How to Change your Android Keyboard
Don’t you become bored by the same android keyboard which auto-corrects and sometimes makes our sentences seem hilarious rather than sensible? If the answer is yes then you might want to change or maybe customize your android keyboard. Many people believe this is not possible or is lots of hectic work. But in reality changing your android keyboard is a very simple task. You simply need to access the keyboard setting and make the desired changes. To know how to change your android keyboard, keep reading this oneHOWTO article.
Customizing Android keyboard settings
If you want to customize your keyboard settings, so you can customize your keyboard on your phone. Find your brand and make sure you follow the correct instructions:
- At first tap on the ‘Settings’ icon in your android mobile phone. The settings page will open.
- In the settings page you will find sections. You should click on the third option, which reads ‘Personal’.
- In the personal section tap on ‘Language and Input’.
- The Language & Input page will open. In this page again you will find several sections. The first section is ‘Keyboard & Input Methods’. In this section you will find a list of all the keyboards available in your mobile phone. The keyboard which is activated will be checked on the left side.
- You can change the keyboards from here. At first tap on default. You will find all the keyboards installed in your android device. Tap on the one you want to change to.
- If you want to customize the settings of your chosen keyboard then you need to tap on the box at the right side of the keyboard. Then tap on button you want to customize. For example if you want to change the theme and look of a keyboard then tap on ‘Appearance & layouts’. From there go to ‘Theme’. Now choose the one which suits your mood.
- Like in the option above, go to 'Settings'.
- Next, you will have to go to the 'Advanced Settings' option, which is right at the bottom, so you may have to scroll down a bit.
- Here, like with Samsung smartphones, you'll be able to change your default Keyboard by clicking on the 'Language & input option'.
- If you want to customize your keyboard 100%, once you have clicked on the 'Theme' option, you will be able to choose a photo from your Gallery to add to your Android keyboard.
- You will be able to adjust its brightness and edit it whenever you want.
Installing third party keyboard
If you have tried all the keyboards installed on your android phone and want to experiment with something new then you can opt for a third party keyboard. You can find them in Google play store. Once you find a keyboard of your choice, all you need to do is to install it just like any other app and start using it.
Some of the best third party keyboards are as follows:
If you want a keyboard that can steal your heart then 'Go Keyboard' is the one for you. It is free to download but there are some special theme packs available which charges money. The best part of 'Go Keyboard' is the array of themes and colors. Moreover you can change and customize the keyboard background by setting your favorite image instead of the usual rectangular / square shaped checks. You can customize them according to your choice. Also you can get custom key tone. Yay!
Available at the mere price of 99 cents, Swype is one of the first customizable keyboards for Android. As the name suggests, Swype allows you to type words without lifting your finger off from the screen. Simply slide, loop or zig the finger across the keyboard and your words would be typed. You only need to lift your fingertip for a space. Other than that you can just play on the screen. The first time it was launched, it was the best and most popular custom keyboard. But now it faces stiff competition due to other apps which provide the swipe features with more customization option.
Just like Swype, SwiftKey provides the facility to write message through swipe motion. But it has an additional feature which makes it better. SwiftKey provides a three-button word prediction facility. This means that as soon as we type three alphabets, SwiftKey gives us a list of words that begins with the three letters. It can also download words and phrases from cloud which are currently trending in social media. Also, it provides an array of themes to customize the keyboard. Some of the themes are free and others are available at a price of 99 cents each.
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