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iOS 8 added support for third-party keyboards. Now iPhone and iPad users can finally swap out their keyboards and use some of the same keyboards available on Android devices. Swipe-to-type is now an option for iPhone users, too.
Apple also added a “QuickType” keyboard that offers next-word predictions above the keyboard. In the future, if there’s a cool new keyboard feature — like word predictions or swipe-to-type — you can install a third-party keyboard to get it immediately.
Get Third-Party Keyboards
First, you’ll need to install one or more third-party keyboards on your device. They’re just apps, and are available in the App Store like other apps.
Here are some of the keyboards Apple is featuring in the App Store for the iOS 8 launch:
- SwiftKey (free): A free keyboard that attempts to provide better predictions. It aims to learn your typing habits by building a profile of the words you use. It can sync this profile across all your devices, but you can disable this feature. SwiftKey also includes swipe-to-type features and is completely free. This is a great keyboard to start out with if you want to play with another keyboard.
- Swype ($0.99): This is the original keyboard that invented swipe-to-type. It reportedly still has an edge when it comes to swiping.
- Fleksy ($0.99): Fleksy is a minimal keyboard that relies on swipe gestures and other non-obvious actions to speed up typing. It also has quite a few themes available for it.
- MyScript Stack (free): Did you ever use a Palm OS device? This keyboard works similarly — you scribble a character with your finger and the keyboard converts your scribble into a letter.
- KuaiBoard ($1.99): This keyboard is basically just a clipboard that helps aid repetitive text entry.
These keyboards demonstrate what’s now possible on iOS. There are now even GIF keyboard — like Riffsy — for quickly inserting animated GIFs into other apps.
Enable Third-Party Keyboards
To enable a new keyboard after installing it, you’ll need to head into Settings after installing it. Navigate to Settings > General > Keyboards > Keyboards. Tap Add a 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.
Give a Keyboard Internet Access
To give a keyboard full Internet access — for example, allowing SwiftKey to synchronize your typing profile across all your devices — tap the name of the keyboard you added on the Keyboards screen and enable “Allow Full Access.”
Apple notes that this could be a security issue, as the keyboard could potentially transmit private data you type — such as your password or credit card information. Keyboards don’t have Internet access by default for this reason, and you don’t have to enable Internet access to use any keyboard. Some keyboard features — like SwiftKey’s syncing — may only be available with Internet access.
Switch to a Third-Party Keyboard
Once you’ve enabled a keyboard on the Settings screen, it will be available to use. Bring up the keyboard in any app and tap the globe icon in the bottom-left corner of the keyboard to cycle between 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 switch to it.
Use the keyboard normally and, when you want to switch back, tap the globe icon again. Apple requires that all third-party keyboards include a button that switches to the next keyboard, but it will look a bit different on each keyboard.
Configure a Keyboard
Each keyboard will also install its own app icon on your home screen. You can open the app to view settings and configure the keyboard. The apps will often contain information about using the keyboard, too. To uninstall a keyboard, remove the app like you normally would — long-press the app icon on your home screen and tap the X that appears.
That’s basically it — this process will be the same no matter what third-party keyboards you install in the future. The ability to enable multiple third-party keyboards and cycle between them with a single tap is convenient — it allows you to install more specialized keyboards and quickly switch between them without opening any menus.
Learning how to use and install third party keyboards on iOS can really improve your user experience when messaging or typing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Apple now allows developers to program third party keyboards for iOS 8 and hopefully we’ll see some innovation in the mobile typing industry.
In the video above, I show users how to install and use the TouchPal third party keyboard for iOS. TouchPal allows users to simply drag over the letters that they’d like to type instead of having to specifically tap each particular letter. It also eliminates the need to tap the spacebar. As soon as you finish dragging your fingers over a word, start dragging over the letters for the next word and the keyboard will add a space automatically.
