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Best keyboard apps for Android: type faster and more accurately

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 hours ago

We may have soon gotten used to typing on smartphone keyboards after moving away from the physical touchpads of old, but things aren't perfect yet. Smartphone keyboards are never fast enough, never autocorrect correctly and often lead to frustration. Do you relate to these problems? Then check out our list of the best Android keyboard apps for Android.

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Here are the best Android keyboards available.  / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Minuum – the smallest

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 – and it's quite easy to make mistakes – 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.

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

2. Fleksy – the fastest

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. There's also a surprisingly capable 'invisible' keyboard plugin, which is cool to show off to friends.

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

3. SwiftKey – the all-rounder (and best for multiple languages)

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. 

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 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's layout can be customized in a number of ways. © ANDROIDPIT / SwiftKey
SwiftKey Keyboard Install on Google Play

4. Google Keyboard – best for simplicity

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. 

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

5. TouchPal – most fun

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. 

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

6. Swype – best for swiping

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.

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Swype has a traditional interface. © ANDROIDPIT / Nuance Communications, Inc
Swype Keyboard Free Install on Google Play

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

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • When you look at the best keyboard, it should be good in almost everything a keyboard should do.
    And that for me is the SwiftKey Keyboard. Hands down the best keyboard for use on Android, which amazing features such as Flow, Next word prediction, emoji prediction and best of all multi language. The next word prediction can be personalize using your google and facebook account and the integration is so seamless that the keyboard literally guesses the next word so perfectly that you rarely type.

    And then the second best IMO is Fleksy as I love the gesture controls but I miss the swyping that I am used to so bad. :)

  • Wong Gary 4 months ago Link to comment

    Here is a keyboard which has PC features: Copy, paste, undo, redo, cursor move, alt text input

    RealTouch Keyboard

  • Oliver 5 months ago Link to comment

    Swift key is the best....

  • John Love 5 months ago Link to comment

    Hacker's Keyboard
    the best!

  • Abrar 5 months ago Link to comment

    Google key board is good for typing experience especially with material layout but big problem with this keyboard is, it doesn't save my custom words automatically and nor suggest like Samsung keyboard and some keyboards have taller keys like swiftkey. That's why I prefer Samsung keyboard because it perfectly suggest my all custom words and have decent key shape.

  • I use TouchPal X, is there an app that allows for color type letters instead of black over white background?

    • L.K. D. 4 months ago Link to comment

      nobody knows TouchPal, so nobody uses it
      people don't see how great this app is
      the keyboard has the best interface, the words appear under the letters and you just swipe from the letter to the space key
      it's the awesomeness this keyboard has

      and yes, you can change the letters color in the new version, just create a custom keyboard theme (open TouchPal app>general settings>themes>local, and tap the "paint" button on the lower right

  • Jerry Lee 5 months ago Link to comment

    I like TypeSmart. It has a nice interface, like any other keyboard. It has the capability to add a row at the top of the keyboard for numbers, which I think is nice. It also has a feature where you can show passwords as you type them so you know a password is correct before you submit it. That is an issue I have had with other keyboards on a smartphone, you hit the wrong keys while entering a password but can't tell for sure until you submit it. It is nice to verify a password before you submit it, you can correct it first. It also has several different themes you can choose. Also, has a nice auto-correct feature.

  • Mando 5 months ago Link to comment

    I actually enjoy the Samsung keyboard. I've tried swift, fleksy, and even the Google keyboard. I actually enjoy the space of the Samsung keyboard and the fact that it's not so big, plus I don't have to press option, or sub in order to key in a number. They're on the top row at all times! Plus 😉 emojis are only long hold away!

  • Swiftkey for the win

  • For people that are comfortable with PC keyboard, Hacker's keyboard is the best. But it is not even featured in this article.

  • Amir Khan 5 months ago Link to comment

    Google keyboard is best.... :)

  • Which is the keyboard in the first photo plx

  • Grant 10 months ago Link to comment

    Swipe & Dragon - paid version. Absolute best swipe keyboard around.

  • J Gabri-El 10 months ago Link to comment

    I fell in love with HTC Sense Input on my HTC device

  • CJ Brown 10 months ago Link to comment

    Was Smart Keyboard before upgrading to KitKat from Ice Cream Sandwich (now its Google Keyboard)

  • Leonardo 10 months ago Link to comment

    Was swift key before I upgraded to Lollipop :)

  • ai. type plus?

  • Pam O. 10 months ago Link to comment


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