How to change keyboard on Android? -Tutorial [Exclusive Guide]
Android offers many possibilities of customization, starting with alternative keyboards. These are many, whether on the Google Store or on third-party shops. Here’s how easily change!
tutorial updated in November 2016.
which keyboard to choose?
iOS accepts the alternative keyboards since few, if not the case of Android offering for many years. The best-known are Swype and SwiftKey, but there are other, more original than the others. A folder on the 9 essential alternative keyboards is also available on our site.
install a keyboard alternative?
the installation of an alternative keyboard is within the reach of everyone. Developers do indeed generally everything to describe in a simple way in the form of detailed steps.
they are most often the settings and customization of the keyboard which are little intuitive, since then sometimes it takes to walk alone in the application settings to find happiness.
example of SwiftKey
to illustrate the installation of an alternative keyboard method, we will take the example of SwiftKey. It for the advantage of being free, very complete and devoid of features useless, or even annoying – as is the case with the yet excellent TouchPal.
at first, search for your keyboard in the Google Store. Here, we go so the keyword ‘swiftkey. This isn’t the case here, but it sometimes happens that several applications have this name. I think for example, TouchPal which exists in different variants, or keyboards whose themes are offered directly on the Store. However the new interface of the Store seems to have corrected this problem, since it highlights a single application during the research.
in these cases, be sure to download the application developed by a Super Developer (blue logo) or check in the description that it is of the main keyboard. To be sure, it is also possible to visit the site of the application, where developers are normally appear a button directly redirecting you to the correct application on the Google Store.
you are now sure of the application to install, it remains only to download. Once it is launched for the first time, a screen describing three steps appear.
almost all developers use this kind of interface to first boot, so you should see a screen similar even if you did not choose SwiftKey.
then follow the steps indicated by the application:
- turn on the keyboard by checking its box in the choice of keyboards
- select the keyboard from the list that appears after you type on step 2
generally follows so many setting options, including with respect to mode entered (by dragging), activation of the spell checker or the language and the keyboard layout. All these options can be found in the keyboard settings and changed at any time.
move from one keyboard to another
you are with a keyboard brand new, but what happens if you ever want to go back to the old? To do this, place the notifications Panel when your keyboard is deployed. A notification entitled “Changing keyboard” throne and allows you, when you click on it, choose a keyboard among those installed on your terminal.
a second method exists on some phones with a virtual navigation bar. A button appears at the bottom right of the screen when the keyboard is deployed and works like the previously mentioned notification.
Finally, it is also possible to select the keyboard via the phone or tablet settings. In language and input – a category sometimes located in settings additional or advanced if you own a Chinese smartphone-, it is possible to select a keyboard. It is also a way to access the settings of the keyboards which the icon is not present in the drawer of applications.