The Best Keyboard Apps for Android [March 2020]

Since the early days of Android, users have had the ability to replace your phone’s stock keyboard with a new app from the Play Store, and it’s still one of the best ways to customize your phone. That said, if you’ve ever scoured the Play Store in search of a new keyboard, you’ve probably noticed that thousands of options plague the store. You could install all those apps yourself, but you’d likely exhaust yourself before even finishing half of the possible options. That’s where we’ve come in—after testing more than a dozen keyboard replacements, we’ve come up with the seven best keyboard apps on the market today. These are the best experiences you can have typing on your phone bar none, with each app tested for accuracy, features, customization options, and comfort. This is our round-up of the best keyboards available on Android in 2020 and beyond!

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Fleksy is a great challenger to the keyboard throne. It has a style all its own, yet no less good-looking than the material-influenced designs we’ve seen so far. The app uses gesture controls to make everything you need to do on a keyboard a little easier. From correcting your spelling and adding punctuation to undoing auto-correct and adding words to your personal dictionary, Fleksy makes everything a little bit easier. It uses its own prediction engine that’s solid, if not amazing, but does have a GIF search functionality that makes messaging a bit more fun. Fleksy is a really good keyboard, but we think it falls short in a few key ways.

First, the default keyboard is decently sized, but it only gets smaller, not bigger. For those of us with large hands, this is a huge disappointment; Gboard’s size makes it super comfortable and we’d love to see that here. Second, despite the GIF search, there’s no search functionality for those of us who love emoji. There’s a wide variety of themes here, but only a few of them are free; the rest are covered with an in-app purchase. And finally,the app lacks support for swiping along your keyboard, making one-handed use that much more difficult. Fleksy might have a couple of shortcomings, but it’s also really close to greatness. If you’re tired of Gboard and Swiftkey, keep your eye on Fleksy moving forward—this one’s going somewhere.

ai.type is another app growing in both popularity and users, though it isn’t quite as fully formed as something like Fleksy. The app supports a wide variety of themes—over 160,000, according to ai.type—but a lot of these look rather gauche or overdone. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, though, so if you see one you like, check it out. All of ai.type’s settings and stores are a bit busy-feeling, with a cluttered interface and lots of different categories and settings. If you’re into customizing every typing experience you have on the app, this might be a huge benefit to you—nearly everything on this keyboard can be changed, including the height (to a ludicrous degree, though the sentiment is appreciated), the vibration style, the key-sound volume, and so much more.

Using the keyboard reminds us of keyboards from the Jellybean era of Android—good, but not as good as some keyboards have gotten. Typing feels a bit slower than the other keyboards mentioned above, and there are some visual errors in the keyboard as well, including stretched text in the prediction bar along the top of the keyboard. Another problem: as far as we can tell, out of the box, you have to download emoji packs in order to use any emoji, instead of being able to use your system emoji right away. While we appreciate the ability to download different looking emoji for our keyboard, we’d like the option to use our standard emoji right away to be available. Even with its flaws, no doubt that ai.type will find its fans out there, especially among those who miss the early days of Android, when things were a bit more customizable. For some, though, ai.type simultaneously offers too much and too little: too many options without stock options available.

One of many keyboards with a strange gimmick attached, Minuum isn’t like your standard keyboard, where you’ll see the same feature over and over. No, Minuum is built on the idea of being minimal, about being as small and pushed together as a keyboard possibly can. It’s a strange typing experience to say the least, and it certainly isn’t for everyone. Typing is essentially built on a combination of predicting the word you’re typing and the user remembering where the key would be on a standard keyboard. It’s built for one-handed use, so it won’t be nearly as fast as a two-handed keyboard like Gboard would be, but if you’re constantly using your phone in one hand, this might just be the keyboard for you, so long as you can get over the learning curve.

In our testing, we found it a bit too much to handle for our admittedly large thumb, but users with smaller fingers—and a lot of patience—might find the keyboard incredible to use. Visually, it looks great, with clean settings menu and a great dark material theme we’ve seen used elsewhere. Minuum is the most expensive keyboard app on our best of, clocking in at an expensive $3.99, but a 30-day full trial is available for those looking to try-before-you-buy (and with an idea this strange, you should). Overall, Minuum was a bit too out-there for us, but plenty of users will find the small, one-handed idea as revolutionary as Swype was only half a decade ago. If you’re looking for something entirely new, give this one a go. Just try the trial out before you buy.

There’s a lot to like about Chrooma, a relatively-new addition to our roundup of the best keyboards on Android. Like most keyboards, Chrooma focuses its energy into a gimmick; this time, it’s largely theme-based, with a ton of customization options for making the keyboard perfect for your typing needs. Out of the box, Chrooma works pretty well. Typing was accurate, swipe and gesture typing were all there, and the flat interface of the keyboard looks good. The free customization options here are solid as well; for example, Chrooma’s keyboard can be as large or small as you want, even improving on Gboard to become one of the biggest keyboards we’ve tested. Chrooma’s theme allows you to pick a solid color for use throughout every app on your phone, but by default, it’s set to pick the color for you based on the app (blue for Google, grey for Facebook messenger, and so on). Even small quirks, like the dated emoji that are enabled by default within the app, can be changed in the settings of the keyboard.

Ultimately, Chrooma’s undoing comes from its price tag and locked features. While we have no issue with paying for apps, Chrooma does little to improve on the features offered by Gboard, and in fact, represents a step back in many ways (unsearchable emoji, lack of stickers, etc). A large percentage of the apps features, like keyboard styles, keyboard layouts, and multi-language support are locked behind a pay wall that can range from $5.99 to $7.99, depending on what you’re looking to unlock. Even worse, however, is the inclusion of ads on the keyboard. Certain apps, including Google Search, load a “remove ads” banner that, while stopping short of loading ads on your display, does not bode well for the future of the app. Overall, Chrooma is a nice keyboard replacement, but does little to convince someone to switch away from Gboard or Swiftkey.

One thought on “The Best Keyboard Apps for Android [March 2020]”

Avatar Louisa says:
Been using Typany keyboard for quite a while, and all I can say is they improve a lot. Worth to try. Gboard is pretty good too, but not for non-English speakers. Because they support combining two languages’ dictionary that leads to wrong auto-correction.

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