For many people, the default keyboard that comes on their devices is passable. It is usually either the stock Android keyboard or the OEM keyboard from Samsung, LG, etc. However, those are not your only options. There are a variety of third party keyboard apps for Android that have all sorts of features.
Some focus more on fun and customization. Others focus on better typing. Some even do both! These days, Microsoft’s SwiftKey and Google’s Gboard kind of dominate the market. It’s definitely not the robust part of the app industry these days. There are still some good options, though. Let’s take a look at the best Android keyboards! We would like to wish a warm bon voyage to Swype as it reaches its end of life. If you can stomach the learning curve, DOTKey is a neat idea as well.
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AI Type Keyboard Pro has been around for a long time and it’s a solid keyboard option. It comes with a lot of the standard features, including prediction, auto-complete, emoji, and keyboard customization. There is also over a thousand themes to add to your customization. The free version is a trial that lasts for 18 days and then you have to fork out the $3.99. You can stay on the free version, but some features will disappear. It’s also one of the few Android keyboards with a number row. The app did have a minor security issue toward the end of 2017, but it has since been rectified.
FancyFey is one of the flashier Android keyboards. It focuses a lot more on customization options, themes, and stuff like that. The app features over 50 themes, 70 fonts, and 3,200 emoji and emoticons. You should be able to come up with some creative combinations with those. The actual type settings are uninspiring, but perfunctory. You get some auto-correct and auto-suggestion features along with gesture typing and support for 50 languages. Some Google Play reviews complain about the occasional bug or issue. However, it seemed to work well during our testing. If it doesn’t work for you, well, we have nine other options listed.
Fleksy is one of the most popular Android keyboards. It features all of the basics, including swipe and gesture controls, web search, GIF and meme support, themes, extensions, and more. Some of the themes are free. However, several cost money as well. Thankfully, they’re not too expensive. Pinterest bought the company and took the developers. However, another startup began development on the app again. The keyboard is totally free and most of the in-app purchases are just themes.
Gboard is Google’s official stock keyboard. It comes with a lot of the basic features such as auto-correction, multi-lingual typing, and various customization features. Its claim to fame, though, is that Google Search is built-in. That means you can conduct searches without leaving the keyboard space. There is also a GIF search, voice typing, and Google Translate. Google adds features to this keyboard on a fairly frequent basis. Thus, it isn’t quite the minimal, simple keyboard it used to be. However, it’s still decent.
Grammarly is one of the newer Android keyboards. It started life as a Chrome extension and it corrected your grammar as you typed. The Android keyboard version aims to do the same thing. It checks your grammar and spelling as well as punctuation. It’s newer, so it’s very much still in development. We expect more features to come with future updates. You still get a very clean looking keyboard that helps correct grammar mistakes in the meantime. We also like how it explains your corrections if you want it to so that you learn from it as well. The keyboard is entirely free as far as we can tell.
Multiling O Keyboard is the one stop shop if you need multiple languages. In fact, this keyboard app supports over 200 languages at the time of this writing which is more than pretty much every other Android keyboard. On top of superior language support, you’ll get gesture typing, the ability to set up a PC-style keyboard layout, keyboard resizing and re-positioning, themes, emoji, various layouts, and the all-important number row. It’s a powerful option for you multi-linguists out there. More and more keyboards support more and more languages. However, nobody does it quite as well as Multiling.
Simple Keyboard is the most minimal Android keyboard on the list. It only comes with the basics. That includes the keyboard, a few customization settings, and a few themes. The only permission it has is vibration and that’s for haptic feedback while typing. This is the one you want if you just want a basic, bare-bones keyboard. It also has no ads, no premium version, no in-app purchases, and it’s open source. It requires only the bare minimum in terms of permissions as well. Just make sure you’re okay with not having a spell checker or anything super fancy like that. It’s great for old devices, devices with very little storage, and those who are super concerned about security.
SwiftKey is definitely among the best Android keyboards ever. It has top of the line prediction and auto-correction along with gesture typing, cloud syncing so all of your devices can stay up to date, themes, keyboard customization, a number row, and more. It also has above average language support with over 100 languages supported. The keyboard and all of its features are free but you’ll have to pay for most of the themes. The keyboard was recently purchased by Microsoft which turned many people away from SwiftKey but for now, it works as it always has.
TouchPal keyboard is one of the older keyboards on Android. It received many updates over the years and remains at least somewhat relevant today. It currently boasts a bunch of customization and typing options. That includes over 5,000 themes, over 300 emoji, and individually customizable keyboard themes. It’s also one of the few keyboards with a functional T9 keyboard layout. It’s still struggling a bit with its cloud prediction, something that SwiftKey and Gboard generally seem to do better with. However, it remains a solid option in an app market without too many new keyboard options out there.
Typani is one of the newer Android keyboards. It doesn’t have a ton of features, but it does have a ton of flash. It boasts tons of themes, stickers, emoji, and more. There is also support for over 90 languages. Some of the other features include word prediction, auto-correction, and various keyboard layouts. It’s a very solid option overall. Perhaps the best part that it’s all entirely free with no in-app purchases. It’s a flashy keyboard for sure even if it’s not overly functional.
If we missed any of the best Android keyboards, tell us about them in the comments!