Most smartphone users use the default keyboard, which comes pre-installed with their Android phone. But that doesn’t mean that everyone will love that keyboard. A good keyboard is one that can improve your day-to-day activity by providing a fast typing experience, next-word suggestions, auto-corrections, emojis, customizations, and more.

And since there are so many keyboard apps in the Play Store, you might get confused. That’s why I have compiled a list of the best free Android keyboards in 2023.

6 Best Keyboard Apps for Android (2023)

  1. Google Gboard
  2. Microsoft SwiftKey
  3. Simple Keyboard
  4. Typewise
  5. Grammarly
  6. Chrooma

1. Google Gboard

Google Gboard
SizeVaries with device

I think most of you guys won’t be surprised to see Google’s Gboard on this list as it is the most popular and widely used Android keyboard app in the world. And the reason is simple, it offers just about anything a user could want – from a wide selection of GIFs to built-in Google Translator to insane keyboard customization.

As for typing experience, it provides one of the most accurate word suggestions thanks to its machine learning capabilities. This accuracy is not only limited to regular typing, but it also works great with other features like auto-correct, voice typing, and glide typing. Furthermore, you can instantly access features like GIFs, stickers, clipboards, voice typing, themes, etc. from the top bar.

On the other hand, you will find all the usual features like multilingual typing, one-handed mode, haptic feedback on keypress, dictionaries, and more. The best thing about the Gboard is it is completely free and has no ads on it. All in all, Gboard is one of the best Android keyboard apps out there and you should definitely give it a try.

Download Gboard from the Play Store

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2. Microsoft SwiftKey

Microsoft SwiftKey
Size45 MB

If there’s one keyboard app that can compete with Google Gboard head-on, it’s Microsoft SwiftKey. In this app, you will get almost all the features that you find on Google Gboard. Whether it’s cloud syncing or built-in translation or a vast collection of emojis, stickers, and GIFs.

On top of that, the app is highly customizable, so users can change the keyboard layout as per their style. For example, you can change the size of the keyboard, add a number row & emoji key, and reorder items at the top bar.

There are also many themes in the keyboard settings, and if you don’t like any of them, you can create your own. And thanks to artificial intelligence, its auto-correct feature, and word predictions were mostly showing accurate results and it will keep getting better over time as it learns more about your typing behavior.

Download Swiftkey from the Play Store

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3. Simple Keyboard

Simple Keyboard
Size781 KB

If you are looking for a keyboard that is not only lightweight but also privacy-driven, then there is no better app than Simple Keyboard. The app’s size is ridiculously small, which is a plus point, but it also means that most of your favorite keyboard features won’t be there either, such as emojis, GIFs, cloud sync, auto correct, auto suggestions, etc.

However, you will get basic features like a customizable keyboard layout, multi-language support, number row, dark mode, and more.

Other than that, many popular keyboard apps use cloud services to give you accurate word predictions, store clipboards, or save your keyboard settings. From a productivity standpoint, it makes sense, but not so much in terms of privacy. Since Simple Keyboard does not access the internet and is also open-source, so no annoying ads or storing of your data in the cloud storage.

Overall, if small app size and privacy are your utmost priority and you are ok with the compromises, then surely Simple Keyboard is the best Android keyboard for privacy and low storage devices.

Download Simple Keyboard from the Play Store

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4. Typewise

Typewise Keyboard
Size67 MB
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Typewise is a unique-looking Android keyboard that uses a honeycomb-style interface instead of the traditional keyboard layout. You will instantly fall in love with the keyboard’s design, but you’ll need some time to get used to it. The company also claims that you will make 4x fewer typos once you get used to it. However, you can always go back to the traditional keyboard layout if you’re having a hard time getting used to the honeycomb layout.

In this app, you will also get an offline mode feature, so you don’t have to worry about your typing data being transmitted to cloud servers. Also during my usage, the keyboard was accurately predicting the text even in offline mode. Other than that, the app comes with all the basic features like multi-language support, themes, auto-correction, emojis, and more.

If you want to use TypeWise to its full potential, you can also try out their Pro service, which comes in monthly, yearly, and lifetime plans.

Typewise Pro features:

  • Type in multiple languages without switching
  • Personalized text predictions
  • Premium themes
  • Tablet mode
  • Create your own text replacements (shortcuts, copy & paste)
  • Change font size and many more

Download Typewise from the Play Store

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5. Grammarly

Grammarly Keyboard
Size125 MB
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Grammarly is one of the most popular grammar-checking extensions for web browsers and now the company has launched its own free keyboard app for Android. With this keyboard, you get all those features which Grammarly is known for, such as spelling checker, grammar checker, punctuation correction, and show synonyms.

So whether you’re a student, employee, or somebody who occasionally uses an Android phone for typing, this keyboard will definitely enhance your writing skills. Speaking of skills, Grammarly not only shows you corrections but also explains your corrections in a simple and short format. And I think this will help you learn & reduce your grammatical mistakes in the future.

On the other side of the story, this keyboard has many shortcomings which you have to deal with, such as

  • Lack of deep customization
  • No GIFs and Stickers support
  • No voice typing
  • Limited languages

Download Grammarly from the Play Store

6. Chrooma

Chrooma Keyboard
Size38 MB
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

If you are looking for an app that lets you customize every element of the keyboard, then there is no better app than Chrooma Keyboard. You can change things like keyboard height, font style, button size, bezel-less padding, and even split keyboard layout if you own an Android tablet.

Not only that, in all other keyboards you choose the theme and that’s it, but that’s not the case with Chrooma. Here, the background color of the keyboard will automatically change based on the app you are using. For e.g., when using Google Keep Notes, your keyboard color will change to yellow, and using Play Store will change the keyboard color to green. And if you got bored with an adaptive theme, there are many more unique themes to choose from.

On the other hand, you will get all the essential features you expect from a top Android keyboard app, including a multilingual keyboard, auto-correction, next-word suggestions, gesture typing, GIFs, etc. And as for text predictions, it works decently in the beginning but will improve over time as it learns more about your typing behavior. Overall, Chrooma is one of the best keyboard apps for Android and can easily compete neck-to-neck with top guns like Google Gboard and Microsoft SwiftKey.

Download Chrooma from the Play Store

That’s all for now. These were my top picks for the best Android keyboards in 2023. Personally, I use Google Gboard, because it is easy to use, has minimal UI, offers all the features I want, and all my data are saved in Google Cloud so I never have to worry about my typing experience getting affected when I’m switching between devices.