«Gboard crashes continuously» is a common error on Google’s virtual keyboard for Android and iPhone (iOS). The message is displayed on the phone screen when the application crashes and prevents the user from typing on the smartphone with the tool. Gboard is an option used by some users to replace the standard keyboard and get several features from Google.
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Check, in the list below, six possible ways to resolve the error «Gboard continually fails» of the virtual keyboard on Google, to make the app work normally on your smartphone. The steps may differ, depending on the phone manufacturer.
‘Gboard crashes continuously’: how to solve keyboard error – Photo: Marcela Franco / TechTudo
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1. Change the default keyboard
Eventually, Gboard crashes can be caused by an application update. In these cases, opting for the system’s native keyboard should allow the user to be able to type on the phone again, while developers do not provide an update with the error correction in Gboard.
To do this on Android phones, access the settings and slide the screen to find the «Language and input» tab. Then tap on «Standard keyboard» and select your smartphone’s branded keyboard option. It is worth mentioning that some devices do not have native keyboards – the solution is to download another application of the same resource to replace the Gboard temporarily.
Gboard stopped? Changing the system keyboard can solve the problem – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco
To perform the process on the iPhone, go to «Settings» and tap «General». Then, slide the screen and tap «Keyboard». Then, tap on the native resource of the system, represented by the option «Portuguese (Brazil)».
The classic and simple option of restarting the phone can solve the problem of Google’s virtual keyboard, this is because several processes are being executed in the background on the smartphone and some of these actions can eventually hinder the functioning of the Gboard.
What does «Gboard continuously fail» mean? Restarting a cell phone can help resolve errors – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco
When the user performs this procedure, some temporary files on the phone are cleaned, freeing up space in the RAM memory for the phone to work without errors and restarting all application processes. Press the phone’s power button and tap «Restart». On the iPhone, it is necessary to turn the phone off and on again.
3. Disable other system keyboards
The Android system allows the user to activate more than one keyboard on the phone. However, this feature can generate errors and cause Gboard to fail. Disabling the other typing tools available may correct the problem.
Disable other keyboards when Gboard stopped – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco
To do this, access your phone’s settings and tap on the «Languages and text» option. Under «Keyboard and input methods», tap «Standard» and then «Choose keyboards». End by disabling the keyboards available on your device, except Gboard. On the iPhone, go to «Settings» and «General». Touch «Keyboard» and «Edit». Press the «-» icon next to each option, except Gboard. Finish with «OK».
4. Clear Gboard cache
Cache data stores system files and allows applications to run faster. However, accumulating this information can result in Google’s virtual keyboard failures if any of the stored files are corrupted. As the data is still stored in cache memory, Gboard will have problems even after updating the app. Therefore, clearing the cache is one of the possible solutions to the problem.
Gboard keyboard crashes continuously: what to do? Clear the app cache – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco
Go to settings and then «Storage». Then press «Internal Storage». To proceed, tap on «Apps» and look for the Gboard app. Finish by selecting the «Clear Cache» option. It is worth noting that the process may vary according to the manufacturer of your cell phone. The option is not available on the iPhone.
5. Uninstall and install Gboard again
In some cases, the error «Gboard crashes continuously» can be resolved by uninstalling the app and downloading it again from the Google Play Store. The action will allow the app to replace any corrupted files. Go to the Google store and search for «Gboard». Then, tap «Uninstall». After the action, install the keyboard again.
When Gboard stopped, reinstalling the keyboard can correct errors – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco
On the iPhone, press and hold the Gboard icon on the main screen of the phone and select the «X» icon to uninstall the application. To finish the process, download the Google keyboard from the App Store.
6. Enable Gboard as the default phone keyboard
Although the user has not installed other keyboards on the phone, some applications have the feature built in. Therefore, you can download a banking app and purchase the tool without knowing it. Leaving more than one keyboard active on the cell phone can cause eventual failures. So keeping only Gboard as the default phone keyboard can solve the problem.
On Android devices, access your phone settings and press «Languages and text». Under «Keyboard and input methods» tap «Standard». In the menu that will appear on the screen, tap «Choose keyboards». Then, disable all keyboards, even Gboard. Then, activate only the Google keyboard.
Gboard stopped: check if the keyboard is activated as default – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco
On the iPhone, go to «Settings» and then «General». Then, tap «Keyboard» and on the next screen, press «Keyboards». Touch «Edit» in the upper right corner of the screen. To complete the action, drag the Gboard to the top of the list.
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