Android, the world’s leading operating system, includes a plethora of features. One of these features is the ability to switch keyboards. While many people are content with the default keyboard that comes with their device, they may be unaware of the numerous options available to improve their typing experience.
Whether you prefer Gboard, Grammarly, SwiftKey, or others, changing your Android keyboard is as easy as it is convenient. Users can now change their keyboards with a few taps thanks to the Google Play Store.
Here, we’ll walk you through the process of successfully changing the keyboard on your Android device.
Optional keyboards for your Android device
The beauty of adding a keyboard to your device is how simple it is. On the Google Play Store, you’ll find a plethora of excellent keyboard apps. We’ll start by giving you some good options, and then we’ll show you how to install and use them.
Here are some of the best keyboard choices:
SwiftKey is a Microsoft product with a 4.3-star rating on the Google Play Store. It’s so popular that it’s been downloaded over 500 million times. That’s right, billion. You can tap to type normally or use the gesture-based swipe-to-type feature in the free app. It has a fantastic spell checker, smart auto text, and emoji suggestions that are relevant to what you’re writing.
SwiftKey not only excels as a useful and functional keyboard alternative to Gboard, but it also provides a plethora of themes to choose from. You can download a theme that matches your preferences, such as a dark purple keyboard or a subtle lighter look.
Grammarly’s keyboard wants to make a good first impression. As you type, it makes intelligent spelling and grammar suggestions. It can help you avoid a grammatical blunder. The keyboard app is available for free download. If you need even more advanced writing assistance, you should look into Grammarly’s premium subscription service. It’s pricey, but it could be worth it for people who want to improve their writing skills.
The emoji-focused Facemoji keyboard is all about having fun. It allows you to personalize themes and even share them with friends. Emojis are conveniently located along the top of the keyboard. There are also a plethora of GIFs, symbols, emoticons, and stickers to keep you entertained. You can even create your own emoji by using your own face. Check out this keyboard if you prefer to express yourself through emoji rather than words.
How to Install and Change Keyboard on Android
If you go to the Google Play Store and search for “keyboards,” you’ll see a plethora of options. It’s worth noting that the installation process is the same regardless of which keyboard you choose. With so many Android variations available, this method should work with the majority of devices.
What you’ll need to do is as follows:
- Launch the Google Play Store on your smartphone.
- Look up “keyboard.”
- Select the keyboard you want to download (we’ll use SwiftKey in this example).
- Tap Install and wait for the installation to complete.
- After you’ve installed it, go to “Settings” from your “Home” page.
- Then, select “Systems,” followed by “Language and Input Settings.”
- Choose “Virtual Keyboard.”
- Navigate to “Manage Keyboard.” You’ll be able to see which keyboards are currently active on your device.
- Turn on the toggle next to the name of the keyboard you want to use.
- A warning will appear informing you that the text you type must be collected by the keyboard. Select “OK.”
After you’ve enabled your new keyboard, you must set it as your default keyboard.
- Choose your keyboard from the “Virtual Keyboard” page.
- A dialog box with the title “Change Keyboard” will appear.
- To begin using your new keyboard, select your downloaded keyboard from the list.
A new keyboard is a quick and easy way to personalize your Android experience. If you prefer, you can always revert to the stock Gboard. Because the majority of the options presented here are free, you have nothing to lose by giving them a shot. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with one. Good Luck.