How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Get third-party keyboards

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First, you need to install one or more third-party keyboards on your device. These are apps only and are available in the App Store like other apps.

Here are some of the keyboards offered by Apple in the App Store for the launch of iOS 8:

  • SwiftKey (free): A free keyboard that tries to provide better predictions. It aims to learn your typing habits by creating a profile of the words you use. It can sync this profile across all of your devices, but you can turn this feature off. SwiftKey also includes swipe-like features and is completely free. This is a great keyboard to start with if you want to play with a different keyboard.
  • Swype ($ 0.99): This is the original keyboard that invented swipe to type. He would still have an advantage when it comes to sweeping.
  • Soft ($ 0.99): Fleksy is a minimal keyboard that relies on swiping gestures and other non-obvious actions to speed up typing. It also has quite a few themes available for this.
  • MyScript stack (free): Have you ever used a Palm OS device? This keyboard works the same: you doodle a character with your finger and the keyboard converts your doodle to a letter.
  • KuaiBoard ($ 1.99): This keyboard is in fact only a clipboard which facilitates the entry of repetitive text.

These keyboards show what is now possible on iOS. There are now even GIF keyboards – like riffsy – to quickly insert animated GIFs into other applications.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Activate third-party keyboards

To activate a new keyboard after installing it, you will need to go to Settings after installing it. Go to Settings> General> Keyboards> Keyboards. Tap Add new keyboard and select the keyboard you just installed.

You can enable multiple third-party keyboards here so you can easily switch between them later.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Provide Internet access by keyboard

To give a keyboard full Internet access – for example, allow SwiftKey to sync your typing profile across all of your devices – tap the keyboard name you added on the Keyboards screen and turn on “Allow Full Access “.

Apple notes that this could be a security concern, as the keyboard could potentially transmit private data that you type, such as your password or credit card information. Keyboards do not have Internet access by default for this reason, and you do not need to enable Internet access to use any keyboard. Some keyboard features, such as SwiftKey sync, may only be available with internet access.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Switch to a third-party keyboard

Once you have enabled a keyboard on the Settings screen, it will be available for use. Display the keyboard in any app and tap the globe icon in the lower left corner of the keyboard to cycle through the available keyboards.

You can also long-press the globe icon to see a list of available keyboards – the same list you configured on the Keyboard Settings screen. Tap the name of a keyboard to access it.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Configure a keyboard

Each keyboard will also install its own app icon on your home screen. You can open the app to view the settings and configure the keyboard. Applications often also contain information about using the keyboard. To uninstall a keyboard, delete the app as you normally would: long press the app icon on your home screen and tap the X that appears.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

iOS gained the ability for users to add third party keyboards to their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This has allowed for popular keyboards from the Android world, like the gesture-based Swype keyboard, to arrive to iOS, many of which aim to make typing on a touch screen significantly easier. Such keyboard are available to download from the App Store, and many of them are worth exploring, particularly if you find typing on the iOS keyboard to be annoying or difficult.

You’ll need to download a third party keyboard before being able to add it to iOS, and when you download a keyboard, it is not automatically available or activated, which means you must activate it separately. That multi-step process has caused some confusion with users, but it’s for good reason and aims to protect user privacy, as we’ll discuss in a moment. First, let’s cover how to add and enable a third party keyboard.

How to Add New Keyboards in iOS

  1. Head to the App Store and download a third party keyboard like Swype, Swiftkey, or another
  2. Open the Settings app and go to “General” and then choose “Keyboard”
  3. Tap on “Keyboards” and then select “Add New Keyboard”
  4. Select the keyboard you downloaded in the first step
    • Optional but necessary for complete usage: tap on the newly added keyboard and flip “Allow Full Access” to ON*
  5. Exit out of Settings and head to anywhere with a text input, like Notes app

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to Access the New Keyboard

You must be somewhere where text input is allowed to access and see the new keyboards, fairly obvious. Notes is a good place to test out a new keyboard, but they’ll be accessible from everywhere once they’re added.

  1. Tap and hold on the keyboard icon (the little globe, the same way Emoji is accessed) and choose your newly added third party keyboard

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Each third party keyboard works and behaves differently, you have to use them for a while to really get the hang of things. The gesture based swiping keyboards learn as you use them and get smarter as they go along, so even if they feel a little weird at first, if the idea appeals to you keep using it for a while before arriving at a conclusion.

You can switch out of the third party keyboard at any time by holding down the little keyboard icon again, in the same way you switch between the Emoji keyboard and normal QWERTY keyboard.

Third Party Keyboards, Full Access, & User Privacy

* Choosing to “Allow Full Access” to a keyboard allows that third party keyboard to see everything you type, and arrives with the following alert dialog in iOS:

“Full access allows the developer of this keyboard to transmit anything you type, including things you previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your credit card number or street address.”

Some users won’t care about this, but those who are concerned with privacy may not be too thrilled with that prospect.

Every reputable third party keyboard creator should tell you what their intention is with the “full access” feature. For example, SwiftKey addressed this and Swype does too, both of which reassure users there is nothing shady going on. When in doubt, consider who made the keyboard and what they are doing with the data, if anything, and use some discretion.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Neil Hughes | Sep 17, 2014

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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With iOS 8 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, users can for the first time ever install third-party keyboards that can be utilized system-wide for new ways of inputting text and other characters.

Custom keyboards are now available for download on the iOS App Store. These keyboard extensions function like regular apps, adding an icon to the user’s home screen, though enabling the keyboard systemwide requires a few more steps.

After installing a keyboard from the App Store, users must launch the Settings application, then choose General, then scroll down to Keyboard. Select Keyboards, and then choose “Add New Keyboard,” and third-party keyboards are presented in their own separate section.

Apple warns users that using third-party keyboards gives developers access to all of the data the user types. Tapping on the keyboard name adds it to the list of currently available input methods.

Users can tap the keyboard name from here and check a box for “Allow Full Access.” Doing so presents the user with another prompt that reads:

“Full access allows the developer of this keyboard to transmit anything you type, including things you have previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your credit card number or street address.”

If the user chooses to accept this prompt and allow the keyboard, it can now be accessed systemwide. When the virtual keyboard pops up, simply tap the globe icon in the bottom left corner to cycle through available keyboards, or hold down on the icon to pop up a list.

