27 Best Android Keyboard Apps For 2021 [Updated List]

Every Android device has its own keyboard build into the system, but no matter how feature-filled the built-in keyboard is, it is still very general.

So, if you think the current keyboard in your mobile device is not offering you much or you have some special requirements that it isn’t fulfilling, then you can always take help from an alternative keyboard.

Finding the best Android keyboard apps is one of the most important choices you make on your phone.

They will shape the speed and accuracy with which you use your phone to communicate, and because keyboards can see everything you type from passwords to social security numbers, it’s important to have a keyboard you trust and like.

There are a lot of compelling keyboard apps for Android, and we’ve decided to highlight the best ones. This is only our opinion, of course, as there are quite a few of them available in the Play Store.

In the list down below, you’ll find 27 keyboard apps that we’ve highlighted. You’ll also find some information about each of them, including a description, some features that it offers, price, screenshots and so on. These keyboards have years of experience and user feedback behind them. They know their job very well.

1. Gboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 1B+

In 2016, Google replaced Google Keyboard with Gboard.

Gboard has everything you love about the Google Keyboard app – speed and reliability, gesture typing, voice typing, etc. In fact, it’s one of the fastest keyboard Android apps on the Google Play Store.

You’ll find it pre-loaded on the Pixel series and many Android One devices.

Originally iOS-only, Gboard is one of the most well-rounded keyboards available on Android. It features things like Google, emoji and GIF search right from the keyboard itself, just tap the G logo.

The default keyboard app for Android is also extremely good with multilingual typing and supports over 100 different languages.

In my opinion, Gboard is undefeated the best keyboard app for Android in 2021 and of course its completely free.

Key Features of Gboard:

  • Built-in Google search: The most talked about feature, Gboard now has a built in G button to quickly search your queries on Google Search.

    The search option is specially created for Gboard and it’s completely different in functionality. G button is not simply a shortcut to Google Search, meaning no additional apps will be opened when you will search through it.

    Instead, the search will show answer to your query using Google instant answers. If there is no answer available, then a link to the top result is shown.
  • Spacebar as a Trackpad: We all know how difficult it is to place the tiny cursor in the right spot when you need to amend a mistake while typing. Gboard solves this problem by allowing you to control the cursor using the spacebar key.
  • Quickly delete multiple words: Gboard allows you to quickly get rid of multiple words with a single swipe.
  • Search for Emojis and GIFs
  • Multilingual typing
  • Glide Typing: Swipe typing was always available in Google Keyboard, but with Gboard many improvements have been made. Now the animations are much smoother and their accuracy has also been enhanced.
  • Add a permanent Number Row
  • Use One Hand Mode: It can be a big problem to type with one hand on a large display Android phones, One Hand mode will pin the keyboard at one corner of the screen (left or right) so you could easily type with all keys in reach.

2. Typewise Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 1M+

Typewise is another one of those keyboard apps that’s been around for a few years, but the developers just released version 3.0. This time around, Typewise claims to offer better autocorrect than both Gboard and Swiftkey, and in our testing, it definitely comes close.

However, the real power of Typewise is in the unique keyboard layout. The keyboard is laid out in a honeycomb pattern that will be very off-putting when you install and activate it for the first time. Over time, you’ll definitely get used to the interface, and then it will become second nature to use Typewise over traditional QWERTY keyboard apps.

If you find yourself struggling with the honeycomb layout, there is an option to switch back to that more natural keyboard layout. However, if you stick with this unique option, Typewise claims that you’ll end up typing up to 33% faster and will make up to 4x fewer typos.

And with privacy in mind, the keyboard offers a 100% offline mode so you won’t have to worry about your typing being keylogged on some random server somewhere.

3. Hydrogen Keyboard (Chrooma)

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 5M+

If there was ever an RGB equivalent of PC keyboards on Android, it would have to be Chrooma.

Chrooma’s main attraction is that it adapts to the primary color scheme of the app you’re using. It turns green when texting in WhatsApp, orange while in Gmail, and so on.

It comes with dozens of skins and color palettes, including a cool RGB theme. There’s never a dull moment while using this keyboard.

If you ever get bored of the monotonous look of Gboard or your stock keyboard, this is the one that will refresh your typing experience.

