Most people use whatever keyboard comes installed on their smartphone. However, millions of users download replacement keyboards instead. Which offer better features, more customization, or a faster and better typing experience. With that in mind, these are the best keyboards for Android.
The default app on your Samsung, LG or HTC smartphone probably works fine. That said, thousands of alternatives are on the Google Play Store. Swype was popular for years, Swiftkey has amazing text prediction, and so on. The options and customization are endless. Our personal favorite is Gboard, from Google.
Luckily there are a variety of third party keyboards for Android (and even a few for iOS) that add tons of features. Everything from swiping gestures, GIFs, themes, backgrounds and more. If you want to text like a pro, try one of the many detailed below.
The video above is a quick look at Gboard, which replaced Google Keyboard. It’s our first choice. Over the past few years keyboards have really improved. Samsung bundles the popular Swiftkey app in all of their flagship smartphones. Although you’d never be able to tell. Not to mention almost every major manufacturer has swipe or gesture-typing and emoji support.
Everything you’d ever want from a touch keyboard is available for Android. Multiple developers have released stunning options, and these are a few of our favorites. All of the keyboards mentioned below offer additional features that stock keyboards don’t. In addition to some level of customization, themes, or are secure.
Be sure to use caution when trying keyboards on Google Play, and only install or use one from a trusted developer. Some could potentially log keystrokes and banking information. This warning appears whenever you change the default keyboard, but it’s worth mentioning. In closing, every one on our list below is a trusted developer worth using. These are the best keyboards for Android.
Gboard by Google
For years many enjoyed Google Keyboard. Essentially the stock Android keyboard available from Google Play for other devices. However, over the years Google has improved it into what's potentially the best keyboard for Android. Hands-down.
Gboard was first introduced for iPhone, after Apple started to allow third party keyboards. Then eventually Google released it for Android and replaced their original option. It has everything one will ever need from a touch keyboard. It's completely free, has tons of customization, themes, and most importantly -- Google built in.
As you saw from the video above, there's a little "G" logo above the keyboard. Which allows users to get directions, share directions to a restaurant, do Google searches or send a GIF all from the web. Right inside the keyboard without leaving the app you're already in. It's amazingly helpful once you remember that the option exists. Between the modest theme options, gesture (swiping to text) controls and word prediction, this is the most feature-filled android keyboard. And our #1 recommendation.