Keyboards can be uninstalled at any time from the Keyboards section of the Settings app. Choose the Edit option in the upper right corner to bring up the ability to delete keyboards, including Apple’s own default option with QuickType.

As of Wednesday’s launch of iOS 8, third-party keyboards available on the App Store include TouchPal (shown here, free), Swype ($0.99), TextExpander ($4.99), Fleksy ($0.99), and SwiftKey (free).

By Killian Bell • 5:00 am, September 25, 2014

With iOS 8, iPhone and iPad owners for the first time ever can replace Apple’s default virtual keyboard with a third-party alternative.

Doing so — with keyboards made by SwiftKey, Swype, Fleksy and others — could vastly improve your touchscreen typing experience. Not only do some of these keyboards make typing easier, but they also boast innovative features, like the ability to type words using simple swipes instead of taps. Many of these keyboards are completely customizable, so you can set their size and color scheme to suit you.

If you haven’t already installed a third-party keyboard, you’re missing out on one of iOS 8’s best features. In this guide, first we’ll tell you about the best keyboards available from the App Store right now. We’ll also run through the features that make them unique, show you how you can customize them and make them work for you, and explain some important concepts, such as “Full Access.”

Apple actually updated its own keyboard in iOS 8 to address one of users’ biggest complaints — the lack of input suggestion. iOS 8 comes with a new feature called QuickType, which suggests your next word for you while you input text. So, rather than having to type out every letter of each word like you did before, you just have to tap it.

There are a number of other things Apple didn’t address, however, and that’s where the third-party options come in. Let’s take a look at some of them to help you decide which one might be best for you, starting with my favorite: SwiftKey.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Released in fall 2014, iOS 8 brought with it a truckload of new features—one of which was the ability to swap out Apple’s built-in keyboard with one of your choosing supplied by a third-party developer. After all, the stock keyboard isn’t for everyone, and it has its fair share of shortcomings.

If you’ve never tried a new keyboard, now’s a good time to explore your options, and making the switch is a fairly easy process. Here’s how to go about it.

Before we begin, a note about privacy

Since third-party keyboards can access anything you type in, there are some privacy risks inherent to using such a piece of software. As Apple notes in a privacy disclaimer nestled in the Settings app, third-party keyboards may be able to send anything you type to that company’s servers. For example, a keyboard may need to communicate with a server in order to analyze what you type and offer up better autocorrect suggestions.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Third-party keyboards may need to communicate with a server in order for certain features to work. You’ll need to explicitly grant such access to each keyboard you install.

Fortunately, iOS has got your back. Keyboards don’t receive this level of access—which Apple refers to as “full access”—by default: You have to explicitly allow keyboards to submit any data it collects to a server. Also, you can easily switch between and remove third-party keyboards as you please, so you can change your mind later.

Finding a keyboard

iOS treats keyboards more or less as apps—you have to go through the App Store to purchase and download them.

You have a number of options at your disposal. Swype ($1) is one popular option—it allows you to swipe your finger over letters in order to form words instead of punching a word out letter by letter. (Want to type “cat”? Place your finger on the C, swipe up to A, over to T, then release your finger). SwiftKey Keyboard (free) is worth checking out as well.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

From fun to practical, the App Store offers plenty of keyboards for you to try out.

Developers have come up with all sorts of unique and novel keyboards that go beyond standard text input, though—see Oscar Raymundo’s slideshow from last August to get a taste of what awaits you. Also, check the Add Fun Keyboards page accessible through the App Store’s Utilities section (open the App Store, tap Categories, then tap Utilities).

Once you find a keyboard you want to try, go ahead and download it like you would any other iOS app. (For the sake of this article, I’m using SwiftKey’s keyboard.)

Setting up your new keyboard

Once you download and install your new keyboard, you’ll have to tell iOS that you want to actually use it. To start, open the Settings app, tap General, then tap Keyboard. Tap Keyboards—it’s the first item listed on the screen—then tap Add New Keyboard.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Once you install a new keyboard, activating it is just a few taps away in the Settings app.

You’ll find your new keyboard under the Third-Party Keyboards sub-heading, but before you proceed, you should tap About Third-Party Keyboards & Privacy to learn more about the aforementioned privacy implications of using a new keyboard.

Now that you know what you’re getting into, tap Done, and on the following screen, tap the name of the keyboard you just downloaded. Just like that, your new keyboard will be added to the list of installed and active keyboards on your device. Tap your newly installed keyboard’s name to get at more options, including the aforementioned Full Access mode.

At this point, you may want to hop into the keyboard app itself to see if there are any additional configuration options. For instance, if you use SwiftKey, you can sign in to or create a SwiftKey account in order to get more features beyond the basic keyboard.

Using your new keyboard

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

The keyboard picker menu lets you quickly and easily switch between keyboards you have installed.

Now that that’s all out of the way, it’s time to actually use your newly-installed keyboard. Open an app that accepts text input—like Notes—then bring up the keyboard. Tap and hold the Globe key until a keyboard picker menu pops up. Select the keyboard you just installed, then start typing. If you want to switch keyboards, you can do so at any time—just repeat this process and pick the keyboard you want to use.

Deactivating or deleting a keyboard

If you want to remove a keyboard from the keyboard picker menu, head back to Settings > General > Keyboard, then tap Keyboards. Tap the Edit button, then tap the red “minus sign” button. Tap Delete to confirm that you want to remove that keyboard from the keyboard picker.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

You can disable or re-enable any third-party keyboards you installed at any time.

Note that doing so doesn’t actually delete the keyboard from your phone—you can always add it back to the list by tapping Add New Keyboard then picking the keyboard you want to use.

You can remove the default keyboard from the list if you never want to see it again, and you can rearrange the order in which keyboards appear in the picker menu. Once you’re finished, tap Done.

But what if you want to delete a third-party keyboard from your phone entirely? It’s simple: Find the keyboard’s icon on the home screen, then press it until the home screen icons start jiggling around (don’t press down too hard if you own an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, though—you might invoke the 3D Touch feature instead). Tap the “x,” confirm you want to delete the keyboard app, then press the Home button.

Do you have a favorite third-party keyboard? Let us know which one you use in the comments below.

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.

