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The 6 best keyboard apps for Android: because everyone has a type

The 6 best keyboard apps for Android: because everyone has a type

You might be happy with the stock Android keyboard - and for good reason, it's a solid and dependable option. That doesn't necessarily make it the most fun, easy to use or most productive option though. So we've put together a list of some of the best Android keyboard apps available for download today.

We use our smartphones so much, which means that finding the right keyboard app for you can really make a difference. All those little conveniences really add up. The following apps all have certain advantages that make them the best swipe keyboards for Android, as well as regular ones, available right now.

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  1. Swiftkey
  2. Minuum
  3. Gboard
  4. Cheetah
  5. Fleksy
  6. Facemoji Keyboard

SwiftKey

You're probably familiar with, or at least know about, SwiftKey's Android keyboard app. The main bulk of what you should know is that it offers predictions for key-by-key, swipe input, and a variety of different sized keyboards to fit all needs. However, you can't freely resize it, as you can with some other keyboard apps

SwiftKey for Android features a toolbar that allows users to quickly call up stickers and GIFs for a timely and witty visual response. You can even use your own pictures to create custom stickers. To use the Toolbar, just tap the “+” on the left of the prediction bar.

There's also a good range of default themes you can apply to the keyboard, and if you want more there's a whole theme store where you can buy them individually or in packs. You can also choose to enable a separate number row across the top of the keyboard, or integrate the numbers into the top row of letters. SwiftKey is also a good option if you need to install a number of different languages too.

Its appeal, however, lies in the accuracy of predictions, which will continue to improve as you use it. SwiftKey isn't the most exciting option on this list, but it's been around a long time now and provides a dependable, customizable option.

Add in stats for most frequently used words (and which categories they come from) you can see how much time you've saved by using SwiftKey, so there's enough to warrant checking it out if you haven't recently.

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SwiftKey's Android app has a whole range of neat features. / © AndroidPIT

Minuum

Minuum is a little different to others in this list, as it employs a swiping method in conjuction with a predictive word engine that's really pretty smart. Its main way of doing this is by reducing the multi-line qwerty into just two lines of characters, which is where the smart predictions come in handy - this means you don't need to hit the right letters very often. 

You can, of course, use Minuum in its non-minimized mode too. Here you get the full keypad and numbers, but the main appeal of the keyboard is that small row of minimized keys. You can also access different emojis from both the expanded and minimized keyboard modes. Switching between modes is as easy as dragging the keyboard up or down.

It's a potentially unnatural way to use a keyboard when you first try it but, providing you stick with it, you'll almost certainly get faster. Whether or not you'll be able to go back to a normal keyboard so efficiently is a different question. It does offer support for a range of languages and the ability to change the keyboard theme too. There's also an option that changes the theme multiple times throughout the days automatically.

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Minuum's single row of keys is a novel approach to an Android keyboard, if you can get used to it. / © AndroidPIT

Gboard

The Google keyboard offers a simple and clean interface, but also many smart features. In addition to a modern look, the text-to-speech function allows you to write messages with your voice, and it recognizes many different languages. This keyboard is found by default on Nexus and Pixel smartphones. Just like Swiftkey, Google's keyboard remembers everything you type and is able to optimize its suggestions.

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Gboard in action. / © AndroidPIT

Cheetah Keyboard

Looking to add some style and flair to your everyday keyboard? Cheetah has all of the traditional features such as improved predictive texting, autocorrect, and the integration of an online dictionary to provide accurate suggestions. You can also have a lot of fun with it thanks to voice inputs, GIFs, memes and emoji all at your fingertips. 

Cheetah keyboard stands out for its visual customization options, with 3D reactions. It supports DIY themes that you can put together from hundreds of different fonts, sounds, and backgrounds to make a keyboard that really looks unique.

Fleksy

Fleksy allows you to write messages quickly, without sacrificing your desire to personalize your phone. Forget the old and boring black and white keyboards! Say hello to color! There are many free and paid themes.

Fleksy, also allows you to send emoji, stickers and GIFs directly from the keyboard. You can select predicted words as you type or customize the size of the spacebar to suit your needs. Finally, you can swipe to access different features, like autocorrect.