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To install third party keyboards on iOS 8, users need to first download the particular keyboard from the Apple App Store. Once the app has been downloaded, users can configure that app by doing the following:
- Navigate to your iOS settings
- Tap on the General section
- Tap on the Keyboard section
- Tap on Keyboards
- Tap on Add New Keyboard
- Choose the particular keyboard from the “Third party keyboards” section
- Tap on the particular keyboard and allow it access
I’ve been waiting for the speed that we type on our mobile devices to increase through the use of innovative keyboards and / or gestures and I believe this may be the beginning of that era.
Now that Apple has opened up iOS to allow for third party keyboards, we should seem some increased competition in this marketplace and we all know that competition leads to innovation!
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Android users have a lot of choice when it comes to selecting third-party keyboards. Third-party keyboards have arrived. With iOS 8, iPhone and iPad users can replace Apple’s default keyboard with a third-party option. This allows users to customize their device.
Now iPhone and iPad users can finally replace the default Apple keyboard and use some of the best third-party alternatives available on the App store. There are a couple of third-party keyboard available on the App store, such as Swiftkey (Free), Swipe (Rs.60), Fleksy (Rs. 60) and GIF keyboard (Free).
If you haven’t installed available third-party keyboards on your device, we request you to download it now. Here are some useful tips and advice for setting it up quickly. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
Download Third-Party Keyboards
First and foremost, you need to visit the App store and get a third-party keyboard. We recommend you to download Swiftkey keyboard from the App store.
Enable Third-Party Keyboards
To enable a new keyboard after installing it, simply go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Keyboards. Tap Add a New Keyboard and select the keyboard you just installed.
Give Keyboard an Internet Access
For instance, we’ve downloaded the SwiftKey keyboard. To synchronize your typing profile – simply tap the name of the keyboard you added on the Keyboards screen and enable “Allow Full Access.”
Switch to a Third-Party Keyboard
Once you’ve enabled a keyboard on the settings screen, make sure to open the Keyboard in any app. Now, tap the globe icon in the bottom-left corner of the keyboard to see a list of available keyboards. Tap the name of a keyboard to switch to it.
Configure the Keyboard
Each time you download a third-party keyboard, you get to see an app icon on the home screen. You can open the app to view settings and configure the keyboard.
Rather than just use the stock Apple keyboard, iOS 8 now lets you use keyboards from TouchPal, Fleksy, SwiftKey, Swype, and more. I’ll be showing you how to set up a third-party keyboard on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, as well as giving you a firsthand look at TouchPal’s keyboard for iOS 8.
Setting Up a Third-Party Keyboard on iOS 8
In Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard, you’ll find a list of all third-party keyboards you have downloaded on iOS 8. In this tutorial, I’ll be using the TouchPal keyboard.
Once you select the keyboard, it will appear back in Keyboards as an option. Press Edit in order to rearrange them, in case you want the third-party one to be your main keyboard.
If you don’t make it the main keyboard, you can always just hold down on the globe icon in the regular keyboard and select it from the list. Below, the regular keyboard is called English (US) while the TouchPal keyboard is simply called English.
TouchPal vs. Apple’s Stock Keyboard
As far as aesthetics go, TouchPal is similar to the stock iOS keyboard. Key placement is almost identical, except for the exclusion of the microphone key and a couple different icons. Above the keyboard is the predictive text box that looks similar to iOS 8’s, but it’s slightly smaller. In fact, the whole keyboard is a tiny bit smaller, which I actually prefer.
Swipe gestures can be used to spell out words and phrases without lifting a finger, and combined with predictive text, it makes for very fast typing. Additionally, you can swipe up on the top row to enter numbers and swipe down on the third-row to insert punctuation.
Using the 12# key (which will be redesigned in later versions), you can access more punctuation keys, a numerical keyboard, and a plethora of smiley faces, all of which can be cycled through using the arrows at the bottom of the keyboard.
After using it a bit, I’m adjusting to the swipe gestures quite nicely and can quickly type out sentences without lifting a finger. The predictive text works very well (better than Apple’s version, which you can see in the comparison pics above), and TouchPal learns from the words and phrases you use most frequently, in order to improve on its predictions.
