XDA Basics: How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

XDA Basics: How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

Apple’s built-in iPhone keyboard doesn’t get a lot of attention and love. Every once in a while, the company will tweak its design or add a major feature, such as typing by swiping. Otherwise, the set of keys millions of us depend on every day to communicate remains the same. iOS has supported third-party keyboards for years. However — as you’d expect –they don’t have the same privileges as the built-in one.

For example, when you want to input passwords, the stock keyboard still shows up, rather than the third-party one in use. This is a welcome protective measure to prevent third-party developers from collecting sensitive user information. But it does break the consistency of using one keyboard for everything on your iPhone. Additionally, third-party ones take a few split seconds longer to pop up when compared to Apple’s. Regardless of that, there are plenty of reasons to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone, so below are the step you need to follow.

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How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Ensure your iPhone is running iOS 8 or later in the Settings app.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Go to the App Store and click on the Search tab in the bottom right corner.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Tap the Search bar on top and search for keyboard.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • View the list of results and choose the one that appeals to you the most.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Download it and wait for it to install on your iPhone.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Launch it from its App Store page or the Home Screen.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Head to the Settings app > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and click on Add New Keyboard.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Select the name of the keyboard you’ve just installed under the Third-Party Keyboards section.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Once you add the keyboard, click on its name to choose whether you want to grant it full access or not. Apple will display a warning that allowing Full Access for a keyboard will enable it to transmit the data its collecting. So if you don’t trust the developer of the keyboard, don’t allow it. You can toggle it back off at any time if you change your mind.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Launch the third-party keyboard app you’ve installed to adjust its settings. It may prompt you to switch the input method by holding on to the globe icon. Do so.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • Voila! Now you can use the new keyboard across your favorite apps.

How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

  • If you want to permanently switch back to Apple’s keyboard, you can always delete the third-party keyboard app.

Personally, I use Apple’s keyboard exclusively. My biggest feature request was a swipe to type option, and that was added a while ago. Gboard has a feature I could really use, which is instant translations built directly into the keyboard. Apple Translate doesn’t support Turkish, and — as a resident of Istanbul — communicating with the locals can be a challenge. However, Gboard for iPhone hasn’t been updated in months and sometimes crashes on the latest iOS version. So I really can’t tolerate using it. There are a lot more Android keyboard options, so check those out if you use an Android smartphone.

Which keyboard do you use on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

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