Here at Typewise we are keyboard crazy. We love smartphone keyboards so much that we built our own unique, virtual keyboard (which has now become quite popular with over 1.5 million downloads). So we keep a close eye on everything keyboard app related.
In this guide you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about smartphone keyboards, also known as downloadable keyboards, keyboard apps or virtual keyboards. (FYI – we’re not talking about piano keyboards here – that’s a different and unrelated subject).
If you have a question about keyboard apps that’s not answered here – please contact us and we’ll try our best to help.
A keyboard app, or downloadable keyboard, is a virtual or software keyboard for your smartphone (or tablet). Many people don’t realise that the pre-installed keyboard that comes on your phone is an app that can be changed for an alternative.
Smartphones come out of the box with a ready to use keyboard. Android phones tend to come preloaded with Google’s Gboard, and iPhones come preloaded with Apple Keyboard. Microsoft SwiftKey is another common keyboard app.
Many people are happy enough with the keyboard that comes preinstalled with their phone. Which is generally Gboard for Android devices, and Apple Keyboard for iPhones. However, there are a lot of alternative keyboards for smartphones which are also worth considering.
Depending on what you value most, there may well be a better keyboard for your phone than the one you are currently using. Some keyboards (like Typewise) offer a more private and secure typing experience, along with faster typing speeds and higher accuracy autocorrect and text prediction.
Or perhaps you want to type in specific languages and your current keyboard isn’t great at supporting those. Or maybe you love themes and customising your keyboard so are looking for one which does that better. It’s worth downloading some alternative keyboard apps and trying them youself to see if there are some which provide you with a better typing experience.
Comparing autocorrect efficiency between different keyboard apps is complex as there are a variety of different factors that can be used in such a comparison. One of the problems commonly seen is over aggressive autocorrect – ie – ‘correcting’ words that are actually already correct. This ranks as perhaps the most irritating issue with autocorrect. When compared to Gboard, SwiftKey and Apple keyboard, Typewise has the best autocorrect functionality.
The best keyboard app for so called ‘fat fingers’ is one with larger-than-normal keys. Typewise’s unique hexagonal keys offer a larger key surface which is easier to hit, increasing typing accuracy and reducing frustration from ‘larger fingered’ individuals, making it a popular choice for such users.
While you can download Google’s Gboard for your iPhone, the Apple smartphone keyboard is not available for download on your Android device. You can use Typewise keyboard app for both your Apple and Android device though.
Yes, the Gboard keyboard app is available for both iPhone and Android phones. But Apple Keyboard is not available for Android phones.
Typing on a smartphone is very different from typing on a physical keyboard (see: Typing vs Texting). And if you’re new to it, you may find it frustrating at first. That’s because a smartphone keyboard is much, much smaller than a typical physical keyboard for a laptop, or a virtual keyboard on an iPad or tablet. But practise makes perfect. Some keyboard apps (like Typewise) come with games to help you learn how to use the keyboard and type faster. You can also use our smartphone speed typing test to measure your typing speed and see how you improve.
To download a keyboard app for your Android phone, visit the Google play store, search for the keyboard app you want, and click the install button.
To download a keyboard app for your iPhone, visit the Applie app store, search for a keyboard app you want, and click the install button.
Once you have installed a new keyboard app on your Android phone, you can start using it by going to:
Settings -> System & updates -> Language & input
From there, select the keyboard you want to use.
Once you have installed a new keyboard app on your iPhone, you can start using it by going to:
Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard
From there, select the keyboard you want to use.
Some keyboard apps transfer some data to their own cloud servers. The type of data transferred entirely depends on the specific keyboard app. Typewise keyboard is 100% private and transfers no typing data whatsoever. But Gboard, SwiftKey, Apple Keyboard and many other keyboards do transfer your typing data to the cloud.
Swiftkey is a downloadable keyboard app for Android and iPhone. It was developed by a company called TouchType and the first version was released in 2010. In 2016, the company was bought by Microsoft, who rebranded it Microsoft SwiftKey.
The best downloadable keyboard app for Android depends on what features you value most. We believe Typewise is the best keyboard for Android because it offers faster typing, more accurate typing, seamless transition between typing in one language and another, and 100% privacy. Typewise is available as a free or PRO version, so users can try it out for free.
The best downloadable keyboard app for iPhone depends on what features you value most. We believe Typewise is the best keyboard for iPhone because it offers faster typing, more accurate typing, seamless transition between typing in one language and another, and 100% privacy. Typewise is available as a free or PRO version, so users can try it out for free.