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This is Fleksy. / © AndroidPIT

Facemoji Keyboard

If you are big on emojis, as the kids are these days, something like Facemoji Keyboard (or to give it its full title,     
Facemoji Keyboard-Emoji Keyboard, Theme, GIF, Sticker...) will be right up your alley. This keyboard app for Android has more than 3,600 emojis, emoticons, free GIFs, symbols and stickers to send to your friends and family. The selection is so vast, you will never have to type another word with actual letters again!

There's some artificial intelligence in there to help with predicting what emojis you will need, as well as an emoji quiz feature where you have to guess the meaning of a string of combined emojis - perfect for those of us who are still learning this new language!

What's your favorite Android keyboard? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • SwiftKey is very good for English Typing. But for Devnagri I prefer Gboard.


  • Swiftkey absolutely


  • I dislike the prediction / autocorrection features and switch them off (I get SMSs regularly from a family member whose iPhone is intercepting and making nonsense of what she writes.) Some years ago I bought Smart Keyboard (Dexilog) for the things I do want: 1. a number row, and 2. nearly all "special characters" by long-press on the main keyboard. Its basic themes are attractive. (I won't use Google's or OEM keyboards, for privacy reasons.)


  • With App "User Dictionary Plus" you can import into your device words you actually use and get them auto suggested during the writing. So you can speed up your typing.

    How? It learns new words from your Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Gmail, SMS and so on..

    It's available on Google Play


  • I'm interested in an input method with even larger keys which means it cant be qwerty. I'm experimenting now with ComboKey Plus that allows typing with one hand, the same hand holding the device. It has no autocorrect or prediction but hitting the keys is easier on the other hand.


  • I consider Slash Keyboard which you haven't mentioned in your list. It has a few unique features along with the basic ones. It delivers built-in search option for YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook and others.


  • Even with the stock keyboard(Except for the way it handles capitalization), keyboards have come a long way. Functions are greater to a level that sometimes, I think that it's overdone. If the stock keyboard would stay away from appleish functions(capital actions), it would be all that's needed, you can change the look with substratum, to rival any other aesthetic look of other keyboards, and voice functions can be handled by assistant functions.


  • storm Aug 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Gboard had been my preference. Simple, yet fully featured, fantastic gesture typing, at least in English.


  • Samsung keyboard is now available to download from the play store,hope we get different colour keyboards at last from Samsung to compete with the others


  • Fleksy Is the best keyboard, the design is very modern, very smooth, the layout is also modern, unfortunately the development of the application stalled


  • I Have ai.type keyboard plus. Best ever. This is the paid one but the free one is excellent as well. So much to customize in it to make it yours. Tried so many and found this the best


    • I used it for a few weeks and really liked it. Then it got blocked with a message from Google Play (I downloaded it through Aptoide).


  • Google Keyboard is the best IMO... I've tried ALL them, but always come back to Google (Sony's Keyboard is pretty close!)... Top 5 Android keyboards IMO: #1 Google/GBoard - Can't go wrong
    #2 Sony Xperia Keyboard (find modded ver if don't own a Sony phone) - Close 2ND to Google and awesome keyboard in own right
    #3 Ginger/Chrooma - Chrooma is like Google Keyboard, but I still prefer Googles feel/responsiveness...Ginger Keyboard is top 3 best, If not #1, but the price to unlock full potential is steep/ridiculous...
    #4 SwiftKey/Swype - Personal opinion on this one... I like both, but not enough to switch from Google or Sony
    #5 Flesky/Minimuum - Want to like these keyboards, but without swype/gesture typing, it's hard to love them...


  • Typany is perhaps another keyboard that should be on the list. It is very simple to use and has quite good auto-correction as well as word prediction, well, at least in English. There is a lot of things that you can customise on the keyboard. And above all, it is super small and is never a burden for your limited storage.


  • Bah! Give me a REAL qwarty KB. One that does exactly what a PC or 'nix KB does. That's "Hacker's Keyboard" If you're a PC user or (especially) a programmer/coder, this is really the only choice. And it's free -and- NO ADS! just be sure to also install the (separate) companion dictionary apk.
    -= Hummer =-


    • I like the fact that it has no ads. I have been using it for a few weeks now, but the keys are too small for me, leading to a lot a typos to be corrected. I also find it a hassle to have to switch back and forth when I need to include numbers. Then, I have only been able to find a good functioning dictionary in English, none for the other languages in which I write.
      So....still looking for one that works well for my needs.


