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Best keyboard apps for Android: type faster and more accurately

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We might eventually get used to typing on smartphone keyboards. Smartphone keyboards are never fast enough, never autocorrect properly and often lead to frustration. Can you relate to these problems? Then check out our list of the best keyboard apps for Android.

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Here are the best Android keyboards available.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Best for maximizing screen space: Minuum

The Minuum keyboard isn’t your typical QWERTY keyboard. Although the positions of the letters are similar, the entire alphabet appears on the same line. This means that Minuum is one of the smallest Android keyboards, but it's also deceptively simple to use.

While it may not be the fastest, Minuum is a great keyboard for those who want to be able to see more messages from their conversation on the screen while they type a reply. Because the keyboard is so close to the bottom of the screen, you are able to see more above and can get more out of your conversation because you don't have to scroll up as much to answer a question or address something. 

The keyboard is in one line at the bottom of the screen and is staggered so there are fewer mistakes made. It comes in the familiar QWERTY style with all letters reading from left to right as they appear on a normal keyboard and not alphabetically. 

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Minuum is one of the smallest Android keyboards around. / © ANDROIDPIT
Minuum Keyboard Free + Emoji Install on Google Play

Best for speed: Fleksy

Fleksy delivers a large keyboard and simple gestures to provide record-breaking typing speeds. With a swipe up or down you can correct words from a list of recommendations, while a back swipe will delete a word, and a swipe forward will add a period.

It's an efficient system, which makes Fleksy our top recommendation for fans of standard typing rather than swiping. This flips the normal narrative about standard keyboards being replaced by the next generation of swipe keyboards. This one performs quite well even with words that are difficult to spell.

There's also a surprisingly capable 'invisible' keyboard plugin, which is cool to show off to friends. You can also create a custom keyboard to be more elaborate in you messages by sending GIFs. You can customize your personal keyboard experience with over 40 themes. 

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The large characters will please fans of two-thumb typing. / © ANDROIDPIT
Fleksy + GIF Keyboard Install on Google Play

Best for artificial intelligence: SwiftKey

Possibly the most well-known keyboard app on the Google Play Store, SwiftKey has one of the finest typing interfaces available on Android. Like Swype, you can type in the traditional manner or use swiping (which SwiftKey calls 'flow'), and both methods function equally well. 

SwiftKey didn't become so popular for no good reason, it has many features that make it stand out from other apps. The app uses artificial intelligence to learn your writing style and adapt your suggested words. This includes emojis as well. The interface is also quite clean. 

There is a variety of size and layout options including an intriguing “thumb” mode which creates a space between the left and right half of the keyboard. In addition, SwiftKey is excellent at managing multiple languages and is one of the only keyboards on which you don't need to manually swap between them. Just choose the languages you want to use in the settings, and text prediction and special characters will work for all languages automatically. It's very clever. 

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SwiftKey is intelligent and learns your writing style so it can give you suggestions. / © ANDROIDPIT
SwiftKey Keyboard Install on Google Play

Best for simplicity: Google Keyboard

Google's Keyboard has a simple and clean interface that just works. Material design themes, a ton of languages, text-to-speech, gesture typing – it has a lot to offer. You can download this keyboard for free in the Play Store with no in-app purchases. It's compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and up, so there's no good reason not to give Google Keyboard a go. 

Google Keyboard uses its special speech-to-text system to make voice dictation a whole lot easier. It's able to take advantage of the Android advancements in voice recognition. You can still run into some problems with the keyboard recognizing some of your words but most of the time it's correct.

Like with SwiftKey, Google Keyboard learns from what you write. This is not just in the messages you write but across Google services. That means when you use other apps Google Keyboard gets plenty of information on how you write and what it can do to make further suggestions. 

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Google's Keyboard app looks basic, but it works beautifully. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Keyboard Install on Google Play

Best for emojis: TouchPal

TouchPal is heavily focused on emojis/emoji art/smileys/pictures, but it also features over 85 languages, swipe/glide functionality, cloud prediction and contextual prediction. Don't let its cutesy Play Store description and branding put you off, there is far more to TouchPal than colors and themes; it's a straight-up keyboard for messaging quickly and comfortably, and should easily make its way onto any best keyboard list. 

You really have to love emojis to enjoy this keyboard. Your recipients will also need to really have a tolerance for the ridiculous amount of these that you send. They come in blocks sometimes 10 x 10. These texts are quite expressive as well as being funny at times. 

You are able to put huge amounts of emoticon art with some really neat themes but despite the complexity of these it is really easy to use. You can quickly find a block with about 100 emoji characters that really expresses what you're trying to convey. 

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The TouchPal keyboard app is fun but also extremely easy to use. / © ANDROIDPIT
TouchPal Keyboard - Cute Emoji Install on Google Play

Best for swiping: Swype

Swype is a popular keyboard which employs the swipe (or glide) method for character input. Swype learns from your messaging habits, automatically updating its dictionary with new phrases that you type. It creates automatic spaces between words to speed up your workflow and adapts to common mistakes you make.

Though swiping is an acquired taste, if you want the best example of it, you should look no further than Swype. You might want to try it out in a blank Google Doc before you get started messaging your contacts. It could take you a few hours to get proficient enough to send messages at a decent rate. 

While swiping is great for Swype, the normal keyboard works quite well also. There is a decent auto-correct and the keyboard is simple enough to use if you get sick of swiping. If you permanently get tired of swiping you should probably try one of the other apps on this list. 