It’s safe to say that I won’t be going back to the stock iOS keyboard, which almost seems prehistoric compared to TouchPal.
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The iOS can’t be be given accolades without mentioning the virtual keyboard that the operating system uses. The keyboard is intuitive and simple and iOS users find that it does the typing job well. The keyboard is great but supposing you need a more robust keyboard that has more features… Well, third-party keyboards to the rescue!. This article is focused on helping you with installing and using third-party keyboards.
There are tons of keyboards available for download on iOS but we’ll just mention some of the more popular ones. These keyboards include:
1. SwiftKey: SwiftKey uses gesture as a method of inputs among other features, but the biggest highlight of the keyboard is its prediction capability. The keyboard can predict your next word, so that writing is made faster and accurate. SwiftKeys checks through the contents of your Gmail account, Facebook page to help predict your next word when typing.
2. KuaiBoard 2: With KuaiBoard 2, you have a better way of typing. The keyboard types out your prewritten blocks of text from just some few keyboard taps. This doesn’t make it a replacement for the main iOS keyboard but it helps you email, text faster and more efficiently.
3. Minuum: With Minuum, you have more of your iPhone screen to yourself because it can get really small. The keyboard is made that way so that it does not take much of your screen, and you can see more of what you are writing. There is also support for gestures.
4. Fleksy: Fleksy prides itself as the world’s most fastest keyboard. Aside speed, there are also a bunch of features such as multi-language support, colorful themes, resizable keyboard, etc.
How to Install Third-Party Keyboards on iOS
After you’ve downloaded the keyboard app from the App Store, it’s now time to install it. There’s no need to launch the keyboard app to install it.
1. To install the keyboard app, just go to the Settings app. From here, tap the General option.\
Tap on the General option; Source: www.howtogeek.com
2. Next, select the Keyboard option
Select the Keyboard Option; Source: www.howtogeek.com
3. Tap Keyboards and the keyboard page containing all the keyboards that are installed will appear
Tap the Keyboard button; Source: www.howtogeek.com
4. Next, you want to swipe down and the tap Add New Keyboard button.
Tap Add new Keyboard button; Source: www.howtogeek.com
5. You’ll see a list of languages at the top. Scroll down till you locate the Third-Party Keyboards section. From here, select the keyboard app you downloaded.
Select the keyboard app; Source: www.howtogeek.com
You’ll be taken back to the Keyboards interface where you’ll see that the new keyboard has been installed and ready for use.
You may not want to stop at this point if you want to use the full features of the new keyboard like GIF search. You’ll need to grant full access to the keyboard.
6. From the list of keyboards, select the third-party keyboard you just installed.
Select the new keyboard; Source: www.howtogeek.com
7. On the next screen, tap the toggle that reads Allow Full Access.
Tap Allow Full Access; Source: www.howtogeek.com
8. There will be a popup, from here, tap the Allow button to confirm.
Tap Allow; Source: www.howtogeek.com
And you can now use your new keyboard with all its features.
How to Use Third-Party Keyboards on iOS
The Globe key on the virtual keyboard allows you to easily switch between multiple third-party keyboards. The Globe key lets you switch to the next installed keyboard on the list. If you have a particular keyboard in mind to switch to, hold down the Globe key, and the list of all available keyboards will appear.
Using Third-party keyboards on iOS; Source: www.howtogeek.com
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iOS brings a really cool feature that enables users to install any third-party keyboard on their iOS device. Right after the release of iOS several third-party keyboards were made available in the App Store for download while many others are on the way. While installing new keyboard on an iPhone or iPad, you have to do a little more than simply installing your favorite one from the App Store. In this post we will show you how you can add any third-party keyboard for iOS 8 on your device.
1. After downloading the best third-party keyboard for iOS launch the Settings app on your device.
2. Next tap on ‘General’ option and then look for ‘Keyboard’. Tap on it.
3. On the next screen you have to tap on the ‘Keyboards’ option and then ‘Add New Keyboard’. This will take you to a page that will list all the new keyboards you have downloaded. Just select the one you want to enable.
