In this guide we’ll show you how to change the keyboard on Samsung’s Galaxy S9. While there are a lot of settings to change, replacing the keyboard is one of the first things millions of people do. Whether that’s to fix keyboard problems, autocorrect issues, or simply add some extra customization.
There are a few different reasons you might want to change your keyboard. It could be to get the latest emoji characters, or because replacement keyboards are typically better, faster, and have more features.
Changing the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ keyboard only takes a few seconds in the settings menu. Once you download one of the many 3rd party keyboards, just follow our instructions and video below. Then, you can customize almost everything. From the size of the keys, add a background image, send GIFs, or even do Google searches right from your keyboard.
Our video is from the Galaxy S8, but the steps are identical on Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. You’ll just want to follow the steps, set the new keyboard as your default keyboard, and you’re all done. Here are step-by-step instructions and where to go in settings for those that can’t watch the video.
How to Change the Galaxy S9 Keyboard
Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear-shaped settings button
Scroll down and select General Management
Next, choose Language & input
From here select On-screen keyboard
and tap Manage Keyboards
Now turn on the keyboard you want, and turn off Samsung’s keyboard
Next, hit back once and tap on Default Keyboard (the second option)
Select Gboard, or your keyboard of choice
Over the years Samsung has made it pretty difficult to replace their keyboard, but you still can. You just need to know what to tap, how to turn it off, and you’re all set.
Now that you’ve successfully got rid of Samsung’s pretty basic keyboard, you can enjoy one that’s far more customizable and powerful. We prefer Gboard, by Google. You can change the theme, key colors, add a background wallpaper image, and it’s full of emoji and GIFs to keep conversations fun.