The Best Swipe Keyboards for Android

Customize the way you type on Android

If you're constantly tweeting and texting, then you probably swipe to type. While every Android device comes with an on-screen keyboard, it's possible to install third-party swipe keyboards on Android to make typing a little easier.

These apps are available in the Google Play Store. Check the minimum system requirements to make sure an app is compatible with your version of Android.

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The Official Google Android Keyboard: Gboard

Gboard swipe keyboard app for Android
What We Like
  • Adjustable glide settings.

  • Built-in web search and GIF functionality.

  • Free with no ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Some settings and features are hidden.

  • Fewer features than paid versions of other keyboard apps.

Gboard includes built-in support for emoji, Google Search, and GIFs. It also gives you plenty of options in the settings menu. For example, you can tweak the theme to give the interface a personal touch, adjust the keyboard height, or enable one-handed mode. Gboard gives you a few options for glide typing as well, including gesture controls.

The best thing about Gboard is that it's free. You are never asked to pay to unlock new features, and you never see ads on your keyboard to support the developers. You can also sync your dictionary to your Google account to personalize text correction.

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Customized Typing on Android: Chrooma Keyboard

Chrooma keyboard app for Android
What We Like
  • Extensive customization options.

  • Try all features for free before paying for the pro version.

What We Don't Like
  • Hides the best features behind a paywall.

  • The GIF keyboard takes forever to load.

You can fine-tune all aspects of Chrooma, from the background color to the way that the keys appear on the screen. You can also adjust the font, font size, and default language.

The pro version of Chrooma includes a grammar and spelling checker, which you launch by tapping the icon in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. From there, you can see the app's suggestions.

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Best Premium Android Keyboard: Swiftkey Keyboard

Swiftkey keyboard app for Android
What We Like
  • Highly customizable.

  • Build your own themes.

  • Built-in language translator.

What We Don't Like
  • Predictive text could be better.

  • Often autocorrects with a capital letter, even in the middle of a sentence.

Swiftkey Keyboard is another fantastic swipe alternative to the default keyboard on your phone. It's reasonably accurate and learns quickly while giving you access to several features. To begin with, you can tweak the way the keyboard looks from the settings menu. You can adjust the theme, button layout, keyboard size, and where it appears on the screen.

You also get access to a clipboard for copied text, and you can build your own custom themes. However, to get access to every feature available, you must pay for the pro version of the app. Pro features include typing speed analysis along with other stats and more theme options.

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Android Games and Predictive Emoji: Ginger Keyboard

Ginger Keyboard for Android
What We Like
  • The built-in translator supports over 50 languages.

  • Over 100 free themes.

  • Play free games in the app.

What We Don't Like
  • The grammar correct feature requires a paid upgrade.

  • Can't sync with your Google account's dictionary.

On top of the standard features such as emoji, GIFs, and custom themes, Ginger Keyboard has some impressive text analysis capabilities. In addition to word prediction, Ginger can predict which emoji to use.

The premium version includes a grammar checker that offers suggestions for improving sentence structure to make sure your messages sound professional. As a bonus, it includes free Android games that you can play in the app.

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