Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 32 32 people found this article helpful How to Install a Custom Keyboard for Your iPad by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on April 15, 2020 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email The default keyboard on the iPad can meet most of your needs, but it isn't the only one available. The App Store is full of alternatives, including keyboards that allow you to draw words by tracing your finger from letter to letter instead of tapping them individually. Here's how to install a third-party keyboard on your iPad. These instructions apply to devices running iOS 8 and later. Download a Keyboard From the App Store Before you can use a third-party keyboard, you will need to download one from the App Store. Once you've downloaded and installed the new software, enable the keyboard in Settings. Then, you can switch to it whenever you're typing. How to Set Up a Custom Keyboard on Your iPad Here's how to install your new keyboard once you've downloaded it. You follow the same process to install different languages your iPad already has available. Open the iPad's Settings app. Tap General. Tap Keyboard. Tap Keyboards. Tap Add New Keyboard. Third-party keyboards will show up under their own heading in the next menu. Below that, you can scroll down to browse other, standard options on the iPad. Tap the names of the ones you want to add. Some keyboards ask for full access to your device. Granting it means the developer can gather what you type and analyze it, which is usually to improve word suggestions while you type. However, if you are security conscious, you may decide not to give the company full access. To grant the permission, tap the name of the keyboard, and then turn the switch next to Full Access to on/green and tap Allow when it asks. Full Access is off by default when you install a new keyboard. Some keyboards won't work unless you turn Full Access on. How to Select the Custom Keyboard While Typing After you install the keyboard, you can switch to it whenever you're typing. Here's how. Tap and hold on the Globe key. Tap the name of the keyboard you want to use on the menu that appears. You can also cycle through all of the keyboards you have installed by tapping the Globe key.