While the default Android keyboard is good enough and supports features like ‘Swipe to Type’, you may still want to experience the features of an intelligent Keyboard like SwiftKey.
In case you do want to try SwiftKey, you will find all the steps below to Enable SwiftKey on an Android Device and also the steps to use some of its better known features.
SwiftKey Android Features
Compared to SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad, SwiftKey for Android devices comes with a lot more features.
1. Number Row on Qwerty Keyboard: This feature is extremely useful, in case you hate constantly switching between the number keyboard and Qwerty keyboard.
2. Change Layout: SwiftKey allows you to change the layout of the keyboard from a full sized keyboard to either a thumb keyboard or a compact keyboard.
3. Multiple Themes: SwiftKey for Android comes with 18 free themes, in comparison SwiftKey for iOS devices comes with only 3 free themes.
4. Undock Keyboard: In case you hate having the keyboard at the bottom of your screen, SwiftKey allows you to undock the keyboard and place it anywhere else on your screen.
5. Quick Edit Menu: SwiftKey for Android features a quick editing menu right on the keyboard, which will allow you to easily make changes to the keyboard without having to open the SwiftKey app.
Enable SwiftKey on Android Phone
Follow the steps below to Enable SwiftKey on your Android Phone or tablet.
1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android phone and search for SwiftKey app
2. Download and Install the SwiftKey app to your Android Phone.
3. Once the app has finished downloading, open the SwiftKey app and tap on Enable SwiftKey
4. On the next screen, tap on the Slider next to SwiftKey keyboard (See image below).
5. You will see a pop-up informing you that SwiftKey will be able to collect all the text that you enter on your phone. Tap on OK to get to the next screen.
6. On the next screen, tap on Select SwiftKey.
7. From the pop-up select SwiftKey Keyboard
8. Next tap on Get Better Predictions and finish setting up SwiftKey by following easy to follow On-screen instructions.
Now that SwiftKey Keyboard has been enabled on your device, you can try some SwiftKey features by following the steps below.
Enable Letters and Numbers on the Same Keyboard
On the default Android Keyboard the letters and numbers will be on separate keyboards. SwiftKey allows you to have both letters and numbers on the same keyboard.
1. Tap on the 3 line icon, located near the top left corner of the keyboard (See image below).
2. Next tap on Keys on the SwiftKey menu that appears.
3. On the next screen, tap on the Checkbox beside Number Row option to show both number row and the letters on the same keyboard.
Change SwiftKey Keyboard Layout to Thumb or Compact
As mentioned earlier, SwiftKey also gives users the option to change the keyboard layout from the default Full keyboard to either a Thumb Keyboard or a Compact keyboard.
Thumb Keyboard: A Thumb keyboard splits the keyboard into two halves and moves the keys closer to the edge of the screen, which makes it easier to type on big phones.
Compact Keyboard: A compact keyboard reduces the size of the keyboard, giving you more screen space to view content.
The process of changing the keyboard from full layout to either thumb or compact layout is pretty easy.
1. Tap on the 3 line icon located near the top left corner of your keyboard
2. Next tap on Layout from the colorful menu that appears.
3. On the next screen, choose either Thumb layout or Compact layout.
Change SwiftKey Keyboard Theme
SwiftKey for Android comes with 18 free Themes, in addition to a number of paid Themes that you can get for $1 per theme.
Follow the steps below to change the default Theme of your SwiftKey Keyboard.
1. Tap on the 3 line icon.
2. Next, tap on the Paint icon (See image below)
3. Swipe right and left to select between free Themes or tap on the SwiftKey Store to view paid themes.
Undock SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey allows you to undock the keyboard and place it anywhere on the screen.
1. Tap on the 3 line icon located near the top left corner of the keyboard
2. From the menu that appears tap on Undock.
3. Now, Tap and Hold the Circle to move the keyboard around on your screen (see image below)
Note: You can easily dock the keyboard back by tapping on the 3 line icon > and tapping on Dock from the Menu that appears.
Disable SwiftKey on Android Phone
In case you feel like going back to the default Android Keyboard, you can easily disable SwiftKey Keyboard on your Android phone by following the steps below.
1. From the Home Screen of your Android Phone, tap on Settings
2. Next, tap on Language and Input.
3. Tap on Default Keyboard
4. From the popup menu that appears, select your phone’s Default keyboard.