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

  • Select the name of the keyboard you’ve just installed under the Third-Party Keyboards section.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Voila! Now you can use the new keyboard across your favorite apps.
  • 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.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Apple finally released iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for public. While the latest OS brings quite a lot of new features and improvements, the highlights definitely remain to be the continuity feature and the integration of third-party keyboards. This post will help you find best iOS 8 third-party keyboards and will also guide you on how to install iOS 8 third-party keyboards on your devices.

When we talk about the best iOS 8 third-party keyboards, the three of the lot top the list. These three include SwiftKey, Swype, and Fleksy and have gained a huge user base through Android. Now the Apple users can also enjoy the perks of a custom keyboard so there is no reason why you shouldn’t try these. Here is the best iOS 8 third-party keyboards list which is of course not final or static. Considering iOS 8 was launched just yesterday, we hope to see newer and better options coming to the list soon.

    : This one tops the list from the three best third-party keyboards for one simple reason – it comes for free! Non-annoying auto-correction and a fast swipe-action typing are the highlights of this keyboard. : Coming only for $0.99, Swype iOS 8 keyboard will be another fan favorites thanks to its quick and an accurate level of typing. : Also available for $0.99, Fleksy iOS 8 keyboard is claimed to be one of the fastest keyboards. Featuring over 600 emoji, colorful themes, and an excellent auto-correction mechanism, Fleksy iOS 8 is another topper of the game. : This one is a dollar more expensive as it comes for $1.99. However, Minuum takes the cherry for being the most accurate keyboard advertised as “little keyboard for big fingers!” : Another popular Android keyboard, this one is also for big fingers as the keys are quite properly spaced with a fast, swipe typing experience.

Now that we have looked at some of the best iOS 8 keyboards to start your journey of custom keyboards, here is how to install iOS 8 third-party keyboards on your iPhone and iPad.

Before you read on to find how to install iOS 8 third-party keyboards, download your favorite popular keyboard or try any from the above list.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

  • Open the downloaded keyboard and install the app.
  • Once installed, open it for once.
  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  • Tap on Keyboards > Add new Keyboard.
  • Here you will see a list of all the keyboards available including the iOS 8 third-party keyboards. You will also notice the name of the keyboard you have installed on your device.
  • Tap on the newly added keyboard and it will be added in the active keyboards list.
  • Open any app where you could try the new keyboard. Long press the globe icon to bring up the option where you could select the custom iOS 8 keyboard.
  • Once selected, you will see the custom keyboard active and can try typing through it.

Ta da! Enjoy the completely new typing (or say, swiping?) experience on your iOS 8 devices!

На iPad можно включать клавиатуры для ввода текста на разных языках, а также включать и выключать различные функции ввода текста, например проверку орфографии. Также можно менять раскладку как для экранной, так и для беспроводной клавиатуры.

Если Вы добавили клавиатуры на других языках, то сможете вводить текст на двух языках, и при этом Вам не придется переключать клавиатуры. Клавиатура автоматически переключается между двумя языками, на которых Вы чаще всего набираете текст. (Доступно не для всех языков.)

Добавление или удаление клавиатуры для другого языка

Выберите «Настройки» > «Основные» > «Клавиатура».

Коснитесь «Клавиатуры» и выполните одно из указанных ниже действий.

Добавление клавиатуры. Коснитесь «Новые клавиатуры» и выберите нужную клавиатуру из списка. Повторите данное действие для добавления дополнительных клавиатур.

Удаление клавиатуры. Выберите «Изменить», коснитесь кнопки рядом с клавиатурой, которую нужно удалить, затем выберите «Удалить» и коснитесь «Готово».

Изменение порядка в списке клавиатур. Коснитесь «Изменить», затем перетяните кнопку рядом с клавиатурой на новое место в списке и коснитесь «Готово».

При добавлении клавиатуры для другого языка соответствующий язык автоматически добавляется в список «Предпочитаемый порядок языков». Можно просматривать этот список и добавлять в него языки в разделе «Настройки» > «Основные» > «Язык и регион». Вы можете также изменить порядок языков в списке, чтобы изменить вариант отображения текста в приложениях и на веб-сайтах.

Переключение на другую клавиатуру

На экранной клавиатуре. Нажмите и удерживайте или , затем коснитесь названия клавиатуры, на которую нужно переключиться.

Также можно коснуться или , чтобы переключиться с одной клавиатуры на другую. Продолжайте касаться для доступа к другим активированным клавиатурам.

На внешней клавиатуре. Нажмите клавишу Control и, удерживая ее, нажмите пробел для переключения между русской клавиатурой, клавиатурой эмодзи и другими раскладками клавиатуры для различных добавленных языков.

На клавиатуре Magic Keyboard для iPad и Smart Keyboard также можно нажать , чтобы переключиться с одной раскладки на другую.

Назначение альтернативной раскладки клавиатуры

Вы можете использовать альтернативную раскладку клавиатуры, которая не соответствует клавишам на клавиатуре.

Откройте «Настройки» > «Основные» > «Клавиатура» > «Клавиатуры».

Коснитесь языка в верхней части экрана, затем выберите альтернативную раскладку из списка.

You can adjust the onscreen (software) keyboard on iPhone. If you use an external (hardware) keyboard with iPhone, you can customize keyboard shortcuts and change settings such as the key repeat rate.

Set the onscreen keyboard to display only uppercase letters

If you have difficulty seeing the onscreen keyboard, you can set it to display only uppercase letters.

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboards, then turn off Show Lowercase Keys.

Type on a larger onscreen keyboard

Rotate iPhone to landscape orientation to use a larger keyboard for typing in many apps, including Mail, Safari, Messages, Notes, and Contacts.

For information about other ways to adjust the onscreen keyboard, see Type with one hand and Set typing options.

Control iPhone with an external keyboard

If you have difficulty using the touchscreen, you can control your iPhone using shortcuts on Magic Keyboard (sold separately).

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboards, tap Full Keyboard Access, then turn on Full Keyboard Access.

Control your iPhone using keyboard shortcuts.

Go to the next item

Go to the previous item

Activate the selected item

Go to the Home Screen

Open the App Switcher

Open Control Center

Open Notification Center

To customize the keyboard shortcuts, tap Commands.

To customize the appearance of the focus, tap any of the following:

Change how the keys respond on an external keyboard

If you have difficulty using an external keyboard, you can adjust the settings.

