Change the keyboard on your Android
Android has a large number of keyboards available in the Play Store. Many of them offer countless advantages over the default system, such as advanced customization options or completely different interfaces.
Find out how to change your smartphone’s keyboard by following these simple steps we show you in our article.
How to download a new keyboard
There are a number of virtual keyboards available in the Play Store. Some of the best known are Gboard, SwiftKey and Swype Keyboard, designed to type by sliding your finger across the screen instead of pressing each of the keys.
Others, like NovaKey, offer completely different interfaces to the traditional keyboard.
In order to view and download the available keyboards all you have to do is enter ‘Play Store’ and, in the ‘Applications’ section, choose ‘Productivity’. This list will show the most downloaded Android keyboards. Most are free (or at least offer a free and a paid version).
How to install an Android keyboard
When we download a new Android keyboard, it is stored in the system but does not appear automatically when we use applications such as WhatsApp or Gmail. To be able to activate it and mark it as the default method of writing, we must follow the following steps:
- Go to the ‘Settings’ menu and choose ‘Language and Text Input’.
- Now go to Virtual Keyboard or On-Screen Keyboard > Manage Keyboards.
- Select which of the downloaded keyboards you want to keep active by checking the checkbox on the left.
All Android keyboards (both default and downloadable from the Play Store) offer different customization options.
To access these functions just click on the button on the right side of each keyboard to see what options it offers.
Default keyboards usually include different interfaces, changes in predictive text, automatic correction, etc.
To switch between active keyboards just click on the button with the keyboard icon at the bottom right when the virtual keyboard appears.