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! 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.
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.
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. Fleky’s future is a bit unknown. Pinterest bought the company and took the developers. However, another startup began development on the app again. Currently, Thingthing develops the app while the original Fleksy team works for Pinterest. It’s confusing, but it’s not big deal. The keyboard is still really good.
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. It’s a powerful keyboard. The best part is that it’s also totally free to use with no in-app purchases.
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 still missing features like gesture typing (swiping). However, we’re sure that feature is in the works. It’s otherwise an excellent, if somewhat simple, keyboard.
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.
Of all the Android keyboards on this list, Minuum Keyboard probably wins the award for thinking outside of the box. It comes with a standard looking keyboard that is lightly configurable but the main feature is the mini-mode that makes the keyboard about as tall as your thumb nail. It boasts the ability to let you type sloppy and automatically know what you’re saying. There is a learning curve and a period of time where you’ll need to get used to it, but it’s definitely unique and useful once you get it down. You get a 30-day free trial. Once that’s over, the app costs $3.99.
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. Just make sure you’re okay with not having a spell checker. It’s great for old devices, devices with very little storage, and those who are super concerned about security.
Smart Keyboard Pro has been around for a very long time and one of the few older Android keyboards. Thankfully, it still gets regular updates. It’s a simple keyboard that delivers the basic experience along with a few modern features. You’ll get emoji, auto-correct, predictions, and more. The keyboard also has skins, a T9 mode, a compact mode, and support for hardware keyboards. It’s not quite as dazzling as some, but it’s not bad if you need something simple that just works. You can try a free demo before you purchase the keyboard.
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.
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!