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboards, then tap any of the following:

Key Repeat: You can adjust the repeat interval and delay.

Sticky Keys: Use Sticky Keys to press and hold modifier keys, such as Command and Option, as you press another key.

Slow Keys: Use Slow Keys to adjust the time between when a key is pressed and when it’s activated.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

When you install SwiftKey, you might have seen a message asking you to enable Allow Full Access so as to use SwiftKey. Apple, on the other hand, warns you that allowing full access will enable the developer to record what you type.

It’s enough to get paranoid about information security which explains why a lot of people are talking about, complaining about the ambiguity or the apparent lack of security. I am no expert but from what I’ve read, seen, worked with, here’s my “two cents.”

Passwords, Credit-card Info in Forms Still Secure

Even if you have a third-party keypad enabled (Change the Keyboard), your iPhone/iPad will switch to Apple’s stock/default keypad when you are entering information into a designated password/credit-card field. If the text-field is designated for sensitive information (like pass), iOS 8 automatically switches to the stock keypad.

I have tried three different scenarios and in all, this works flawlessly.

  1. Fields within third-party apps: open a third-party app like Dropbox/Twitter and try to Sign in. When you tap on the password field, the keyboard will switch to Apple stock
  2. Fields within web forms (tested in Safari, Chrome etc.): any password or credit-card info field in a web form will trigger the Apple stock keypad. Even if you tap on the globe icon (that cycles through all available keypads), you will get only the stock options (if you have multiple stock keypads enabled)
  3. Obviously, in any stock app (like Calendar, Mail, App Store), which asks for your password, Apple’s stock keypad shows up when you try to enter sensitive data: password, credit card info, etc

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

So that leaves us with all other textfields in apps and on the web. What happens then?

Turning on Allow Full Access

In all other input fields, the third-party keypad works. And when Allow Full Access is turned on, just as Apple states, the developer can (and that’s a mighty can) track what’s being typed.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

If you have the habit of typing out passwords and credit card info (and other sensitive information like PIN) into normal text-fields, there’s a possibility that the information can be transmitted to the keypad developer. As much unlikely as it sounds if you consider the credibility and trust factor (all these keypad devs depend on users trusting their products/services), it’s equally likely too. Sorry developers: you might be good but if there’s a possibility of things going wrong, I apply Murphy’s law.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

If you happen to look at Fleksy’s docs for the full access switch, you’ll find what – from the developer’s point of view – allowing full access lets the developer do in the real world. This switch is apparently to let all the customization features be available. It will also let the keypads to “understand” your word-usage patterns better. And in some cases, you will be able to add custom words to the dictionary. This is almost true and same for most third-party keypads. Allow Full Access mostly means more customization options (from adding backgrounds to the keypad to letting the keypad know more about what words you frequently use and when).


I’ve turned on Allow Full Access and mostly don’t think about it. Most keypads work just fine without the feature enabled but when a keypad asks you to enable it to unlock all the features, you should try the keypad without enabling it. If you’re just fine with the experience, then don’t bother to enable Allow Full Access.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Check How to Add and Remove a Third-Party Keyboard on iPhone and iPad

iOS 8, released in the fall of 2014, brought with it a host of new features. One of them was the option to replace the built-in Apple keyboard with a keyboard of your choice provided by a third party. After all, the default keyboard isn’t for everyone and it has its flaws. If you’ve never tried a new keyboard, now is a good time to learn your options, and the switch is pretty simple. This is how you do it. Because third-party keyboards can access everything you type, using one presents some privacy risks.

As Apple points out in a privacy statement in the Settings app, third-party keyboards can send everything you type to their servers. So a keyboard may need to talk to a server to analyze your input and make better autocorrect suggestions. Fortunately, iOS supports you in this. Keyboards don’t get this level of access, which Apple calls “full access,” by default: You must explicitly allow keyboards to send all the data they collect to a server. You can also easily switch between third-party keyboards and remove them at will, so you can change your mind later.

How to add and remove a third-party keyboard on iPhone and iPad

Add a new keyboard on iPhone and iPad

  • Go to the App Store and search for the keyboard app you want.
  • Once you find the keyboard, tap “Get” and follow the on-screen instructions to install the key keyboard on your smartphone.
  • After the installation process is complete, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tap on “Add a new keyboard”.
  • Now select the keyboard app you just installed.

Removing a third-party iPad and keyboard

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap “General” and then go to Keyboard > Keyboards.
  • Now, tap on “Edit” and then tap on the “-” button to remove the keyboard. After removing it, tap “Done”.

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How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

With iOS 8 and later, you can add third-party keyboards to your iPhone and iPad. This opens up the possibility of using excellent alternatives to the iOS keyboard, such as SwiftKey, GBoard, Grammarly, and more. This tutorial will show you how to install, enable, and use a third-party iOS keyboard.

We’ll also go through related privacy concerns and steps to remove the keyboard if you want to go back to the default option.

How to add an external keyboard on iPhone and iPad

After downloading and opening a third-party keyboard app of your choice from the App Store, it should walk you through the setup process. But if you can’t follow through, or you get stuck, the following steps should help you.

Here’s how to add a third-party iOS or iPadOS keyboard:

  1. Unlock iPhone or iPad Settings.
  2. handle general >keyboard >keyboard.
  3. handle Add a new keyboard.
  4. Scroll down and, under Third Party Keyboards, choose the new keyboard you want to add.
  5. Tap on the keyboard name and enable Allow full access. Most third-party keyboard apps need full access to function properly.

You have successfully added a third-party keyboard app to your iPhone or iPad. The next section shows you how to use it.

How to use an external keyboard on your iPhone

After adding a new keyboard to your iPhone, here’s how to enable and use it:

  1. Go to Messages, Notes, Safari, or any app where you can type something.
  2. Press and hold globe icon and choose your keyboard. Please note that the globe icon may appear as a file emoji If only the standard keyboard and emoji keyboard have been added to your iPhone keyboards list.
  3. If you simply click on the globe icon, you can quickly click across the different keyboards.

How to change the order of iPhone or iPad keyboards

If you are a multilingual, you may want to use more than one keyboard on your iPhone or iPad. For example, depending on the conversation, you may want to switch between the third-party English keyboard and the built-in Spanish keyboard by tapping on the globe icon.