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Swype has a traditional interface with great swiping potential. / © ANDROIDPIT
Swype Keyboard Trial Install on Google Play

Best for GIFs: Go Keyboard

Go Keyboard is an excellent all-around keyboard with great functions from many of the apps on this list. You can easily swipe if you so choose. There are some intuitive suggestions for auto-fill and auto correct. The keyboard is also very stylish with a minimalist approach. 

The GIF keyboard is the real strength of Go Keyboard and shows great foresight by the company. GIF language is becoming popular and could replace many elements of our written language within messaging. This is a similar trend to emojis replacing large chunks of written expression of emotion. GIF language contains subtleties that text doesn't capture, and in a much more entertaining way. 

With Go Keyboard it's really simple to get going on using GIFs in your messages. You can choose from themes like Star Wars, Leonardo DiCaprio or the Oscars. You could also sort through emotions and expressions like LOL, excited or tears. 

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Go Keyboard gives you lots of choices for GIF messaging. / © ANDROIDPIT
GO Keyboard - Emoji, Wallpaper Install on Google Play

What's your favorite Android Keyboard app? Let us know in the comments below. 


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  • I've tested many of those and i've sticked to RedrawKeyboard. I think it's the perfect combination between emojis, keyboard themes, fast and easy typing, stickers, language packs and other features. Plus it's the only one that offers real time translate and doc sync.

  • I prefer touchpal to other keyboards specially lg keyboard sucks ass.
    But if you like your own choice for different fonts and emojis. Then FANCYKEY KEYBOARD IS FOR YOU.

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    Personally I recommend EasyType keyboard although it is only for iPhones. It's a new keyboard and has amazing scrolling features I haven't seen in other keyboards.

    • Victoria 4 months ago Link to comment

      So you should go find an article related to Apple and their products and make your recommendation there where it would actually be useful. Smdh 😐

  • Leandro 5 months ago Link to comment

    Typing fast and security are both concerns for me in the keyboard.

    I'm trying McAfee Secure Keyboard and so far so good.

    Simple but has some incognito features that prevent the keyboard to log anything and and a screen filter if you are typing something sensitive. Few languages support. Worth to try.

  • CJ Brown 6 months ago Link to comment

    Google Keyboard - I will stick with this keyboard app because it does the job (and has the emojis)

    TouchPal - I have noticed the teens using this keyboard app (especially if all you do is type in emojis vs typing words out (lol)

    Smart Keyboard - this used to be my favorite keyboard app (the Tron legacy theme was brilliant) 'til it went to shite

  • Why is Ginger keyboard app left off all the best keyboard lists? My favorite was Swype until the free trial period ended, I don't have a credit card so I couldn't pay the measly 99¢ that it cost. So I needed a fix, I tried Swiftkey but it typed to slow for me, and didn't offer enough customization options for my taste. So I tried Ginger keyboard app and am sold. It's free, great features, great customization options,etc. It's almost perfect.
    It learns from you, like Swiftkey, it's got all the features the other" best" apps have, including swipe typing, or gesture typing. It's by far better than any on this best of list, even better than my former favorite Swype, and the king, Swiftkey, IMO!

    • Victoria 4 months ago Link to comment

      Download the Google Rewards app. You answer 5 second surveys and earn Google Play credits. I haven't had to pay for apps in quite some time.

  • Xperia keyboard and swifkey, both are best performance for me.

  • Nice article. I agree that even if they are all good stock keyboard replacements they perform best in different way of usage. To me the most important thing is the language dictionary. I like to write swyping between the letters, and even if I do like SwiftKey, using Italian dictionary I found Swype my perfect companion. If I can use two thumbs to digit, Flesky is the way to go.

    • Andres R. 6 months ago Link to comment

      I also like the facility to have sets with two concurrent dictionaries, EN(UK)/ES or ES/EN(UK), 1st one has priority on first words shown.
      And just long pressing the space bar you can choose the set.
      In my case I also have French.

  • Quite a list!

  • The thing I love most about the TouchPal keyboard is the "T+" layout option which mimics the old Blackberry "sure type" style. It's like qwerty, but there's two characters to each key. It's surprisingly easy to type using the very intuitive predictive text. I almost can't go back to pecking out each individual letter.

  • Unfortunately it's only available on the Priv, but the BB touch keyboard is amazing. It's basically a smarter easier version of swiftkey.

  • I love sony keyboard.

  • Da Ni El 6 months ago Link to comment

    Forget the keyboards.
    Look at how good the website looks. Damn!
    I want one!!!!!!

  • Paolo 7 months ago Link to comment

    Fleksy > Swiftkey > Google >>>> Touchpal. Believe me, Touchpal is next to garbage against Fleksy.

  • --- 9 months ago Link to comment

    I really appreciate having an Android keyboard with an always-accessible Delete key. (This is me pointing out that "Delete" is not the same as "Backspace".) But ai.type is the only one I've found that has one. Most don't have one at all, buried or otherwise. But ai.type is annoyingly sluggish, so I was hoping to find an alternative. The layout options in ai.type are absolutely tops.

    • I agree, but I wish I could put the delete button on the keyboard so it's accessible all of the time without having to click through 5 choices to choose it and then get back to showing the number row. It hasn't been sluggish for me, but I will probably stick with Swiftkey until I find a keyboard with the Delete key on the keyboard all of the time.

    • The Priv touchscreen keyboard deletes when you shift-backspace.

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