5 Best Keyboard Apps for Android

If you own an iPhone you can use any keyboard you want—as long as it’s Apple’s. But if you have an Android phone, there’s a wide variety of third-party keyboards available for download that can suggest words as you type, let you swipe between letters for faster one-handed input and a whole lot more. Want to change to a split layout, have all the numbers up top all the time or customize the entire look and feel of your keyboard? You can do all of that and then some with our five best keyboard apps for Android phones and tablets.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. haga Says:

    The best keyboard is the”HACKER KEYBOARD” only because it has arrow keys ! (imposible to move the cursor -1 by touch)

  2. Rebecca Says:

    I use the ‘tactile keyboard’ app made by nscrybe.com … it’s comfortable and easy to use – you can look at what you’re writing instead of swiping at a keyboard.

  3. Rebecca Says:

    @haga: I don’t get what’s so good about cursor keys? On my phone you can just tap a position in the text to select it? x

  4. yav Says:

    The Swype Beta 1.4 has one big flaw.
    When changing language (I do it often) it takes too much time.

  5. yav Says:

    Kii keyboard for Hebrew users is really really bad !!!!

  6. Ashish Says:

    TouchPal keyboard is awesome too. It’s like Swype, but free. And it has loads of nice looking skins.

  7. victoria Says:


    does any one know which app can I download for a keyboard with spelling check but with out the predictive text?

  8. Tom Says:

    GO keyboard is good but has some flaws. I don’t like how you cannot reposition your cursor if you haven’t made a selection from suggested words or pressed your space bar. I also don’t like that the voice to text feature doubles everything if you try to edit the text. It has too many glitches that I have reported to the developer, they don’t seem to care

  9. Mdeva Says:

    I like Smartkeyboardpro – for one simple functionality: Custom Autotext, which allows you to define shortcuts – e.g. when I type “z” up pops the option to substitute my zipcode or my street address (or simply the letter “z”). “CC” provides my credit card number or its expiration or its security code. “P” – my phone number. “Md” my email address, etc., etc, etc.

    Has saved me hours of filling in forms.

    Otherwise, it’s good but not great. But I can’t imagine using a keyboard without Custom Autotext functionality.

  10. mrsfulton Says:

    Does anyone know which keyboard app allows to use the “droid bot” emoticon I see on Instagram? I’ve tried Go and Emoji and no results. Please help. No one ever responds

  11. John Says:

    SwiftKey Keyboard is really a very good app. It is fast also. I like it dark theme. This is a awesome keyboard app. I really recommend this.

  12. Zabbidou Says:

    I use Go Keyboard, I just love the interface, but I heard it has many flaws. The most major one I heard of, and I think I will give up on it beause of what I’ll say, is that they seemingly don’t have a Privacy Policy, meaning they can use absolutely ALL information you type in their favor. I say again, I didn’t check but I will. It’s true: what seems to good has its big, hidden flaws. I hope it’s not true, or the Go staff can access all my accounts… >.<

  13. Sayef Hussain Says:

    I think, the best keyboard is dodol keybord: so much custmization possible, and so many themes available, this is a fun using it!!

  14. john forster Says:

    I would try the new touchtext at googleplay. It works great.

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