If you have a list of multiple keyboards, arranging them according to your choice can make you more productive. Here’s how to rearrange your iPhone or iPad keyboards:

  1. go to the Settings >general >keyboard >keyboard.
  2. handle release.
  3. Press and hold on a file Three horizontal lines And swipe up or down to change the order.
  4. Finally, tap accomplishment.

Privacy Concerns About Third-Party iPhone Keyboards

While entering sensitive information like passwords, your iPhone or iPad will refuse to use the third-party keyboard and only show the Apple keyboard, even if you remove it from the list of added keyboards. Likewise, when you use the keyboard on the iPhone lock screen, such as responding to a notification, you will always use the Apple keyboard instead of a third-party keyboard.

However, once you unlock your iPhone manually via passcode or Touch ID, or your iPhone unlocks with Face ID automatically when you lift the device, you can use the third-party keyboard on the Lock Screen.

Most third-party keyboards need to allow full access. Once you do that, the keyboard app can use your device’s internet connection (cellular or Wi-Fi). This means that what you write can technically be sent to developers. Apps like SwiftKey need full access to make custom predictions, save your predictions, create a typing map to adjust default key positions, purposefully complete sentences, and more.

But the possibility of an iOS keyboard app that records what you type and transfers it to the developer’s servers cannot be ruled out. As mentioned, when you type passwords, the Apple keyboard will start automatically. But besides passwords, there are many sensitive things that we write every day, such as your email, home address and secrets about you.

So, before you fall for any flashy keyboard app, make sure to research it. use the Developer site The option below the app description in the App Store is to visit their site and have a look at their privacy policy. Do not install an app if you are unsure of it. And in case you have already done so, the steps to remove a third-party keyboard app are easy.

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How to remove a third-party keyboard from your iPhone or iPad

Once you fall in love with a third-party keyboard, you might be annoyed if the standard iOS keyboard pops up when you start typing something. To fix this, you will have to remove the Apple keyboard from the list of added keyboards.

Alternatively, if you no longer want to use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone, the steps to remove it are easy.

Apple today released a support document warning users about a security issue affecting third-party keyboards in iOS 13 and iPadOS.

Third-party keyboards can be set to run standalone without access to external services or can request “full access” to provide additional features. A bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS can cause keyboard extensions to be granted full access even if full access hasn’t been approved.

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According to Apple, the bug does not affect Apple’s built-in keyboards, nor does it impact keyboards that don’t make use of full access.

Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request “full access” to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access.

Apple says that the bug will be fixed in an upcoming software update. Third-party keyboards that you might have installed can be viewed by opening up the Settings app, and then going to General > Keyboard > Keyboards.

iOS users concerned about their data and the access granted to third-party keyboards can mitigate the issue by temporarily uninstalling third-party keyboards.

The default keyboard on the iPad can meet most needs. However, the App Store is full of alternatives, including keyboards that allow you to draw words by tracing your finger from letter to letter. Here’s how to install a third-party keyboard on any iPad with iOS 8 or later.

Download a Keyboard From the App Store

Before you can use a third-party keyboard, you will need to download one from the App Store. Once you've downloaded and installed the new software, enable the keyboard in Settings. Then, you can switch to it whenever you're typing.

How to Set Up a Custom Keyboard on Your iPad

Here's how to install your new keyboard once you've downloaded it. You follow the same process to install different languages your iPad already has available.

Tap General.

Tap Keyboard.

Tap Keyboards.

Tap Add New Keyboard.

Third-party keyboards will show up under their own heading in the next menu. Below that, you can scroll down to browse other, standard options on the iPad. Tap the names of the ones you want to add.

Some keyboards ask for full access to your device. Granting it means the developer can gather what you type and analyze it, which is usually to improve word suggestions while you type. However, if you are security conscious, you may decide not to give the company full access.

To grant the permission, tap the name of the keyboard, and then turn the switch next to Full Access to on/green and tap Allow when it asks.

Full Access is off by default when you install a new keyboard.

Some keyboards won't work unless you turn Full Access on.

How to Select the Custom Keyboard While Typing

After you install the keyboard, you can switch to it whenever you're typing. Here's how.

Tap and hold on the Globe key.

Tap the name of the keyboard you want to use on the menu that appears.

You can also cycle through all of the keyboards you have installed by tapping the Globe key.

Third party keyboards are supported since iOS 8 which was released in 2014, and are basically apps that you need to install from the Apple App store. Very popular third party keyboards on iOS are for instance Google Gboard, SwiftKey, Microsoft Word Flow and many more.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8One of the many third party keyboards for iOS

Third party Keyboards can have features like that you can swipe the keyboard to write, like we had on the latest Windows mobile devices and of course already many years on Android.

My customer reported an issue that the Third party keyboards could not be used on devices that were enrolled into Microsoft Intune and therefor MDM-managed. All other apps, that were not managed could just use the third-party keyboard without any issue.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8When writing an email the GBoard keyboard is not available

I started to look at the App Protection Policies which have an option to block 3rd-party keyboard for apps that are protected by the App Protection Policies.

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But in this case the policy was already allowing the keyboard, and the keyboard could also not be used in the native mail client of the iOS device. So for some reason iOS is blocking the 3 rd -party keyboard to be used in managed apps.

A quick analysis of the issue learned me that the fact that the keyboard doesn’t show up, is that if you use the native data separation controls in iOS (in Intune called “Block viewing corporate documents in unmanaged apps”) you can separate work data and personal data. A lot of companies require the reparation of work and personal data and therefor this control is almost always used.

The 3 rd -party keyboard is threatened as an unmanaged app and therefor cannot be used in managed apps, which is logical if you ask me.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8GBoard app is not part of the Management Profile

The solution of this issue is basically make the 3 rd -party keyboard managed; deploy the 3 rd -party keyboard app via Microsoft Intune to the devices as an available or required app. When deploying the app via Microsoft Intune, the app will be marked as managed and all the managed apps will be able to use the keyboard. Simple as that!