Besides colors and adaptive themes, Chrooma also has an extensive set of useful features, including gesture typing, AI-powered contextual word predictions, One Hand Mode, split layout, Night Mode, and many more.

4. Simple Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 1M+

Simple Keyboard is another open-source lightweight Android keyboard app that is known for its minimalistic design and simplicity.

This keyboard is created for those who only need a keyboard and nothing more.

Users untroubled by the lack of contemporary keyboard app features, Simple Keyboard is for you. The maximum you will find is options to change the theme and color of the on-screen keyboard.

Other than that, it’s pretty basic: You have support for multiple languages, changing keyboard height, separate number row and a few more. Note that there are no emojis, gifs, spell checkers or even swipe tying. Features it doesn’t have and probably will never have i.e. Emojis, GIFs, Spell checker, Swipe typing.

5. Ginger Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 5M+

Price: While Ginger Keyboard is free, it limits the corrections it makes to just eight. After that, you will need to purchase a monthly subscription for $0.99 (£0.75 or AU$1.31) or annually for $8.99 (£6.82 or AU$11.90).

Another of my old favorites, I know Ginger Keyboard as a productivity tool.

Ginger Keyboard has it all themes, emoji, gesture typing, solid autocorrect, shortcuts to helpful apps (like creating a new note or task in your preferred app) and even search.

This app offers many unusual features such as in-keyboard games. You can play classics like Snake or something a little newer, like 2048, without ever leaving the app you’re in. It seems odd, sure. But why not?

Apart from that, it also offers you to use 50+ languages, 100+ themes as well as a theme designer to personalize the keyboard, a smart bar for app shortcuts, grammar etc. Ginger Keyboard also has a spell checker, which is a little different than autocorrect.

Also, let us not forget about 1k+ emojis, stickers, GIFs, and a lot more fun features along with word prediction and swipe typing.

6. Yandex Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 1M+

Yandax is a smart and versatile keyboard for Android.

It comes with intuitive features like swipe typing, voice command support as well as many emoticons, GIFs, and keyboard themes to choose from. It ensures security of your data and can translate from and into 70 languages with in seconds.

Add some zest to your messaging experience with a smart and slick auto-correct feature, smooth swiping, a dedicated translator, and voice commands that support emoticons, GIFs, and stickers. Chat away like never before.

Key Features:

  • Spice up your conversations with animated GIFs (built-in search included), emojis, and stickers, and you can even get emoji suggestions as you type along.
  • You can change up the keyboard’s design. make it vibrant and colorful or go for something darker and sleeker looking.
  • Don’t waste your time on toggling and swiping: add numbers and other extra characters to your main keyboard layout for instant access.
  • If you need to turn to the Internet for help, a built-in Yandex search is always right at your fingertips.
  • Supports 70+ Languages

7. TouchPal Keyboard

Price: Free to download with a $4.99 per year subscription, which unlocks all the premium content.

TouchPal is another keyboard which seemingly has it all.

It has built-in GIF support, emoticons and emoji, emoji art, a host of free and premium themes, customizable fonts, dialect dictionaries and even news headlines built into the app.

You can gesture type, resize the keyboard or switch to a split keyboard, access your clipboard history and play games. This keyboard is chock full of features, including an app locker to password protect certain apps.

8. AnySoftKeyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.0
  • Downloads: 1M+

AnySoftKeyboard is a simple keyboard with a surprising number of customization options.

Its biggest feature is multiple language support and the developer has a ton of add-ons for various languages. Additionally, the keyboard comes with various themes, adaptive themes, and some unusual stuff like arrows, undo and redo, and some other stuff.

This one uses separate packages for themes so you can find them on the Play Store as well as in the app. There are some omissions here and there, but it’s a decent free option and it’s not too over the top.

9. FancyKey Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 1M+

FancyKey Keyboard is a clam and pleasing keyboard that offers a fancy theme designer to design your own creative theme.

Other customization options include numerous fonts, backgrounds, sounds, themes, layouts, key shapes, and typing effects.

This keyboard packs in 1.6k+ emojis, emoji arts, and more fun features. Last but not the least, it brings all the expected features like word suggestion and auto-correction, swipe typing, etc.