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  • I have tried lots of keyboard apps, but in my opinion, recently released Typany keyboard is the best. No ads, all free and plenty of bright and colorful themes, much more better than Go keyboard.


    • Look This Video For Best Android Keyboard . How To Download It . Also Its Revewes.
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  • Fleksy is the best and fastest. I wonder why there is no mention of it.


  • Fleksy keyboard best one very fast and easy....


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    Deactivated Account Nov 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung keyboard is great today. Secondary for me is SwiftKey

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  • I am a former Symbian Belle user and spanish is my native tongue. In spanish, we use letters with diacritic marks (á, é, í, ó, ú, ü), and we also have the "ñ" which is a letter by itself. Besides that, we also use opening exclamation and question marks (¡, ¿).

    The "ñ" is handled fine by most keyboards with spanish layout, but the problem comes with the diacritic marks and the opening marks.

    In all these keyboards (Google included), in order to type a character such as "á", you need to long press "a", then wait for the popup to appear, and then choose between 10 different characters including "ã", "ä", "à", "å", "æ", "ā", "ą", which aren't used in spanish at all. Would it be too hard to show a dedicated dead key "´", so typing "´"+"a" would give us "á"? It worked great in Symbian and made the typing flow natural.

    When I start a sentence (after a period and a space), all letters in the keyboard turn to capitals, and that is a great time-saver. But the question mark key remains like "?" instead of "¿", and the same with the exclamation mark. Therefore, if I want to write a question, I have to press "?!☺" to make the keyboard layout change, then press "?", wait for the popup to appear, and finally choose "¿". Would it be too hard to include the "?" and "!" keys in the main layout and make them automagically change to "¿" and "¡" whenever a sentence begins? It also worked great in Symbian.

    Finally, whenever you want to edit what you're typing (for example, in the middle of a word) you have to either touch *exactly* that position or -if you are a Google keyboard user- you have to slide across the space bar to make the cursor move. Would it be too hard to add two arrows (left and right) to position the cursor? Guess what: it also worked great in Symbian.

    So, three simple things:
    1. Diacritical dead key(s).
    2. Smart question and exclamation marks.
    3. Cursor movement keys.

    I am sure that it will benefit non-english speakers in general.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.


    • Your best choice would be messagease... It is actualy the one I use for the exact same reason. Por los acentos en las vocales, la diéresis... Porque supuestamente pones el teclado en Español y salen mil caracteres que no pertenecen al idioma... Messagease está adelantado en ese aspecto


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    • I use SwiftKey for typing in Spanish and it works rather well with a few customizations. The first setting I adjust is the long press duration - I change it from 500 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds. Next, download and turn on the Spanish language pack of your choice (European or Latin American Spanish).

      SwiftKey uses an elegant solution to providing punctuation without cluttering the keyboard with extra keys: question and exclamation marks are accessed by long pressing the period, so there are no dedicated keys for these punctuation marks. As such it is just as quick and easy to create the "¿" and "¡" as "?" and "!" - and especially quick with the shorter long press activation setting.

      Accents are quite easy. The auto-correct and prediction engine works very well, especially if you turn off the English language pack leaving only the Spanish language pack on. As you type you can select the predicted word with all accents correctly placed. Where the word is ambiguous you do have to tap on the word you want when both the accented and non-accented words are real words. For example, "se" vs. "sé", "como" vs. "cómo". But type a word that only has the accented form, such as "tambien", and it is automagically changed to "también" without any extra key press. You can even enter the predicted / autocorrected word before you finish typing it and sometimes it is predicted and you can enter it before you even START typing the word.

      As an alternative to using the predictive engine for accents, you can use long press for accents. The custom setting for "long press duration" is what makes this work so well for me. 250 ms feels to me like it is very quick and responsive, but not so quick that I accidentally trigger the long press function when I don't want it. After using 250 milliseconds anything longer feels extremely slow. Built in keyboards and other keyboards that do not let you change the long-press duration are missing a key feature in my opinion. In settings you can turn on or off "Long press to see all available accents". With this setting on you will see all accents for all languages when you long press a key (for example, "á", "ã", "ä", "à", "å", "æ", "ā", "ą"). If you make sure this is OFF and Spanish language is ON, you will ONLY see Spanish specific accent marks ("á", "ú", "ü", "ñ", etc.).

      Also in the settings you can turn on cursor keys.