After pushing or installing the 3 rd -party keyboard the app becomes part of the Management Profile and will be listed as shown below.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Gboard app is now part of the Management Profile

After the Gboard app is part of the Management Profile, Outlook and all other managed apps can make use of the app without lowering the security level.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8You can now switch the default keyboard to Gboard How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Gboard keyboard can be used.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

With iOS 8, Apple now allows developers to create alternative keyboards on iPhone and iPad that can be used almost anywhere to replace the system keyboard. We told you about several third-party keyboards for iOS 8 including when the major operating system update was released last month, and a few more interesting third-party keyboards have since been released. The first is an Emoji-only keyboard called Emoji++ that makes finding the right Emoji character much faster, and the second is both a language and symbol keyboard called Character Keyboard for typing out special characters.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Emoji++ — $0.99

The Emoji++ keyboard bills itself at the fastest way to type emoji on iOS. It achieves that by allowing you to scroll through your emoji list as a single collection rather than relying on swiping through pages of segmented collections.

You also gain the ability to “favorite” emoji characters for quick access in addition to seeing your most recently used emoji characters. The sidebar offers quick access to jumping to certain sets of emoji similar to the side scroll bar from Contacts or Music, only with Emoji and not letters. There’s also iPad support which presents even more Emoji characters all at once with the same scrolling support for fast access.

If you’re a frequent Emoji user or just find the system Emoji keyboard frustrating, check out Emoji++. Grab it for $0.99 on the App Store.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Character Keyboard — $1.99

The next keyboard is both a full alphabetical and numerical keyboard as well as a keyboard loaded with special character keys including the Apple logo. In the past I’ve relied on copying and pasting many of these characters from around the Internet when I need them or setting up keyboard shortcuts for specific ones, but that’s a lot of work.

Instead, Character Keyboard provides both a full keyboard and several screens of special character keys. You can access each additional keyboard by scrolling left and right to each one. When you’re deep in a keyboard of characters and you want to quickly jump back to the alphabet, there’s an ABC button for that. There’s also a pull-right gesture that reveals quick access to specific special character keyboards by category.

Character Keyboard supports both light and dark themes. You can toggle the themes manually in the app or allow themes to change automatically based on the time of day.

I think this one will be good to have quick access to and it’s much faster than my old methods of typing special characters. Character Keyboard is available on the App Store for $1.99.

For more third-party keyboard options, check out our roundup of the best third-party keyboards for iOS 8 and let us know below if you have a favorite you’re using.

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So, you’ve just installed iOS 8 and heard a lot about third-party widgets and keyboards. Given that both of these features are brand new and previously unheard of on Apple’s mobile software, you may be unsure as to how you might go about installing these much talked-about new treasures, and so below, we’ve got a little guide that should help you along the way.

From SwiftKey to Fleksy, Swype to TouchPal, many of the big names have already shown their hands, and given that they’re all fairly cheap and offer different features, you may want to do a little research before parting with any of your money.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Once you’ve made your decision, the guide below will help you to install third-party keyboards, as well as Notification Center widgets, onto your iOS 8-running device, so watch / read carefully, and make sure you don’t miss out any of the steps!

How To Install Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

Step 1: First and foremost, find yourself a third-party keyboard over at the App Store. Alternatively, you can check out our list in which we’ve outlined the best ones to try on iOS 8:

Step 2: Once the keyboard has been downloaded and installed, navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Step 3: Now tap on Keyboards, followed by Add New Keyboard.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Step 4: Your newly installed keyboard will appear under the THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS heading, as shown in the screenshot below. Tap on the keyboard you wish to add.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Step 5: You can select your new keyboard by tapping and holding the little globe icon next to the space bar key, and then select the keyboard you’ve installed. Success!

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How To Add Widgets In iOS 8

Step 1: Make sure the app you’re installing supports having a widget in Notification Center. You can check by either going through the app’s description on the App Store or check out our list of apps that support widgets in iOS 8:

Step 2: Once you’ve downloaded the app for which you want to have a widget for, pull down from the top of the display to bring down Notification Center.

Step 3: Under the Today view, scroll all the way down and tap on Edit.

Step 4: Under the DO NOT INCLUDE section, tap on the + sign to add that app as a widget. And once you’re all set, tap on Done.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

That’s it, your widget(s) will now appear in Notification Center as shown in the screenshot below:

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The introduction of custom keyboards has been one of the most significant additions to iOS since its inception. Prior to iOS 8, one could only use the stock iOS keyboard in all the applications. Third party keyboards, if available, were only limited to usage within the particular app. With iOS 8 Extensions, Apple has finally removed this limitation, which means that now you can use your favorite keyboard throughout the system. In this article, we’ll discuss about the security concerns related to using third party keyboards on iOS, and guide you to ensure safe usage of such apps.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Network-enabled keyboards (Full Access)

Third party keyboard apps implement Apple’s pre-defined Custom Keyboard Extension in order to be accessible through all the apps. This ensures that cross-interaction with other apps are only limited to text-input. iOS also automatically switches to the native keyboard whenever the selected input is a password field; hence ensuring that third party keyboards can’t process passwords at all.

Apple permits developers to create third party keyboards with or without network access (full access). When network access is turned off (default), third party keyboard features are only restricted to basic operations (like autocorrect, spellcheck, etc.). Using third party keyboards in non-networked mode ensures that your keystrokes are only sent to the textfield you’re typing into, and don’t leave the device through any other channel.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

But custom keyboards may, to enhance their functionality, ask for full access and fetch additional information such as Location, Address book or keystroke data. There are several scenarios in which third party keyboards may require access to such data in order to provide a better user experience. For example, a keyboard may use your location and address book data for providing you personalized word suggestions based the names of your contacts or nearby places. Keystroke data may be analyzed to provide enhanced word predictions based on your input text. For these reasons, custom keyboards may have an option to “Allow full access” in their settings menu. Some custom keyboards don’t even work unless full access is granted to them.

“Although network access makes many things possible for a custom keyboard, it also increases your [developer’s] responsibilities.”

The above line is an extract from Apple’s iOS Developer Library, where they specifically advise developers not to store keystroke data from users who allow Full Access to their custom keyboard apps. Still, some third party keyboards might send keystroke data to an external server to improve app functionality. Even though Apple does not allow the use of third party keyboards in specific input fields (such as passwords), there may be instances where confidential information might be typed in normal text fields (for example, conversations in instant messaging apps, credit card details in notes, etc.) and such situations, your sensitive data is accessible to a third party source, which might not guarantee its protection. Even if the developer doesn’t intend to misuse this information, it is also vulnerable to attacks from other sources. Hence, any event of keystroke data collection by third party keyboards might be regarded as a threat to your privacy and security.