It supports 30+ languages as well.

10. Kika

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 10M+

Kika Keyboard puts a great focus on emoji, stickers, and GIFs, while it’s also a great choice if you love theming.

This app comes with over 6,000 free themes, which is, needless to say, a lot. There are also over 5,000 emoji that you can choose from. Theming doesn’t stop there, though. The app also allows you to change its fonts, there are quite a few that you can choose from. You can personalize the app’s keyboard color, and also key press sound.

If you’d like, you can even choose your own image and place it as the background of this keyboard. Slide input option is available, while this is also a bilingual keyboard. You can choose between over 150 languages here, and a ton of keyboard layouts. You can even send clip art by using Kika Keyboard.

11. Swiftkey Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 500M+

SwiftKey is a keyboard veteran and a fan favorite.

Like Google Keyboard, SwiftKey uses gesture typing for easier and faster input. It also has an aggressive and artificially intelligent autocorrect engine that learns the way you type and gets better at correcting your typos over time.

Something that sets SwiftKey apart is its floating keyboard. You can undock the keyboard, resize it and drag it anywhere on the screen to type, as well as enable a one-handed mode or turn it into a split thumb keyboard.

These features are particularly useful on a larger device, such as a tablet. SwiftKey is available at no cost, with both free and premium themes which can be downloaded through in-app purchases.

12. OpenBoard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 50K+

The problem with some third-party apps is that there is either the chance of your input being recorded or the app being abandoned.

With a keyboard app like OpenBoard, you won’t have to worry about either, as the app is regularly being updated, but doesn’t add a whole lot of “frills”. Speaking of which, there’s a single omission that may drive some folks away and that’s the lack of swipe texting.

You’ll have to hunt and peck on your screen unless this is the kind of thing you’re already looking for. OpenBoard is also open-source, so you can keep track of what updates are coming and what bug issues have already been filed.

13. ai.type

  • Price: Free trial for 18 days, then $3.99
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 1M+

Much like SwiftKey, ai.type keyboard focuses on personalization and learning the way you type from your online accounts, like Google and Facebook.

It also has over 150,000 themes available to download, including animated themes. If you don’t like the themes available, you can create your own with the built-in Make It Mine theme maker tool. In ai.type, there is also a dedicated row of keys which changes between recent emoji, numbers, arrow keys, punctuation and accent characters.

AI Type Keyboard Pro has been around for a long time and it’s a solid keyboard option. It comes with a lot of the standard features, including prediction, auto-complete, and keyboard customization. There is also over a thousand themes to add to your customization.

The free version is a trial that lasts for 18 days and then you have to fork out the $3.99.

You can stay on the free version, but some features will disappear. It’s also one of the few Android keyboards with a number row. The app did have a minor security issue toward the end of 2017, but it has since been rectified.

14. Fonts Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 1M+

For typography fans, this fonts keyboard will bring much fun.

It allows you to have 100+ fonts for your Android keyboard as well as a huge collection of emojis and symbols. You can also change the background color of your keyboard or add your own picture to it.

This awesome app will completely change the way you type your text messages with many beautiful fonts totally free!. Fonts Keyboard provides an easy way to get beautiful fonts for all social app like Instagram, Tiktok, Snapchat, WhatsApp etc.

Key Features:

  • 100+ cool fonts keyboard to make your text & letter fonts cooler
  • All letter fonts for free
  • Simple-to-use keyboard fonts app
  • Fast typing and beautiful with theme.
  • 2000+ cool emojis and symbols
  • Multi language typing
  • Resize the font keyboard
  • Keyboard background with your photo
  • Change color background font keyboard
  • Easy to send emoji messages with various funny emoji & cool symbols

15. Multiling O Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 5M+

Multiling O Keyboard is the one stop shop if you need multiple languages.

In fact, this keyboard app supports over 200 languages at the time of this writing which is more than pretty much every other Android keyboard.

On top of superior language support, you’ll get gesture typing, the ability to set up a PC-style keyboard layout, keyboard resizing and re-positioning, themes, emoji, various layouts, and the all-important number row. It’s a powerful option for you multi-linguists out there.

