How to Change the Keyboard on a Phone

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An excellent feature of on-screen cell phone keyboards is that they tend to have much more flexibility and many more options than physical keyboards. If you have a smart phone with a touch screen that utilizes an on-screen keyboard, you may have a number of options available for changing the functionality and feedback of your keyboard. This can make texting and navigating with your keyboard that much more efficient, particularly if your phone offers the ability to use suggested words and auto-complete.

  • Turn on your phone and navigate to the "Settings" menu.

  • Select the Keyboard menu setting. For most Android phones, this will be "Locale & text."

  • Select the "Keyboard" or "Input" option.

  • Choose from the various features offered to change your keyboard as desired. Some options may include vibrate on keypress, sound on keypress, and auto-capitalization. More elaborate options may include quick fixes, which allows you to correct commonly typed mistakes; show suggestions, which displays suggested words when you're typing; and auto-complete, which automatically inserts the highlighted word from the suggested list. As well, some phones have the option to increase the size of the keyboard buttons.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that turning your phone sideways, also known as "landscape mode," often makes the keyboard easier to use as it typically increases the size of the keyboard.
  • Many phones also have a touch-screen-calibration feature, which can increase or decrease the sensitivity of the touch screen. Customizing the touch sensitivity to suit your liking will make keyboard usage, as well as your overall phone usage, much smoother.

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