The Precaution

Knowing the potential risk involved in using third party keyboards, you should consider whether you really need a custom keyboard. If you do decide to use it though, you might want to take the following precautions in order to ensure safety of your confidential information as an end user:

Disable Full Access

If you wish to regularly use a particular third party keyboard, ensure that Full Access is disabled for it, and keep them turned off in future. Some keyboards may locally collect you keystrokes, and send all the information back to a remote server later on, when you allow full access to it. But your favorite third party keyboard might not function without Full Access permissions, or might require full access for using the special features you installed the app for. If that’s the case, switching to the native keyboard might be a better option when you’re dealing with sensitive information.

By default, full access is disabled for third party keyboards. If you want to ensure that full access is turned off for your custom keyboard, go through the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Keyboards. Installed third party keyboards will be listed here.
  2. Select a particular third party keyboard from the list and check if the “Allow Full Access” option is disabled or not. If it is enabled, turn off the option to disable Full access for your keyboard.

Switch to native keyboard before typing sensitive information

iOS will automatically switch your keyboard to the stock one when you type into password fields or phone number fields. But make sure you also manually switch to the stock keyboard when you’re typing sensitive data in normal input fields, even if “Allow Full Access” is turned off. This is because locally stored data may be sent online if access is even allowed later on.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

To switch from a third party keyboard to the default iOS keyboard, follow the steps provided below:

  1. Tap on any text input field to reveal the currently selected keyboard.
  2. If it’s a custom one, tap or hold the Globe key at the bottom row until it switches to the next keyboard, or reveals a list of available keyboards.
  3. If the list is displayed, select your default language keyboard, for example, English (US). Otherwise, repeatedly tap or hold the Globe key until the default keyboard is selected.

Apple has considered various security aspects while providing custom keyboard support on iOS 8. There is very little chance that the above situation may occur in reality. Still, to ensure safety of your data, you should be aware of all possible ways in which privacy thefts might happen. If you follow the above precautions at all times, using third party keyboards on iOS 8 should not bother you.

These are instructions on how to install a third party keyboard in iOS 8.

Step One
Find a keyboard you want to try and install its app from the mobile App Store. There are many to choose from. Popular options include SwiftKey, Swype, Fleksy, Minuum, and others.

We’ll use the free SwiftKey keyboard for this example.
How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Step Two
Once the app is installed, tap Settings from your SpringBoard.

Step Three
Choose General from the Settings menu.

Step Four
Select Keyboard from the General menu.

Step Five
Tap Keyboards from the Keyboard menu.

Step Six
Choose Add New Keyboard. from the Keyboards menu.

Step Seven
Select the keyboard you just installed from the list of Third-Party Keyboards.

Step Eight
The keyboard will be added to your personal list of keyboards. Tap it to open its options. Depending on the keyboard you may need to Allow Full Access. This will let the developer to transmit anything you type for features such as word suggestions etc. Be sure you trust the developer of the keyboard before granting full access.

Step Nine
Now you can navigate to the Messages app or any other application that uses a keyboard. Then tap the globe icon at the bottom left of the keyboard to cycle through your available layouts.

Notice the Swift keyboard lets you drag your finger from letter to letter without lifting up in order to intelligently determine the word you are typing.

Note: You may find some helpful information on using the keyboard in the app that you installed from the App Store.

Later today, Apple will release the latest version of its mobile operating system: iOS 8. Amongst the changes in the updated software is the introduction of third-party keyboards, something that Android users have been enjoying since 2007.

Apple triumphantly declares on its website that “iOS 8 brings the biggest changes to the keyboard since the very first iPhone.” Now, developers can create alternate keyboards for the iPhone and iPad, meaning that users aren’t stuck with the default Apple keyboard. We’ve listed a few of them here, and linked to pages that will help you download them in the App Store.

To kick things off, Apple even created a new keyboard of its own.

QuickType, Free

The only official alternative keyboard comes from Apple itself, and it uses predictive text to guess what you’re typing, as you type it. There’s no need to download a new app for QuickType, instead it will come bundled with iOS 8.

The QuickType keyboard displays three predictions for what you’re going to type next above the letter keys. According to Apple, QuickType suggests different words depending on who you’re talking to. For example, if you’re emailing a co-worker, then it will use more formal language. But if you’re sending a text message to your wife, then it will suggest casual phrases.

Swype, $0.99

Swype is one of the most popular Android keyboards, and now it’s available on the iPhone. To use Swype, you swipe your finger quickly across the keys instead of typing normally. To type “test,” you’d swipe from the “t” key along to the “e,” down to the “s,” and then finally bring your finger back up to the “t.” It takes some getting used to, but typing using Swype is often faster than using standard keyboards.

SwiftKey, Free

SwiftKey is another popular Android keyboard making its way to iOS today. It mixes the prediction software of Apple’s new QuickType keyboard with the swiping technique used in Swype. But SwiftKey’s party trick is SwiftKey Cloud, a service that analyses your emails, contacts, Gmail, Twitter and Facebook to find which words you’re most likely to use.

SwiftKey is completely free on iOS, although the Android version of the keyboard features premium keyboard designs that can be purchased. It’s currently unclear whether a similar system will arrive on iOS.

TouchPal, Free

Once you’ve tried Swype for a few weeks, you might begin to fall in love with swiping to make words. But what if you like it so much that you want to swipe to write entire sentences? TouchPal lets you keep your finger on the keyboard as you craft full messages, claiming to help you write 120 words per minute.

Fleksy, $0.99

Fleksy is one of the only keyboards that has already made its way onto the iPhone. As The Next Web reports, Fleksy was first available for iPhone users back in 2012 as a tool to help the visually impaired. In the past, only certain apps had integrated Fleksy, meaning that users were forced to use multiple keyboards on their phone. Now, it’s available to use system-wide.

This keyboard might look pretty, but it’s also a rival to the “swipe”-style keyboards listed above. See, Fleksy possesses a world record for the fastest text message typed using a touchscreen after Brazilian teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho typed a complex message in 18.19 seconds using a Fleksy keyboard.

Fleksy claims to know where you meant to type, instead of where you actually did type, in order to provide the most accurate representation of your message.

