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, and that’s why I have compiled the list of best free Android keyboards in 2021.
Note: All the apps are in random order so you can choose any app as per your requirement.
6 Best Keyboard Apps for Android (2021)
1. Google Gboard
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I think most of you guys won’t be surprised to see Google’s Gboard at the top of this list as it is the most popular and widely used Android keyboard app in the world. And why not since it offers pretty much everything a user needs – be it a vast collection of GIFs or built-in Google Translate or insane customization of the keyboard.
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, it also works great on auto-correct, voice typing, and glide typing. Also, features like GIFs, stickers, clipboards, voice typing, themes, etc. can instantly be accessed 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, dictionary, 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.
2. Microsoft SwiftKey
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 his/her style. For example, keyboard’s size, number row, emoji key, and top bar items. You will also find many themes in the keyboard settings and, in case you don’t like any theme, then you can also create your own theme.
While testing the keyboard it dint took me much time to get used to the SwiftKey Keyboard. And thanks to artificial intelligence, it was able to predict the next word and auto-correct accurately and will keep getting better over time as it learns more about your typing behavior.
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3. Simple Keyboard
If you are looking for a keyboard app 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:
- It doesn’t have emojis, stickers, or GIFs.
- There is no cloud sync support.
- Absence of autocorrect, auto suggestions, swipe typing, and one-handed mode.
- Limited customizations
Yes, the app has lots of limitations and lacks the majority of modern-day keyboard functionality. But just think for a second, if you are extremely privacy-conscious, then obviously you wouldn’t want any of your typing behavior or data to go to the company’s cloud service.
Since the majority of popular keyboard apps use cloud services to either give you accurate word predictions 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 into 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.
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Typewise is a unique-looking Android keyboard that uses a honeycomb style interface instead of the traditional keyboard layout. You will instantly fall in the 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 able to accurately predict 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
|Price||Free, 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.
But of course, not everything about this keyboard is goody-goody, there are some shortcomings, such as:
- Lack of deep customization
- No GIFs and Stickers support
- No voice typing
- Limited languages support
|Price||Free, 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 keyboards for Android and can easily compete neck-to-neck with top guns like Google Gboard and Microsoft SwiftKey.
That’s all for now. These were my top picks for the best Android keyboards in 2021. 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.
Now I’m eager to know from you guys which keyboard app you are going to install from the list. Comment below.