4. Now you will be back to the ‘Keyboards’ screen. Here tap on the keyboard you just added and from next screen turn on the toggle for ‘Allow Full Access’. Please note that by allowing full access you are allowing the developer to transmit sensitive information to the developer of the keyboard. However without activating this option you won’t be able to use this new keyboard system-wide. After you are done simply access it by tapping on the ‘Globe’ button on the on-screen keyboard.
That’s it! Now you will be able to use the keyboard anywhere you want.
How to remove any third-party iOS keyboard
If you want to remove any third-party keyboard that you previously installed and enabled, you can do it through the Settings app as well. Here’s how.
- On your iOS device open Settings > General > Keyboard.
- Tap on ‘Keyboards’ and then ‘Edit’. Remove the keyboard you want to delete.
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
- Head to the App Store and download a third party keyboard like Swype, Swiftkey, or another
- Open the Settings app and go to “General” and then choose “Keyboard”
- Tap on “Keyboards” and then select “Add New Keyboard”
- 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*
- Exit out of Settings and head to anywhere with a text input, like Notes app
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.
- Tap and hold on the keyboard icon (the little globe, the same way Emoji is accessed) and choose your newly added third party keyboard
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.
Anytime you tap on an text field, your iPhone or iPad knows that you need to type and instinctively will bring up the default qwerty keyboard on the bottom half of the screen. It’s a quick and handy way to get typing when you need to, but have you ever stopped to think that maybe your keyboard could be doing more for you?
Apple’s built-in keyboard is already very practical. With the Emoji keyboard already installed on all iOS devices, most people will probably find themselves completely satisfied with the default keyboard. However, there are some pretty neat things you can do to the existing keyboard and you can even install third party keyboards for a completely different feel and look.
How to add a built-in keyboard
Apple has already taken care of your Emoji needs by making it a part of the default keyboard, but probably the most common reason for adding any additional built-in keyboards is for communicating in different languages.
- Launch Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on the General button.
Swipe up to scroll down the menu.
Tap on Add New Keyboard
Tap on the keyboard you want to select.
Whenever your keyboard pops up on your phone you will have easy access to any of the keyboards you have added. Now you can type out the lyrics to Lady Marmalade with all the correct accents. We assume that’s the only reason you would be typing that…
How to quickly switch between keyboards on iPhone and iPad
Now that you have a few keyboards at your disposal, you need to learn how to switch between them all.
- Pull up a keyboard in any app.
- Tap and hold on the globe key.
Tap on the keyboard name you’d like to use.
To return to another keyboard, simply tap and hold the globe key and make your selection again.
That’s it! The keyboard you chose should now appear throughout iOS in place of the built-in one that comes standard. Simply start using it.
How to install a third party keyboard on iPhone and iPad
Apple gives you the ability to use custom third party keyboards on your iPhone or iPad. Whether you prefer swiping over typing or just feel like the built-in keyboard holds you back, you now have options! All you have to do is download some keyboards from the App Store, activate them, and you’ve got a customized experience!
- Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
- Tap on General.
Tap on Keyboard.
Tap on Keyboards at the top.
Under Third-Party Keyboards, tap on the keyboard name that you’d like to use.
Now every time you call up the keyboard on your device will allow you to switch between all the third party and built-in keyboards you have added. You can also switch your new keyboard to be your default at any time.
How to set a keyboard as the default on iPhone and iPad
Once you find the perfect keyboard for you, odds are you’ll want it to be your go-to default for everything. Luckily, there’s an easy way to set it as your default so you don’t have to toggle back and forth each time you want to use it.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on General.
Tap on Keyboard.
Tap on Edit.
Tap Done at the top right.
That’s all there is to it! Whatever keyboard you have positioned in the top spot will now be your default.
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How To Install Third-Party iOS 8 Keyboards And Widgets On Your iPhone Or iPad
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.
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.
Step 3: Now tap on Keyboards, followed by Add New Keyboard.
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.
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 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.
That’s it, your widget(s) will now appear in Notification Center as shown in the screenshot below:
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