How to Change Default Keyboard on Android

Introduction

If you’re frustrated with the default keyboard on your Android device, don’t worry, you can change it. You can download and try out different keyboards for your Android device from the Google Play store. In addition to a different keyboard layout, other keyboards may also give you the option to change your keyboard color or theme.

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Steps to Change Default Keyboard on Android

  1. Download the keyboard you want to use from the Google Play store on your Android device. In this example, I’ll download Google’s Gboard.
  2. Swipe up on your Android device’s home screen to display the Apps screen, and then tap “Settings.”
  3. Scroll down and tap “General Management,” and then tap “Language and Input” on the General Management screen.
  4. Tap “On-screen Keyboard” in the Keyboards section, and then tap “Manage Keyboards” on that screen. The keyboard app you installed on your Android device should be displayed in this list.
  5. Tap to turn on the toggle associated with the keyboard you installed on your Android device that you want to use. In this example I’ll turn on Gboard. A warning may appear that your keyboard may be able to collect the text you type and personal information. Tap “OK” on that warning.
  6. Navigate back to the Language and Input screen, and then tap “Default Keyboard.” Choose the keyboard you want to change to use. The window will close and your new keyboard will be shown in the Default Keyboard section. Now your newly selected keyboard will show up whenever a keyboard is displayed going forward.

5 Reasons to Change Your Android Default Keyboard

1. Customization

Who doesn’t love a personal touch? Changing your keyboard lets you tweak every aspect. From vibrant themes to key shapes and fonts, the options are endless. You can even adjust key heights and widths. This ensures that your typing experience is as unique as you are. Many keyboards offer live themes that change with the weather or time of day. It’s not just about aesthetics. The functional layout can be tailored too. Imagine having a keyboard that feels just right under your fingers.

2. Enhanced Features

Feature-rich third-party keyboards are a game changer. They come packed with tools like swipe typing, predictive text, and more. Swipe typing allows you to type words by sliding your finger from key to key. This can drastically speed up your typing. Predictive text technology learns from your language patterns. It then suggests words as you type. Some keyboards even support GIFs, emojis, and stickers natively. This can make messaging a lot more fun and expressive. Plus, features like clipboard tools let you manage copied texts more efficiently.

3. Better Language Support

The default keyboard might not cut it for multilingual users. Third-party keyboards often support a wider range of languages and dialects. They also provide better autocorrect and prediction capabilities in those languages. This is crucial for anyone who regularly communicates in multiple languages. You can switch between languages with a simple swipe or tap. This makes it easier to maintain conversations in several languages without missing a beat.

4. Privacy and Security

Privacy-conscious users, take note. Some third-party keyboards prioritize your data security. They offer robust encryption and promise not to log your keystrokes. This is a big deal if you’re worried about your data being harvested. Always check the keyboard’s privacy policy before downloading. This ensures they meet your standards. With the right keyboard, you can type confidently, knowing your input is secure.

5. Accessibility Features

Accessibility is a strong reason to switch keyboards. Many alternative keyboards come with features that make typing easier for those with physical or visual impairments. Options like high-contrast themes, larger keys, and voice-to-text capabilities are often built-in. These features can significantly improve the typing experience for everyone. Plus, they make technology more inclusive. This is key in a world where everyone deserves equal access to digital resources.

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