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Best keyboard apps for Android: type faster and more accurately

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 month ago

We may have adapted to typing pretty fast on smartphone keyboards after moving away from the numberpad-based phone keyboards 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 keyboard apps for your Android device.

AI Type Plus Keyboard

Normally we think of keyboards as being functional rather than flashy aspects of our Android phones, but this versatile keyboard proves that you can have both at the same time. The default AI Type Plus keyboard takes its cues from Android Lollipop, but you can download hundreds of free extra themes for it, making it as flamboyant as you like. In terms of usability, this keyboard lets you swipe, tap, and fill your messages with over 800 emojis. If you're feeling creative, you can even design your own themes and upload them for others to use.

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AI Type has a Material Design interface by default, but you can change this up with hundreds of free themes. / © ai.type
ai.type keyboard Plus + Emoji Install on Google Play

Google Keyboard

Google's keyboard has a simple and clean interface that just works very well. 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

MultiLing Keyboard

MultiLing Keyboard is a feature-packed keyboard app, and while it lacks the understated sophistication of Google Keyboard it does bring a lot to the table. For example, it's the only app on the list to come with a calculator included and it has a plethora of customization options. If you're the kind of person who really likes to tinker with every little detail, this app is perfect for you. 

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MultiLing Keyboard has plenty of languages, some legible and others just made up of random symbols. / © Honso
Multiling O Keyboard + emoji Install on Google Play

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 just colors and themes; as a straight up keyboard for messaging quickly and comfortably, it 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 -Emoji Keyboard&Theme Install on Google Play

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. I’m a long-time fan of Swype, though I recognize the swiping technique is an acquired taste. If you want the best example of it, however, then look no further than Swype - the autospace feature alone means faster typing. 

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

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. Based on past messages you have typed, SwiftKey is able to guess what the next words in your sentence will be. There are some great options for keyboard size and layout including an intriguing “thumb” mode which creates a space between the left and right half of the keyboard.

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

Fleksy

Fleksy delivers accurate typing, and the simple swipe up and swipe down functions for correcting / adding new words to the dictionary are great. Pressing a button or swiping to make a space does seem slow when other keyboards come with automatic spacing, but for those not yet onboard with how swiping handles, this is my top recommendation for standard typing. There is an 'invisible' keyboard feature too!

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

Minuum 

The Minuum keyboard isn’t strictly QWERTY-based, but is capable of shrinking in size to allow the alphabet to sit on one line. It’s a unique interface and it genuinely offers something new and credible. I don't usually feel a need to minimize my keyboard, personally, but if it is something you want to do I don’t think you could find a smaller or more efficient solution. Will it speed things up for regular users? I'm not sure. Try it for yourself. 

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If nothing else, Minuum certainly looks cool. © ANDROIDPIT / Whirlscape
Minuum Keyboard Free + Emoji 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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  • Wong Gary 4 weeks ago Link to comment

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

    RealTouch Keyboard

  • Oliver 1 month ago Link to comment

    Swift key is the best....

  • John Love 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hacker's Keyboard
    the best!

  • Abrar 1 month 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.

  • Andrew Albano 1 month ago Link to comment

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

    • L.K. D. 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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!

  • Brian Olmstead 1 month ago Link to comment

    Swiftkey for the win

  • Ismaïl Abdus-Salam 1 month ago Link to comment

    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 1 month ago Link to comment

    Google keyboard is best.... :)

  • Gerardo Gutierrez 1 month ago Link to comment

    Which is the keyboard in the first photo plx

  • Grant 6 months ago Link to comment

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

  • J Gabri-El 6 months ago Link to comment

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

  • CJ Brown 6 months ago Link to comment

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

  • Leonardo 6 months ago Link to comment

    Was swift key before I upgraded to Lollipop :)

  • Alexandru Potîrlău 6 months ago Link to comment

    ai. type plus?

  • Pam O. 6 months ago Link to comment

    SwiftKey