Best keyboard apps

There’s a ton of different ways out there to change up your phone or tablet without buying a new one. Chances are you’ve had the same, classic keyboard since you first got the device. While there’s nothing wrong with that, variety is the spice of life, which is why we’re bringing you 7 of the best keyboard apps for Android.

With these keyboard apps, you’ll be amazed at what you can do just on your keyboard. From new ways to type, to playing mini games and searching for restaurants without ever leaving your messaging app, the features are amazing and basically endless. On top of that, you’ll have access to thousands of new emojis, themes, stickers, and GIFs that will really change the way your keyboard looks and how you type. So if you’re in need of something different, here’s our top 7 picks for the best keyboard apps for Android.

SwiftKey

If you tend to type slower, Swiftkey will give you new ways to automatically improve your speed. And even if you think you can type fast now, just wait until you try out this keyboard. From accurate word predictions based on things you actually say, to swipe-to-type methods, you’ll be amazed at how efficient you’ll become just by using Swiftkey.

However, Swiftkey isn’t merely efficient. With all of the color and theme options, available for any occasion or color scheme you can imagine, your phone or tablet keyboard has never been great looking.

Download it now: Google Play

Fleksy

Customizable to your heart’s content, Fleksy will give you the opportunity to create a keyboard just for you that fits your own preferences. The themes not only include colors, but popular movies as well. In addition to that, there’s 3 different sizes to choose from, and you can earn rewards just by using it.

What really sets Fleksy apart though is its GIF compatibility. In Fleksy, you’ll be able to browse and send GIFs to your friends. Beyond that, Fleksy has support for a ton of different stickers and emoji (over 800 to be exact). If you’re looking for a fun way to change up your phone, Fleksy is the way to go.

Download it now: Google Play

Gboard

It wouldn’t be one of our app guides without listing one of Google’s corresponding creations, and this time, it’s Gboard. Sleek and so easy to use, you’ll never want to go back to your old keyboard. With Gboard, you can take type regularly, or take advantage of the awesome glide or voice typing capabilities.

Similar to Flesky, Gboard is also GIF compatible. But one of our favorite features is the fact that in Gboard, you can search for your emoji. You can say goodbye to scrolling through every one of them trying to find the one you’re looking for, and instead simply do a quick search.

Download it now: Google Play

TouchPal

One of the most popular keyboard apps out there is TouchPal, and it’s no wonder. With features like TouchPal Curve, a clipboard that allows you to copy and paste several things at once, and a boost to charge your phone battery faster, there’s not a whole lot that the TouchPal keyboard can’t do.

Aesthetic wise, you can create your own theme or choose from over 400 others (including Disney themes). TouchPal also currently supports 97 languages, and it’s a breeze to set up. All you have to do is select your language, switch to TouchPal in your settings, and you’re good to go!

Download it now: Google Play

Swype

The name says it all. Swype is a simple keyboard geared toward swipe typing. Over time you’ll grow accustomed to it and become naturally faster at typing, but that’s not all. Similarly, over time, Swype will keep up with your typing style. Because everyone types differently, Swype will learn the way you do it and help you become more efficient.

And while other apps may focus solely on word prediction, in Swype, things are a little different. Based on how you’re typing and what you’re saying, Swype will actually recommend corresponding emojis that fit how you’re feeling or what you’re saying and doing, which makes for some pretty hilarious conversations.

Download it now: Google Play

Ginger

Ginger has all of your typical keyboard features, and then some. While you get word predictions, swiping abilities, etc, you also get some more exclusive features such as the Smart Bar, Translate, and mini games that will have you never wanting to go back to your old keyboard again. Just the smart bar itself will integrate your top-used apps into the keyboard for easy access to notes, emails, and so on.

The themes within Ginger are unique as well. While you can typically choose different colors or fun themes, many of the themes within Ginger are picture based. So whether you want to type with an awesome view of the Big Ben, or you’d rather see a wintry season, Ginger has plenty of different scenes to choose from.

Download it now: Google Play

TalkType

If you find yourself using the talk-to-type feature on your regular keyboard pretty often, why not download a keyboard that specializes in that? More accurate than your classic keyboard, you can quickly send off messages or have notes transcribed just by speaking. If you do notice a mistake before send it off, you can correct it by speaking, or by holding your finger on the word and looking at alternative suggestions.

But that’s not all TalkType can do. With TalkType, making plans with other people is extremely easy, because you don’t even need to close your conversation to browse restaurants or things to do in your location. Right from your TalkType keyboard, you can view and share local places on Yelp with whoever you’re texting.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re just looking to change the aesthetics of your keyboard, or you’re wanting to find one that fits and caters specifically to your favorite typing style, we hope you found a keyboard app on this list that fits what you’re in the market for. And who knows, maybe you even found a few to suggest to your friends!


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Nila

    Swype?? The original swyping keyboard and still the most accurate from my experience. The ability to swype over punctuation keys to get them, the ability to use hot key combo’s for things like copying and pasting?
    I find it far better than SwiftKey.

    • Nizam Ismail

      Touch palax is brilliant

      • Nizam Ismail

        Touch pal X the best

    • Alezis

      TOTALLY agree, Swype is the best keyboard I’ve used. I always use the “swyping” feature and swype is the best for the detection in my language (french) with accents on characters (é, à, è, ê, ect). The only thing that sucks is that you need to buy it where it used to be free on my galasy s4 until I updated to lollipop… huge mistake on top of all the ugly color scheme and other non sense found in lollipop…

  • Jason Haley

    While it’s not for everyone, I’m totally hooked on NovaKey. Steep learning curve but it’s worth the initial struggle.

  • april

    Why don’t you guys try ginger keyboard, it a nice one, word predictions is just the only the one prob

  • William Wolley

    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.