How to Make a Keyboard Bigger on Android

There's two ways to resize the keyboard

What to Know

  • Change the keyboard's font size: Open Settings, tap Display > Advanced > Display Size.
  • The Keyboard Height setting can change the keyboard's size, but not the font.

This article provides instructions on how to make the keyboard bigger on Android.

How to Make a Keyboard Bigger on Android

These steps will make a keyboard bigger on Android and will work on all Android 11 phones that use the default Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap Display.

  3. Tap Advanced.

  4. Open Display Size.

  5. You’ll see a screen with a slider and a preview of what your Android phone’s interface will look like. Move the slider up until the preview suits your preference.

    The Android 11 Display Size settings.
  6. The new Display Size setting take effect immediately.

Related Android Settings

The above method is the only way to change the font size of the default Android keyboard on most phones that use a stock or near-stock interface. Android has a Font Size setting but counter to what you might expect; this doesn't change the keyboard's font size.

Android's Magnification feature, available through the Accessibility menu, also doesn't work with the default keyboard. If you activate it with the keyboard open, you can only magnify the portion of the screen where the keyboard isn't visible.

There is a downside to the Font Size setting; it changes the size of everything, not just the keyboard. That isn’t ideal if you only want a larger keyboard.

How Do I Enlarge My Keyboard?

These steps will further increase the size of your Android keyboard but won't increase the size of the font. The results don’t improve readability but can make the keyboard easier to use for those who find the standard size cramped. It’s possible to reduce the size of the keyboard, as well.

Unlike the first method, this option only makes the default Android keyboard larger. It doesn’t change the rest of the interface.

  1. Open the Messages app.

  2. Open any message.

  3. Tap the Text Message field you'd normally use to send a message.

  4. Tap the Gear icon that appears at the top of the Android keyboard.

  5. Open Preferences.

  6. Tap the Keyboard Height option. You'll see seven different options ranging from "Extra-short" to "Extra-tall." The default is "Normal." Tap the option you prefer. Your selection takes effect immediately.

    The Android keyboard's Keyboard Height setting.

More Ways to Resize Your Android Keyboard

The methods above use the default settings options in Android to change the size of the keyboard. They’re the quickest, most straightforward way to resize the Android keyboard. However, these default methods won't satisfy everyone because they can impact how other elements of Android appear. They also don't offer much versatility.

You can further customize the size of Android's keyboard by installing a third-party option. The best Android keyboards, like Swiftkey and MessagEase, offer alternatives that can not only resize the Android keyboard but entirely change the typing experience, offering better one-handed use or more aggressive predictive text.

  • How do I change the keyboard on Android?

    To choose your default Android keyboard, go to Settings > System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard. You can also download custom Android keyboards from the Google Play Store.

  • How do I use Text-to-Speech on Android?

    To turn on text-to-speech on Android, go to Settings > Accessibility > Select to Speak. To change the language and voice, go to Settings > General management > Language and input > Text-to-Speech.

  • What accessibility features does Android support?

    Android accessibility options include vision, hearing, and dexterity support. For a completely screenless Android experience, use Talkback to control your phone with your voice.

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