      You may like it. I certainly do. And I find it satisfies for me all of the concerns you raised. The only one it doesn't do exactly as you have outlined is the smart punctuation. But with the quick long press duration, I can get to "¿" and "¡" just as quickly as "?" and "!".


    • The same problem with the diacriyics I have in greek. Try multiling o keyboard. If there is something missplaced, you can change it. Plus, it enables scrolling between the letters with the sound keys.


  • No one love the Swiftkey..Swype Dragon have the best predictions than any of the other Keyboards..


  • New Fancykey is very good as you can make one of your photos into a keyboard plus personalise other parts of the keyboard


  • I use a modified apk of the Xperia keyboard on my Nexus 6 and I love it. Very smart and intuitive. My second favorite is LG's keyboard.


  • I've tested: ai.type, SlideIT, Swiftkey, TouchPal among others, none was as good as the old Swype in my Symbian days. Swype in Android it's no free, so I just came back to the JellyBean keyboard, which I like over other keyboards in recents Android Versions.


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  • Messagease is the best IMHO. Not many people knows it. Messagease is smart and keep in consideration that a smartphone keyboard cannot be an ordinary keyboard. It has a higher learning curve maybe, but no typing errors will occur, and is fast. And if you want to practice you can download a game to play with it.


  • 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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    Deactivated Account May 25, 2016 Link to comment

    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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


    • 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.


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


  • Paolo Mar 25, 2016 Link to comment

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


  • --- Dec 30, 2015 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.


    • Pat Feb 20, 2016 Link to comment

      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.


    • Long pressing with SwiftKey will delete whole words rather than single letters. Makes needing a delete key irrelevant.


  • "... 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..."

    This setting is also present in TouchPal; I'm actually using it as we speak.


    • Anton May 17, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes, it indeed does. But TouchPal is so bloated right now it's almost unusable. Too bad, it's been the best keyboard for me for a few years.


  • joost Dec 26, 2015 Link to comment

    On my one plus X I got swift key pre installed. But I prefer the Swype because it does a far better job in predicting my texts especially in the Dutch language which is my mother tongue. I only miss the arrows of swift on this keyboard.


  • I was looking for something radically different & gave NovaKey a shot. There's a steep learning curve that will turn many people away, as well as those into emojis(I couldn't care less). I can't go back to a "regular" keyboard now, although Minuum looks interesting. It's free & worth a try.


    • Have you tried KeyMonk? (Simultaneous, two-finger sweeping). I agree with you about this list--not very innovative.


  • I tried Fleksy and its autocorrect was so bad I had to uninstall it. It would fight me over acronyms and names, correcting them two or three times, and choosing a correct alternative was not the easiest. It's too bad, because I enjoyed the UI and the larger keyboard. I switched to SwiftKey and haven't looked back.


  • Dave Nov 30, 2015 Link to comment

    You should include SwiftKey Neural Alpha. It's way more accurate than the normal SwiftKey


  • I use the google messenger.


  • I'm useing Google keyboard and I'm pleased with it.


  • blackberry keyboard from bbpriv


  • i want to buy a smartphone ...
    1)samsung note 5
    2)samsung s6 edge
    which one i should buy please tell me any one


  • good one.


  • 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. :)


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

    RealTouch Keyboard


  • Oliver Jun 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Swift key is the best....


  • Hacker's Keyboard
    the best!


  • Abrar Jun 15, 2015 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?


    • 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


      • I have used TouchPal for some time, it's a really good keyboard, you can just swipe the upper letters and write numbers, instead of maintaing pushin some case.

        But recently every day appears a gift box near the right upper corner of the keyboard, and each time it appears and I don't touch it a vibration comes out.
        It's really annoying, ok, it's free stuff, but I rather see it when I have the time for it, no each time I end a sentence. This makes me stay with the Xperia Keyboard when I recently change my smartphone.

        How can I get rid of it? Do I have to purcharse some PRO version?


    • Just check your TouchPal settings dude.. There's a world of custom layers present in that section!


  • 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 Jun 15, 2015 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.


  • Google keyboard is best.... :)


  • Which is the keyboard in the first photo plx


  • Grant Jan 24, 2015 Link to comment

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


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


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


  • Was swift key before I upgraded to Lollipop :)


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    Deactivated Account Jan 23, 2015 Link to comment

    ai. type plus?


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