How to Switch Keyboard Types on My Android


If you don't like your Android device's stock keyboard, simply switch it out for another one. The Android operating system embraces user-interface customization, and the onscreen keyboard is just one of the many adjustable elements. Depending on the vendor, your Android device may include multiple keyboard options out of the box. Any additional keyboards you want to use have to be installed through Google Play (or a similar app store service) before you can use them.

How to Enable Downloaded Keyboards

  • Open the "Settings" app from the App listing menu.

  • Choose the "Language and input" option from the "Personal" subheading.

  • Tap to check the boxes next to each listed keyboard you want to enable.

How to Change the Android Keyboard During Text Entry (4.0+)

How to Change the Default Android Keyboard

  • Open the "Settings" app from the App listing menu.

  • Choose the "Language and input" option from the "Personal" subheading.

  • Tap the "Default" option and select which keyboard you want to use from the "Choose input method" pop-up window.

How to Change the Android Keyboard During Text Entry (Pre-4.0)

  • Open any app that uses keyboard text entry like "Chrome," "Messages" or "Email."

  • Press and hold any text entry field to launch the "Input Method" window.

  • Select the desired keyboard from the menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can download keyboard apps like SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy though the Google Play app store. Some keyboards have additional configuration options you can access by opening the keyboard app from the apps list menu. Keyboard app icons serve as a shortcut to the keyboard's settings. Additionally, keyboards may sport features that aren't turned on by default. Custom keyboards are installed and uninstalled the same way as apps. To uninstall a keyboard, go to the app menu, tap the "Settings" icon, choose "Uninstall/disable apps" and select the keyboard's app icon.
  • If your Android device runs Eclair, Froyo, Ginderbread or Honeycomb, it is pre-version 4.0 and uses the older keyboard toggle method. If your Android device runs Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean or KitKat it uses the newer keyboard toggle method.
  • Any third-party keyboards you install may not be fully tested and debugged for your device. It's possible that an error with the keyboard can cause the keyboard to crash during use. You can resolve the problem by uninstalling the problematic keyboard.
  • Some premium custom keyboards offer a free version with a trial period; once the trial period has elapsed, the keyboard will be no longer accessible.


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