August 22, 2014

How to change your keyboard [Android 101]

Android 101

Sometimes the stock keyboard on your Android device just doesn’t cut it. With great alternate keyboards out there like Swiftkey, Google Keyboard, and Fleksy, you may want to think about trying out another one. Here’s our walkthrough for changing your keyboard.

KEEP IN MIND: Not all Android phones are the same. Some will have more steps required to complete each task, others will have less. At AndroidGuys, we will do our best to walk you through each task as well as we can.

keyboard 1

First, download a keyboard. If you don’t have a preference quite yet, head to the Play Store and search “keyboard”. Don’t be intimidated on the number of results, though. We’d recommend either Swiftkey or the Google Keyboard, but Fleksy is nice, too. Once you download your new keyboard, move on to the next step.

keyboard 2

Next, you’ll need to open up a text field. The easiest way to do this is to start a text message. Once your keyboard pops up, pull down the notification shade. You should see a notification to “Choose input method”. Click that, and you should see a list of keyboards. Choose the one you just downloaded.

Here’s where the process differs a bit. You’ll need to go through some steps to enable new keyboards, but don’t worry! The app will walk you through it. Once finished, you should be taken back to your text message. Your keyboard has been changed!

If you’d like to switch back to your other keyboard, pull down the notification shade and select the keyboard you’d like.

Still having trouble? Head to the comments and we will do our best to help you out! If there is anything you would like to suggest to AndroidGuys or to any other readers, feel free to use the comment section below!