More and more keyboards support more and more languages. However, nobody does it quite as well as Multiling.

16. Fleksy

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 5M+

Fleksy has everything and the kitchen sink.

Its autocorrect game is solid, and the clean design will make you feel right at home if you’re coming from Gboard. Apart from offering all keyboard essentials, Fleksy has some unique add-on features, called Extensions, that you’ll not find in other keyboard apps.

You can add a row of the most frequently used emoji, symbols, URLs, etc.; make the keyboard completely invisible; add cool typing effects; create shortcuts for words and phrases, and so on. Fleksy also offers what it refers to it as mini-apps, which lets you browse and share GIFs, memes, stickers, YouTube videos, etc., right from the keyboard.

Fleksy has over 100+ themes designed by popular artists, and you can also create your own using a photo from your gallery or Unsplash library.

17. GIF Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 50M+

If all you’re looking to do is share some GIFs, GIF Keyboard should be your go-to on Android.

It has quick access to commonly themed GIFs, trending GIFs, a search tool and a shortcut which will take you back to your normal keyboard.

Depending on which app you’re in, tapping to select a GIF will either paste the GIF URL in the text input field or automatically send the embedded GIF.

18. iKeyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 10M+

Here’s a fun emoji keyboard with multiple features.

There’s a humongous collection of 5000+ emojis and emoticons that this keyboard features as well as 6000+ colorful themes to customize the look.

Also, you can send stickers and GIFs to any social media app, create a music keyboard, and set your keyboard’s background with your own pictures.

Some of its other cool features include fast typing through slide input, voice typing, smart auto-correction, and multilingual keyboard support.

19. GO Keyboard

  • Price: Free, but to remove ads, you will need to cough up $2.99 (£2.34 or AU$3.96).
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 100M+

Go Keyboard is a wonderful little emoji keyboard for Android that offers high level of customization and ease-of-use.

You can create creative emojis and avatars using this keyboard app and develop your own sticker library. There are also different typing modes available like smart typing, gesture typing, and voice input etc.

The main feature of Go Keyboard is the massive amount of themes available. As for customization, Go Keyboard has 1000+ colorful themes, emojis, and GIFs along with many different fonts and languages to choose from.

You can select key height, the width of the space bar and toggle cursor control on or off. It also bills itself as the best emoji keyboard on Google Play, with its Android 7 update including support for emoticons and GIFs (and even a GIF maker).

Outside that, there isn’t much that sets Go Keyboard apart from the dozens of similar options in the App Store.

20. Fonts

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 50M+

Fonts is another best keyboard for Android. As the name indicates, the Android app enables you to send messages in the font and style of your choice. You can send your texts in cursive, typewriter format, emoji format and many others.

The fonts work in most apps so you won’t have any problem sending cool texts to your friends. While Fonts is unique in itself, it lacks several standard features that you would expect in a keyboard app. For instance, you cannot change the theme of the keyboard, there is no predictive text or an autocorrection feature.

Still, when it comes to fonts, it’s probably the best font keyboard app for Android.

Keep it as a secondary keyboard and switch to it when you want to impress your friends with stylish texts.

21. Minuum

  • Price: 30 days trial version | Premium: $3.99 (£2.20 or AU$3.99) in Google Play
  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 500K+

Minuum is certainly one of the most strange keyboards, and the only one that breaks from the traditional QWERTY layout.

It’s based on the QWERTY layout, but it condenses everything to a single row and banks on context along with a strong autocorrect engine to figure out what you’re trying to type. That said, you can pull up on the suggestions bar to expand into a full QWERTY keyboard.

There are a number of themes to choose from and under the Experimental & Advanced menu in Minuum’s settings, you will find bonus panels for emoji, cursor control, clipboard controls, search and share as well as typing speed. It has a built-in dictionary and thesaurus, and it includes one of my personal favorite features: inline emoji search.

It also offers some cool features like sloppy typing and one-hand typing and is available in multiple languages.

Minuum takes a lot of getting used to, but after the learning curve, it packs a ton of features into a very compact package. As the name suggests, Minimum Keyboard is a small-sized keyboard for Android that allows you to have more screen space.

22. Typany Keyboard

Price: Free

Typany Keyboard is a newer entry on the Android keyboard scene.