Minuum, $1.99

Do you ever find your phone’s keyboard getting in the way of what you’re trying to look at? The standard keyboard does take up nearly half the screen, after all. Minuum claims to solve this problem by offering both a full-sized keyboard and a tiny, reduced-size version. The company has also developed autocorrect technology that can tell what you’re trying to type on the small, one-line version of its keyboard.

PopKey, Free

While the rest of the iPhone keyboard apps showcased here are about helping you type messages quicker, PopKey is all about injecting some fun into them. As well as a normal keyboard, PopKey comes complete with an in-built GIF search engine that suggests animated images for phrases such as “LOL” and “WTF.”

Sick of the same-old on-screen keyboard you get with iOS? Download and install a new one and experience keyboard nirvana.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Long ago, Android could thumb its nose at the iPhone for a very basic reason: the default, on-screen keyboard for iOS sucked and could not be changed while Android users were replete with customizable keys that could do much more than get tapped—users could swipe from letter to letter!

That all changed in 2014 with iOS 8, which finally introduced third-party keyboards. And this fall, iOS 13 will add swipe typing.

Until then, getting new keyboards on your iPhone (or iPod touch or iPad) is as simple as downloading an app—sort of. First, go to the Apple App Store and download the app for the keyboard you want.

Then, visit Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards. It shows you all the keyboard apps you have installed, plus an “Add New Keyboard” option at the bottom. Click that to look at available keyboards. In the “third-party keyboards” list at the center, click one to add its full functionality.

You’re not done yet: on the previous screen, click the name of your new keyboard to “Allow full access.” Why require that extra step? Because, in theory, you may not get full keyboard functionality without it. Consider a keyboard that pulls in animated GIF files; it needs internet access, which requires “full access.” Full access also lets a keyboard tap into things like the speaker, so you can hear keys click as you type. Some keyboards don’t work at all without full access. Some barely need it.

Keep in mind, if you allow full access, the developer of the third-party keyboard could, in theory, capture your keystrokes and send out what you type, maybe to a web server, or another app. Apple throws up a warning to that effect whenever full access is granted. If security is your bugaboo, you probably don’t want a third-party keyboard. Thankfully, when you enter passwords or credit card info, the iPhone knows to switch back to the standard and secure iOS keyboard—even if you delete it from the rotation of keyboards available.

While in Settings, click the Edit button on the keyboards page, then swipe left to delete any of the keyboards in rotation—including Apple’s.

Using Your New Keyboard

So, imagine you’ve got one or more new third-party keyboards installed on an iPhone: how do you access them? When typing with the standard keyboard, click the globe icon (the inverse image of this: ) in the lower left. Hold a finger on it; a menu pops up showing all installed third-party keyboards, so jump to the one you want. You’ll also see icons at the bottom to switch the standard iOS keyboard to easy one-thumb typing for either left or right hands.

Keep clicking globes to cycle through keyboards in order. Some keyboards won’t bring up the menu; others will only switch when held down for the menu. It’s an annoying lack of uniformity.

If you were keeping the standard iOS keyboard around only so you could use the diction option, good news—you can delete that keyboard and still get the dictation mic icon ( ) at the bottom of the screen no matter which keyboard you use. So “delete” Apple’s keyboard if you don’t like it. (You can’t really delete it entirely.)

So now you know how to get install and access keyboards, as well as their limitations. But which keyboards are worth getting? Here are our favorites.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Before iOS 8, third party keyboards on the App Store had to exist as standalone apps from which you could copy and paste text into Mail or Messages. Now however, Apple allows third party keyboards to be used across all apps, and it has also launched a much-improved default keyboard – QuickType. Apple’s default keyboard now supports word predictions and takes context into account when showing suggestions. A day after iOS 8 was launched, keyboard apps appeared at the top of the free and paid app lists on the App Store. If you’re itching to try these apps, here’s how to install, enable and disable various keyboards on iOS 8.

At first glance, QuickType might appear to be an ordinary keyboard but it starts to show its worth after you use it for a while. It suggests words based on your typing style in different apps such as Messages and Mail. If someone asks you a question such as “Dinner or movie?”, QuickType automatically suggests the words Dinner and Movie. Here’s how to enable or disable QuickType’s features.

1. On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Keyboard.

2. Now scroll down and you’ll see several options such as Auto-Corrections, Auto-Capitalisation, Check Spelling, Enable Caps Lock and Predictive. Flick the switch next to each one to enable or disable it.

3. In case you can’t see predictions on your iOS 8 keyboard, make sure the switch next to Predictive is On.

4. You can also set keyboard shortcuts such as typing “omw” for “on my way”. In the same menu, just tap Shortcuts to configure this.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Third-party keyboards
We liked the QuickType keyboard a lot, but some people want more features, such as swipe to type. That’s where the new third party keyboards enter the picture. While these keyboards offer features QuickType does not, there is a risk of the app recording and storing your keystrokes. All apps claim that they respect user privacy but there’s no way to verify this.

At the time of writing this article, we also faced some issues with the third party keyboards. Lag and even crashes occurred from time to time. These issues will likely be fixed in later updates, but if you don’t want to wait, this is what you need to do to get these keyboards:

1. Go to the App Store and install your favourite keyboard app.

2. Open Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.

3. Tap Add New Keyboard.

4. Select the keyboard you want to use from the list.

5. Tap Edit at the top to change the order in which the keyboards appear. The primary keyboard you want to use should be at the top.

6. Now open any app that lets you type, such as Messages or WhatsApp. Tap the globe icon to switch between keyboards. Some keyboards such as Swype require you to tap and hold the globe icon to switch between keyboards, but tapping the globe icon switches keyboards in most other apps that we’ve tried.

How to use third-party keyboards on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Apple has done its bit to protect your data by not allowing full access to keyboards unless you give them permission. A keyboard without full access cannot transmit data to its servers and hence, cannot record anything you type. Unfortunately, some keyboards stop working if you don’t give them full access. Here’s how to give them full access or to disable it.

1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.

2. Select the keyboard you want to give full access to.

3. Slide the switch next to Full Access to On. To disable it, slide this switch to Off.

4. Full Access is a keyboard-specific option, so you’ll have to enable or disable it individually for each third-party keyboard.

That covers how to use third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Do you like the default QuickType keyboard or do you use third-party keyboards? Let us know via the comments. Be sure to visit our How to section for more tutorials.

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