Since you don’t have to only use the stock iOS keyboard any longer, we’ve come up with some choices for you to replace it with. Not everyone is into the peck-and-type kind of keyboards—you know, typing one letter at a time. For us, it depends on our mood. We like the freedom to use many of the keyboards that have been available to Android users for a while now.
Let’s dive into the keyboard applications we’ve found to be best for use with your iPhone and iOS.
The Swype keyboard is still one of the best, in our own humble opinion. Once it was allowed for use on the iPhone, we were all over it. It’s pretty accurate, customizable, and just one of those things you’ve got to try yourself to see what all the hype is about.
They have a good theme selection—Light, Dark, Sand, Earth, or Sun. The Swype keyboard also has a bunch of different settings choices for you to choose. The Swype keyboard is one you’ll want to add to your arsenal. Oh, and it’s only $0.99—well worth the expense.
The Gboard is an iOS keyboard made by Google. The Google search function is available right from the top of the keyboard, so whatever you are looking for can be found right within the Gboard keyboard. It’s also got emojis, gifs, and Swype-style glide typing ability. It’s pretty nifty and worth downloading.
Actually, after using the Gboard keyboard on iOS, it’s almost as likable (or more so) than Swype. That’s just our feelings on the subject, though—you may feel differently than we do. This keyboard is free, so if you don’t want to pay about a buck for a keyboard application, this is the way to go.
If you’re into typography—the love of different types of fonts—then you’re going to need to check out the Better Fonts keyboard. The choices for a theme are Pink, At Midnight, and Gold Digger. Not as many options as Swype, but still a great keyboard application.
You can use all your regularly-loaded iPhone emojis within your text messages, and there’s a handful of interesting fonts to select. If you want access to all the fonts the Better Fonts keyboard has to offer, then you’ll need to get the pro version, which is $4.99. This is the high-end premium keyboard application, and we’d say it’s worth the money if you plan on making it the default go-to choice for your typing and texting tasks.
That wraps it up. With all the keyboard applications now available for iOS, you won’t have to weed through the bad ones, as we’ve listed the three best. The others we’ve tried either have ads, you need to earn coins to unlock more features or pay for them, or it’s been just downright complicated and frustrating to use them. We’d say these three are the best keyboard apps for iOS and are really the cream of the crop when it comes down to it.