It supports over 100 languages and while it doesn’t feature gesture-based typing, it does come with a bevy of customization features. You can use the DIY Theme maker to truly make the keyboard your own.

It also has an emoji maker and lets you send hand drawn images to friends. Two Typany features that stand out, however, are the built-in translate function and Text Bang, which makes editing the words you’ve already typed super easy.

Typany is completely free, but it does contain ads with no way to remove or stop them.

23. Grammarly Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 10M+

Many of us have the Grammarly extension installed in our PC browser to keep our emails and writing free from grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. The Grammarly Keyboard brings the same peace of mind to your phone.

Sure, it’s not the most feature-packed keyboard out there, and you’ll miss out on stickers, GIFs, themes, etc. But that’s not the reason to use Grammarly Keyboard in the first place.

Grammarly Keyboard is for those who care about language and grammar above anything else. Grammarly’s dead-accurate grammar and spell checker will catch most, if not all, of your embarrassing mistakes while also showing you the correct form and usage, so you learn from it and hopefully don’t repeat them.

The free version of Grammarly Keyboard gets the job done for casual usage. There’s a premium subscription plan for more serious use cases that provides suggestions on more advanced grammatical issues, tone detection, word choice, fluency, and more.

24. Slash Keyboard

Price: Free

Another keyboard based on extensions, or slashes, is Slash Keyboard.

It has built-in search for Google, Giphy, emoji, Google Maps, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and many more services. Hit the Slash button to the left of the space bar to immediately begin searching something like Product Hunt.

Tapping on one of the search results will automatically paste it in the text field you’re typing in. Slash Keyboard is entirely free, and it’s very unique.

I’ve always called it the Swiss Army Knife of software keyboards. However, it lacks the strong autocorrect of other keyboards, as well as gesture typing, which can make it a pain to use at times.

25. Facemoji

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 50M+

Facemoji Keyboard, as its name says, is heavily focused on emojis… and stickers.

In this app, you’ll find over 5,000 emoji, and a ton of stickers and emoticons. You’ll get access to GIFs as well, and the same goes for a number of stylish themes.

This app also allows you to set a custom image as the keyboard background. You can customize Facemoji’s buttons, colors, fonts, tapping effects, tapping sound, and so on. You’ll get access to over 1,500 themes if you decide to use Facemoji. Kaomoji are also supported, and so on.

Facemoji does support swipe tying, and it has autocorrect built-in. The app can auto-translate to over 25 languages, and you can switch between languages easy, by using the space bar. The developer also says that it doesn’t collect any personal information without your explicit permission.

26. Hacker’s Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 5M+

Hacker’s Keyboard is a decent keyboard. It doesn’t have a lot of the AI auto-correct features of other keyboards like SwiftKey or Gboard.

However, it does have a full, PC-style keyboard layout. It supports multiple languages via plugin packs you can download separately on the Google Play Store. Otherwise, it’s a fairly simple application.

You get the keyboard in the old Gingerbread style with a CTRL key, escape, ALT, Fn, and an arrow row. Some of those keys may only be available in the landscape version. In any case, it’s a free keyboard and it’s decent, even if it’s a little older.

27. Cheetah Keyboard

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 100K+

Cheetah Keyboard is the one-of-its-kind 3D keyboard with powerful features and customization options.

These include 3k+ colorful themes, fonts, sounds, and backgrounds to make it your own. What I find unique in this app is a ‘Smart Reply’ feature which suggests possible responses to a message. It features a theme maker, a robust dictionary, voice input, swipe typing, text auto-correction, etc. as well as GIFs, emojis, and memes. Cheetah Keyboard also offers 80 languages.

Key Features:

  • Fancy “keyboard fonts” and letter styles.
  • Beautiful “animal print backgrounds”.
  • Quick message templates available.
  • Turn on/off key sounds and vibration when you type.
  • Multi language keyboard.
  • Select your favorite keyboard design, themes, backgrounds, and shortcuts.
  • Lovely symbols, emoticons, and emojis.
  • Amazing “cheetah keyboard skins”.

Conclusion

That’s pretty much it! So, there are Best Android Keyboard Apps.

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