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How to find, install and manage third-party keyboards on iOS

Overall, there is not much to complain about the native iOS keyboard. He is reliable, responsive, does what he has to do without drawing attention or erring barbarously at any point. Still, a few years ago (since iOS 8, more precisely) Apple introduced the option of installing third party keyboards in the system in this way, you can significantly expand the functionality of this basic interface element with other services of your choice.

If you have not yet taken advantage of this functionality, it is worth taking a look at it. Are you going to discover a resource with which you cannot live without or something that goes on with your life? So let's take a look from the beginning on how to find, install and manage third party keyboards on iOS!

Downloading, installing and activating

At the end of this post we will share some interesting and / or popular keyboards, but it is very easy to find a plethora of options on the App Store, just search, amazingly, for ?keyboard? or "Keyboard" and explore the displayed titles; a brief check in the app description already gives you a good idea of ??what you can expect from that specific keyboard.

Third-party keyboard on iOS

Once you've installed the keyboard you want, it lives like a regular app on your Home Screen: by tapping its icon, you access its settings, which vary from application to application, the Bitmoji keyboard, for example, asks you to login in your Snapchat account for integration, while Google's does the same with your Google account, of course.

Simply installing a keyboard or opening the app for it, however, will not activate it. For that, you need to go on General Settings Keyboard Keyboards Add New Keyboard, find the keyboard you want and, of course, activate it. On this screen, you can also activate several keyboards and place them in the order you wish, by tapping ?Edit? and dragging the keyboards up or down holding the three horizontal bars icon, on the right. Then, just tap ?OK?.

Switching between keyboards

It is very easy to switch between the standard iOS keyboard and the third-party ones you have activated. Just touch and hold the language key (similar to a globe) and select the keyboard you want to use, at any time.

Third-party keyboard on iOS

It is important to note that iOS will always open the system's default keyboard in protected information fields (such as passwords) and not allow it to be changed; some developers may also block the use of third party keyboards in their apps.

Keyboard Tips

Check out some popular options from the App Store:


SwiftKey Keyboard app icon

The most popular third-party keyboard for iOS (and the world). Its main attraction is the intelligent handwriting detection system that corrects typing errors based on your style, in addition to providing typing support by sliding your finger across the keyboard. It also has a huge library of free themes.


Gboard app icon, the Google Keyboard

Integrated with the unique Google ecosystem, it brings integrated search, predictive and gesture typing, emojis and GIFs all in one place.


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Its main differentials are the integration with 3D Touch for typing emojis and the support of a multitude of themes and personalizations, in addition to bringing the usual suspects automatic correction, typing by gestures and prediction of the next word.


Fleksy- GIF, Web & Yelp Search app icon

It boasts of being "the fastest keyboard in the world" and has a solid search and sharing system you can search everything from music, videos and GIFs to restaurant recommendations and share your findings immediately with your contacts, directly from the keyboard.


Bitmoji app icon

Here, the appeal is different: you can share your Bitmojis (the name given to the avatars on Snapchat) with your friends on various chat services. In the app, you can configure your stickers and log in to the Snap service.


Minuum - The Little Keyboard for Big Fingers app icon

Focused on minimizing as much as possible its interface to show maximum content on the screen without compromising its functionality by entering the ?mini mode?, Minuum occupies only 60% of the space that a normal keyboard occupies on the screen. It features autocorrection, single mode and several exclusive themes.

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