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How to Customize the Galaxy S8 Keyboard



In this guide we’ll show you how to change and customize the Galaxy S8 keyboard. Whether you’re looking to change the keyboard color, background, or get rid of autocorrect, we’re here to help. This way you can add a little personalization to your phone, or even replace the Galaxy S8 keyboard completely.

Millions of people change the background and wallpaper on their phone, but did you know you can do the same thing to the keyboard? It’s arguably what you use on your phone the most, so you might as well make unique and fun.

Read: Common Galaxy S8 Keyboard Problems & Fixes

Samsung’s keyboard has a few options and controls, but it’s not nearly as customizable as you’d probably like. So, we’ll show you the few things you can do, then show you how to change the keyboard completely. Which opens up your options significantly so you can customize anything and everything and get the most from your phone.

Before we begin, it’s worth noting that the stock keyboard is pretty plain. Samsung doesn’t offer anything other than a “high contrast” option. This changes the keys to bright colors, but it’s not the best look. Instead, change your keyboard to GBoard, SwiftKey, or something else with more options.

Change the Galaxy S8 Keyboard Color

If you want to change the keyboard color on your Galaxy S8 you can. It’s actually really easy, but you only have a few options. That’s why we suggested downloading a new keyboard first. Alternatives like Gboard offer more customization, more colors, and more backgrounds.

Still, if you enjoy Samsung’s stock keyboard experience, here’s how to change the keyboard color.

  • 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
  • Choose Samsung Keyboard, then tap Keyboard layout & feedback
  • Next, select High Contrast Keyboard and choose one

Samsung gives you four different options for the Galaxy S8. However, if you download Gboard there are dozens of themes and options available by following similar instructions and choosing “themes”. See some of them in our next set of instructions.

Change the Galaxy S8 Keyboard

Our first recommendation is to change the keyboard on the Galaxy S8. Here’s a step-by-step guide with an instructional video to show you how. Or, follow the steps below. Before you begin, download one of these best keyboards for Android.

  • 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

You’ve successfully changed your keyboard to something else with more options, controls, features, and customization. Our first recommendation is Gboard, from Google. It’s one of the best all-around keyboards.

Change Galaxy S8 Keyboard Background

One of the most popular things to do with a keyboard is changing the background. Sadly, Samsung no longer offers this. As a result, download Gboard from our instructions earlier. Once you do, follow the steps to change your keyboard, then keep reading to add a new background color.

Basically, you go to the same Settings > General Management > Language > Keyboard > and choose your new keyboard from the list. Tap on-screen keyboard, and customize it using whatever options that are available to you. We’re using Gboard themes in our screenshots on the Galaxy S8.

Simply select a new keyboard size, button colors, borders, or an entire background. Or, choose one of your own photos on the phone and use it as the background. The choice is yours.

This is the easiest and fastest way to customize the Galaxy S8 keyboard.

Turn Off Galaxy S8 Autocorrect

Last but not least, we want to explain how to turn off autocorrect on the Galaxy S8. It’s one of the most frustrating aspects of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 keyboard, and something millions will want to get rid of while they customize their experience. Follow these quick steps and you’re all set.

  • Open Settings in the app tray or notification pulldown bar
  • Find and select General Management
  • Now, tap on Language & input and choose on-screen keyboard
  • Select Samsung Keyboard (or whatever keyboard you use)
  • Next, tap on Smart Typing
  • Uncheck Predictive Text (aka autocorrect)

Basically, by turning this off you’ll have full control over your keyboard experience. Which is what you probably want the most.

Now, you’ve successfully customized the entire keyboard on your Galaxy S8. Whether that’s changing the background color, adding a new keyboard completely, or trying some new themes and controls. This will help you type faster and get the most from your phone. While you’re here, take a peek at these 25 Galaxy S8 tips, tricks or hidden features.

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