How To Change Your Default Android Keyboard

There’s a lot of alternatives for your Android keyboard available in Google Play. Here’s how to make the default keyboard something else on your device.

Although the stock Android keyboard has gone through a few minor improvements, it’s no secret that there are better, more advanced keyboard apps out there. SwiftKey X, Swype, SlideIT and Go Keyboard all offer added features for typing faster and easier. It’s fun to experiment with several keyboards to know which one suits your typing needs best. If you’re switching between different keyboards in Android 4.0, a basic function you need to learn is changing the default keyboard for your device. Here’s how to do it in Android 4.0.

Hit the Menu key and tap System Settings. If you don’t see this option, look for the Settings app in the app drawer.

Select Language & input from the list.

settings menu

Under Keyboard & Input methods, you should see a list of installed keyboards on your device. The default one is Android keyboard. If you have any other keyboard apps installed, it will show up on the bottom of the list. In this example, I have SwiftKey 3 installed, but it is not my default keyboard.

keyboard settings

To switch to a different keyboard, tap the tick box on its left. A popup confirmation box may show up – tap on OK.

popup keyboard change

It will then prompt you to choose an input method. Whatever you choose here becomes the default keyboard for typing across all apps.


Hit the Back key to return to your home screen. You may now check if the settings were successfully changed by typing in any app.

Third party Android keyboards are pretty diverse, and it ultimately becomes a matter of preference when choosing and sticking to just one. If you’re a new Android user, this is something you probably will explore during the first few weeks of owning the device.

For some alternatives, check out this list of five keyboard alternatives for Android.



  1. Anthony Raynor

    November 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    The lack of Swift Key is “the reason” I couldn’t adjust to the iPhone, it’s the best.

  2. disqus_YOI8kRs3uD

    November 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Swiftkey 3 is listed as free in Gplay but installs as a trial. Needless to say I uninstalled.”Buyer” beware.

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