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.
There’s a reason why Samsung and BlackBerry have licensed SwiftKey’s technology for their own keyboards. This Android app is so smart it can predict the words you’re going to type next. Just tap the suggestions above the layout as you compose emails, respond to texts or post Facebook updates. In some cases you can enter entire sentences without touching the individual letters. If you grant permission, SwiftKey can also learn from what you type in Facebook, Twitter and Gmail to boost accuracy. Our favorite feature is SwiftKey Flow, a trace-type option that one-ups Swype by letting you string multiple words together without your finger leaving the display.