Yes, you can. You just have to be a little more careful, and I would recommend getting some hand protection for your fingers because long nails are delicate.

In addition, the video games that have really sensitive controls will not work with long acrylic nails on.

So as long as it is one of those easier-to-play games, then there shouldn’t be much of an issue. As a matter of fact, I have some really cool hand protection that will help you out.

It’s called the “Gamer Grip,” It is made to wrap around your fingers for added control when playing video games with long acrylic nails on.

How Do I Play Video Games With Long Acrylic Nails?

Playing video games with long acrylic nails can be a little tricky, but it is not impossible.

If you are wearing gloves, this will help you avoid accidentally pressing buttons on the controller, resulting in game-ruining errors and deaths.

Of course, some people don’t want to wear gloves for gaming because they feel like their hands aren’t able to grip the controller as tightly and securely.

If this is the case, there are a couple of other things that you can do to make gaming with long acrylic nails more manageable:

  • If possible, purchase a gamepad for your console or PC, so you don’t need to use analog sticks on an Xbox controller.

With video games like Fortnite, where precision aiming is important, it’s difficult enough trying not to press buttons accidentally when playing with gloves; but without them? It will be next to impossible!

  • Purchasing a PSVR headset could also work if all else fails because most of the time, players just hold two PlayStation Move controllers in their hands while wearing headgear.

The players’ thumbs never touch any buttons on the controller.

  • If you don’t want to purchase a gamepad or PSVR headset, and playing Fortnite is important to you, then try using your non-dominant hand instead of your dominant one when playing with gloves on.

Your more dexterous “off” hand should be able to pick up most button presses simply because it’s not already used in other tasks like swinging a sword while gaming or turning pages in an e-reader app for books.

This tip will also work if you’re using PlayStation Move controllers without gloves but only for right-handed players as lefties would need two right hands!

You can always switch back after starting a new session by pressing start on the controller so that both hands are being used again; just make sure to take the gloves off first!

Tips To Play Video Games With Long Acrylic Nails:

  • Choose a console and controller that are more comfortable with your hands.
  • Use gloves, or make sure to buy a gamepad for your console.
  • Don’t use analog sticks with Xbox controllers if possible.
  • Try using your non-dominant hand and/or PSVR headgear for Fortnite-type games that require precision aiming.
  • Buy a wrist support pad so you can use one hand on the gamepad and another hand on the computer mouse.
  • Check for game settings like sensitivity, button mapping, and camera positioning to customize your experience as needed.

Are Video Games Too Hard With Long Acrylic Nails?

It is not uncommon for people with long acrylic nails to find video games too hard because they may have trouble using the thumb stick or pressing on buttons at all due to their nail length.

This is why it’s important to find a video game that doesn’t require too much dexterity or, better yet-a a controller. 

On the other hand

Video games are often one of the most satisfying forms of entertainment for people with long acrylic nails.

This is because many video games require a lot more button mashing and useless fine motor skills than, say, playing an instrument or using a mouse in Photoshop.

Furthermore, if you have difficulty pressing keys on a keyboard due to your nail length, you can always plug in a USB controller.

How Do You Use A Mechanical Keyboard With Long Nails?

Typically, mechanical keyboards use a rubber dome switch which is flat and recessed under the key.

While this can work with long nails, it isn’t ideal because you have to push down harder than usual so that your nails don’t slip off of the keys.

Other types of switches like Cherry MX or Alps are more suited for gamers who want to use long nails.

Keyboard manufacturers like Razer have models designed for gamers with longer nails, but most of the keyboards on the market will work fine if you’re willing to play around a little bit and find out which keys are better suited to your needs.

You may also need an extended keypad depending on how large your hands are and the size of your desk.

Some people are also forced to use non-QWERTY keyboard layouts, like Dvorak or Colemak, which can make it easier for gamers with long nails as well since they don’t have to stretch their fingers quite as far while typing.

If your keypad is too small or you’re playing a game that requires more than one key simultaneously, then it might not be possible to play with long nails.

In these cases, there are some workarounds that vary depending on what kind of controller you use and how many keys are required for the particular game.

For example, if you want to use your thumbs on the controller, then it’s possible to have long nails.

The downside is that this will make it harder for you to control smaller characters since they’re typically only controlled with a couple of fingers and not your whole hand.

This can be remedied by using a gamepad which has analog sticks instead of buttons.

If you’re using a keyboard and mouse, then it can be difficult to play certain games with long nails since they require more control than just one or two fingers.

One workaround for this is by playing some of the simpler indie titles that don’t have complex controls, like shooters or driving games where precision isn’t an issue.

Which Video Games Work Well With Long Acrylic Nails?

Some of the most popular games with long acrylic nails are RPGs and adventure games like Skyrim, Dark Souls, or The Witcher.

These types of games allow players to explore the world without the need to engage in contact with enemies and often have more linear gameplay.

How To Play Rhythm Games With Long Nails?

Here are a few helpful tricks:

  • Tap the screen or follow a pattern on your controller with one nail.
  • Use two nails to strum cords and buttons, such as in Guitar Hero (but not drums).
  • Hold down notes for sustained sounds by using three fingers instead of two, such as in a Rock Band. You can also take advantage of some games that have a configuration tool by enabling the option for larger buttons.
  • You can also get taller buttons if you are having difficulty finding one that will fit over your nails.
  • Get a controller with soft grips for long nail use, such as the Nintendo N64 Controller or Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller.
  • Use two hands on one side of your body if you are unable to get up from sitting in front of the screen and playing video games.

The most important thing is to make sure you have fun.

Do Video Games Make Long Acrylic Nails Look Bad?

Video games can make long acrylic nails look bad if they are played very intensely or for an extended period of time.

This is because these types of games can cause friction and lead to cracks in the nails or leave behind residue.

What Is The Best Device For Gamers Who Have Long Acrylic Nails? 

The best devices for people with long nails are touch screen devices like a phone or tablet.

They’re smaller than a game console controller, so it’s easier to grip them if your fingers are longer.

Touch screens also have a bigger surface area than you’d find on other gaming devices, so they’re easier to use with long nails.

What If I Want To Play Games Using An Xbox Or PlayStation Controller? 

There are some people who prefer buttons and joysticks over touchscreen controls. If this applies to you, these controllers can be used when your nails are short.

Longer nails will interfere with the ability to grip these controller types.

If your long acrylic polish doesn’t chip, you may have an easier time using controllers like this because they’re not as sensitive and require less dexterity to hold onto them than a touch screen device does.

What If I Prefer A Tablet Or Laptop Over A Phone Or Tablet? 

A laptop is a good option for gamers with acrylic nails.

They’re larger than phones and most tablets, but you’ll find that touch screens are more common on laptops, so they may be easier to use if your long polish doesn’t chip off quickly.

What Types Of Games Should I Play When My Fingers Are Longer?

If you’re able to play video games using a controller with short nails, then you can continue to do so when your nail length is long.

But some people prefer touch screens for their gameplay, and that’s totally ok!