Keyboards are one of the most important choices one makes on their phone. It shapes the speed and accuracy of how one uses the phone to communicate. Because keyboards are where we type important information like passwords and social security numbers, it is important to have a keyboard you trust and like.
Frankly, Samsung’s default keyboard on its Galaxy phones is not that impressive. The touch response is always off, not mentioning the word and sentence prediction that is also bad. Fortunately, Android allows one to choose different keyboards that are right for them.
How to switch keyboards on your Samsung Galaxy phone
There are many keyboards one can choose from. All you need to do is:
- Install your replacement keyboard of choice – This automatically becomes available in your settings, even if there’s no app icon associated with it.
- Tap on the Settings
- Scroll down to General management.
- Tap on Language and input.
- Tap on On-screen keyboard.
- Tap on Default keyboard.
- Select the new keyboard you’d like to use by tapping it in the list – Your new keyboard will now be displayed every time a keyboard is needed in the system — the default keyboard will never appear.
Most installed third-party keyboards come with additional settings that one can use to adjust how the keyboard looks and functions. Sometimes one finds it in the form of an “app” in the app drawer that one can tap to access the settings. To access these settings directly from the keyboard itself — one often gets a settings icon that’ll take you right to the same place. If this doesn’t work out, go back to the “Language and input” settings for keyboard settings.
Samsung’s High Contrast Keyboard Can Help You Type Faster
The monochrome layout on Samsung’s default keyboard probably makes it a bit difficult to view the keys. Luckily, there’s a setting you can enable that makes the keyboard easier to view and type on.
Tap on the cog-shaped icon on your Galaxy’s keyboard then select “Style and layout” or “Keyboard layout and feedback.” Select the toggle next to “High contrast keyboard” to make your keys highlighted. To customize the appearance, tap on the “High contrast keyboard” and choose the colour scheme that you like better.
After setting up the keyboard to high contrast, it’s even easier to spot keys, making your typing experience even faster and efficient. However, the keyboard will maintain its appearance regardless of whether you’re on light or dark mode.
Keyboards to Use in Your Samsung Galaxy Phones
Gboard is arguably the best Android keyboard. It has great predictions thanks to machine learning, easy access to gifs and sticker packs, and a Google account dictionary.
The app keeps adding smart features that Android users enjoy in other keyboards and integrate it in a quick and responsive package. Gboard themes aren’t as diverse as other keyboards but it looks good and has a Material Black option. If that wasn’t enough, it allows you to create your own gifs just like iOS users have been doing. Gboard is completely free and hides no features or options behind paywalls or ads.
Swiftkey’s ability to predict most words accurately is a productivity booster. It has some pretty cool features that are able to correct a few punctuation errors and also help in mixing different languages at one go.
One great feature of Swiftkey is the ability to sync across multiple devices. When you switch to a new smartphone, you don’t have to start all over again with word predictions.
Most keyboards allow you to pick a theme. Chrooma, however, adapts to the colour of the app you’re using. For Twitter, it turns blue, green for Spotify, and so on. If you wish, you can set a night mode that darkens the keyboard colour selection at night or all the time while on dark mode.
#4. Grammarly Keyboard
It doesn’t matter if you’re an English writer or professor, Grammarly keyboard comes in handy for everyone. The keyboard monitors what you’re typing so as to ensure that your grammar and spelling is correct.
Grammarly keyboard also features predictive suggestions but gives you time to learn how you type. It provides a simple explanation as to why your grammar or phrasing is incorrect. Therefore, not only does it save you the shame, but it also educates you on useful tips for future typing requirements.
Thanks to Android’s diversity, the system can incorporate multiple keyboards installed at once. However, one can only be set as the default and can be switched whenever one feels like. One can keep several installed if you’re not sure about which one you like.
If you are the type of person who switches between keyboards regularly, by default, there’s a small keyboard selection button in the navigation bar whenever you have a keyboard open. Simply tap it, and you can quickly switch between any keyboards you’ve previously installed. All of the configurations options stay put.
Source: Android Lane