How to Change Google Gboard Keyboard Height on Android Phone or Tablet

Introduction

Google’s Gboard keyboard is the default keyboard on Google’s flagship phones and tablets, and some other mobile device’s that use the Android operating system. Out of the box the keyboard is set to a normal height. However, if you need to adjust it, Google gives you a handful of options and makes it easy to change the height of the Gboard keyboard on your Android device. You can see images associated with these steps in the YouTube video above and the image collection below.

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Steps to Change Google Gboard Keyboard Height on Android Phone or Tablet

  1. Tap inside of the Google search box on your Android device’s home screen. You’ll land on a screen prompting you to search your phone with a keyboard on the lower part of the screen.
  2. Tap the “Settings” icon at the top of the keyboard. The Keyboard Settings screen will be displayed.

  1. Tap “Preferences” in this menu. The Preferences screen opens.

  1. Navigate to the Layout section, and then tap “Keyboard Height.”

A Keyboard Height window appears, displaying various options for displaying your Android keyboard height. To give a visual representation, you can choose extra short, short, mid short, normal, mid tall, tall and extra tall. After making your new selection your keyboard height will be applied going forward.

Reasons to Consider Changing the Height of Your Google Gboard Keyboard on Your Android Phone or Tablet

1. Personal Comfort

When it comes to typing on your Android phone or tablet, comfort is key. Changing the height of your Gboard keyboard can help you find the perfect position to reduce strain on your fingers, hands, and wrists. You might find that a taller keyboard allows you to keep your wrists in a more neutral position, while a shorter keyboard allows you to reach the keys more easily without stretching your fingers too far. By adjusting the height of your keyboard, you can create a more comfortable and ergonomic typing experience that will help you stay productive and pain-free.

2. Accessibility

For users with disabilities or motor impairments, typing on a keyboard can be a challenge. However, by changing the height of the Gboard keyboard on their Android device, they can find a more accessible position that works for their unique needs. A taller keyboard may be easier to use for those with limited mobility in their hands, while a shorter keyboard may be more comfortable for those who have difficulty reaching the keys. By making these adjustments, users can improve their ability to communicate and stay connected with others.

3. Screen Size

Depending on the size of your Android device’s screen, you may find that the default keyboard height is not ideal. For example, on a larger screen, a taller keyboard may be necessary to help you see the text being typed, while on a smaller screen, a shorter keyboard may be more appropriate to avoid obscuring other on-screen elements. By adjusting the height of your Gboard keyboard, you can find the perfect balance between usability and visibility, regardless of your device’s screen size.

4. Typing Speed

If you’re someone who spends a lot of time typing on your Android phone or tablet, you know how important speed and accuracy can be. By changing the height of your Gboard keyboard, you may find that you can type faster and more accurately than before. For example, if you have larger hands, a taller keyboard may allow you to type more quickly by reducing the distance between the keys. On the other hand, if you have smaller hands, a shorter keyboard may be easier to use and allow you to type more quickly and accurately.

5. Language Support

Depending on the language you’re typing in, a taller or shorter keyboard may be more appropriate to accommodate specific character sets or layout requirements. For example, some languages may require a taller keyboard to include additional accent marks or diacritical symbols, while others may require a shorter keyboard to avoid overcrowding the keys. By adjusting the height of your Gboard keyboard, you can ensure that you have access to all of the characters you need to communicate effectively in any language.

6. Preference

Ultimately, the height of your Gboard keyboard may come down to personal preference. Whether you like a taller keyboard for aesthetic reasons or a shorter keyboard for ease of use, there’s no right or wrong answer. By experimenting with different keyboard heights, you can find the perfect fit for your individual typing style and preferences.

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