There are a myriad of alternative keyboards to the one available by default on Android. Most manufacturers also offer their own solution in their overlay. The need to change the keyboard quickly arises for many users looking for a more ergonomic alternative for typing.
For change android keyboard, there are several apps available on the Play Store. But not all of them have the same functionality and do not offer the same user experience. The minimum that can be required of your keyboard is adequate autocorrection, just like prediction (the suggestion of words according to typing habits) or different themes and colors to personalize the appearance.
Some keyboards offer a gesture mode for entering text by sliding your finger across the screen. Others have a collection of GIFs and emojis to bring more life to your texts but also a Google search bar to perform quick searches, as is the case with the Google Gboard keyboard.
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How to change the default keyboard
The maneuver is not rocket science. It is also necessary to already have more than one keyboard. If you are looking for an alternative that suits you, do not hesitate to consult our review on the best Android keyboards. For this tutorial, we have opted for the Chrooma Keyboard. This has the particularity of changing color depending on the applications and to embed a one-hand mode.
After downloading a keyboard from the Play Store:
- See you in the Settings> Languages & input.
- The path may vary slightly depending on the overlays and versions of Android. On Samsungs, for example, this menu is located in the section Global management.
- First, activate the installed keyboards by accessing the menu Manage keyboards.
- Toggle the switch corresponding to the target keyboard to the right.
- Then return to the previous screen (Languages and data entry) and click on the option Current keyboard.
- In the window that opens, you have a list of all keyboards installed and activated on the smartphone.
- Select the keyboard of your choice.
- After restarting your phone, you will be able to benefit from the new keyboard.
Switch from Qwerty to Azerty or another input language
The best Android keyboards have built-in support for dozens or even hundreds of input languages. The one configured by default is often English (Qwerty) but it is therefore entirely possible to modify it. With the Chrooma Keyboard, the French language was automatically suggested to us after restarting the smartphone. And if you want to change the language, all you have to do is go to the keyboard settings by clicking on the gear, heading Languages.
Be aware that when you change the language system wide, the keyboard will normally adapt automatically. To do this, simply go to the section Languages and input and select the language you want to use.