The Best Android keyboards [DO NOT BSH]

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 8 May 2016

Android is awash in great keyboards. If you don’t like what comes as the default typing tool on your new phone, it’s easy to swap it out for one of the excellent keyboards from , SwiftKey, Swype, or others.

In fact, we’re probably at a high point when it comes to this particular genre of apps, as what was once a niche idea has attracted the attention of nearly all the major tech companies.

at defines the “best” keyboard is always going to be a very personal choice, as the most important factors differ amongst users. Keeping that in mind, I’ve sought to provide a general breakdown of the best options out there in case you are new to the world of Android keyboards or would like to branch out beyond your current favorite.

The best: Keyboard

The major revamp in version 5.0 of Keyboard put it over the top. th several smart new features an excellent design, Keyboard is my current favorite offers a best-in-class experience for typing.

I flirted with it before, but was always lured back by the predictive powers of SwiftKey. ile SwiftKey is probably a tad ahead in language learning, I find Keyboard to be way more responsive have enough extras to make up for the difference.

keyboard suggestions

A new one-hed mode more control over suggestions are welcome additions.

Among my favorite new features is a trick to tap hold a prediction slide it way into a trash can. This removes weird predictions better trains about your typing preferences. There’s also a slick one-hed mode dedicated number key, which is very hy for when you need to enter in financial information or bits of data.

also will use anonymized bits of your typing history to improve its word predictions. The app already offered to use information from your account for this purpose, while it’s of course slightly creepy, it will probably lead to smarter predictions over time.

On the aesthetic side, I find the typing noise design to be more pleasant than what others offer. Yes, you’re limited to two design choices when it comes to how the keyboard looks, but both themes are highlights of material design practices. In general I also find Keyboard to be the most stable keyboards with the least number of hang ups or crashes.

The most customizable: SwiftKey

For quite a while there was SwiftKey a wide gap in quality over everyone else. But with the rise of Keyboard other competitors, it’s a much more competitive space. 

SwiftKey still has plenty of merits that earn it a top distinction. It’s still best in class at language learning, with the company pouring tons of research into the effort. The keyboard learns your preferences, shows you typing stats, syncs up this information across both the Android iOS versions. And if you can’t find a theme you like from SwiftKey’s massive theme vault, then it probably doesn’t exist.


SwiftKey generates a ton of data insight into your typing style. 

However, after using it as my go-to keyboard for nearly three years I feel like some bugs have crept in. It can hiccup hang at times, an issue I’ve experienced across a variety of Android devices. I can’t of course speak to the code or any internal metrics, but my anecdotal experience hasn’t been as smooth, which is why some of the others on this list look so attractive.

SwiftKey offers another advantage: you can live on the edge a bit with a beta build or SwiftKey Neural pha. It takes use of neural network learning, which shows tremendous promise for strengthening how machines underst human language. Some of the predictions are wicked smart, but it’s definitely a bumpy ride given the alpha status.

so keep an eye on how SwiftKey will evolve after an acquisition by Microsoft. The company has pledged to continue development for now, but you never know if things could change, especially since Microsoft has another keyboard out there.

Swype: still the best at gesture typing

Swype has its dedicated fans, with good reason. There isn’t a better keyboard out there if you want to type with gestures, even though this feature has been copied by many other keyboards.

I’ve never been a particular fan of this method. I still find myself having to correct words that Swype other keyboards with this approach get wrong. But if you buy into this method love the ability to slide your finger quickly through common words phrases you’ll be able to text, email, or take notes amazingly fast.


Swype is still the king when it comes to gesture typing on your smartphone.

so, if you think Swype is solely about gesture typing, then give it another look. The app has partnered with Dragon for speech recognition, which means you can speak what you want to say get some amazingly accurate results. I find ’s voice capabilities to be better after some non-scientific testing, but Dragon is a big leader in language research so you’ll still be in good hs. us, Swype also offers many themes if you want to customize the look, including some Material Design options that look right at home in the world of Android.

Innovation design: Fleksy

Even though it’s not my first choice, I do really like Fleksy. The design sts out, with huge letters very bright colors that give a refreshing pop to your phone’s design if it’s too stodgy business-like.

But the big claim to fame behind Fleksy is in how you can use swipe-gestures to do simple functions like correcting a word, going back, or spacing ahead. It’s a little weird at first, but if you get into a rhythm like this method it can be a really fast way to type.


Fleksy combines a lot of original thinking in design typing gestures.

But Fleksy is also about fun. nt a keyboard that throws in GIFs or wacky images with ease? Then this is definitely your choice. The autocorrection is decent enough, but mastering the swipes makes this a super fast way to fire off a text message or email. The design isn’t totally to my taste, but I do recommend you give it a try it’s a system that might really appeal to some people.

From left field: Go Keyboard

Sometimes you don’t care so much about all that serious productivity you’d rather have a little fun or tap into your inner Snapchat user. If that’s the case, then check out Go Keyboard. It has the wackiest set of themes, sticker packs, other animations that pair perfectly with a Snapchat session.

go keyboard

Go Keyboard is the ideal choice for your less serious self.

But the keyboard auto correction also need to be good, which they are. It’s not quite SwiftKey level at churning out magical predictions, but it’s competent enough to get the job done. But the focus here is really on all the themes emoji integration, so check it out have some fun with it. I didn’t expect to enjoy using it, but there was a lot to like.

Besides, experimenting is the whole point when it comes to deciding on the best keyboard solution. There are plenty of others: ai.typeFlash Keyboard,  Microsoft’s new Hub keyboard that syncs up closely with Office content. So if you want to find the right keyboard for you, there’s a good chance it’s out there.