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How to change Samsung keyboard

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You recently bought one Samsung smartphone and you feel comfortable, except for one particular: the keyboard, which you find quite uncomfortable. I don’t see where the problem is: Android, the operating system that animates Samsung smartphones, offers the user the possibility to replace the default keyboard and use another one instead of it: just download the keyboard of your preference from the Play Store and do a few taps in the Android settings.

If you give me five minutes of your free time, I’ll show you how to change samsung keyboard showing you step by step the actions to follow to succeed. Also, I’ll tell you how to change the default keyboard settings, and if you need to, I’ll point out some of the best keyboards for Samsung mobile phones.

Note: I will use the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone for the guide, updated to Android version 7.0 (Nougat). Some menu items may differ from phone to phone, although the procedure remains similar if you have one of the latest versions of Google’s operating system on board. Happy reading and have fun!

Change Samsung default keyboard

Replacing the Samsung default keyboard with one of your own is an operation that takes a few seconds. How you do it? I’ll explain it to you right away. After installing the desired keyboard app, start it and activate it through the guided configuration that is proposed to you.

Next, open any application that requires the use of the keyboard. Once the keyboard appears, make one swipe from top to bottom and, on the notifications screen, tap on the item Select keyboard. In the new screen that opens, put the check mark next to the keyboard you want and that’s it. Now you just have to start composing the text message you want to try the new keyboard of your Samsung smartphone.

Let’s take a concrete example: if you choose to download the official Google keyboard (Gboard), linked to the official page of the app on the Play Store and presses the button Install / Agree. When the download is complete, open the app, tap the button Enable in Settings and, in the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the application Gboard. Complete the activation by tapping on the item OK present in the screen Activate the selected keyboard.

Now, go back to the phone home screen by pressing the button Home and open the Internet browser app you use (eg. Chrome). Tap the search bar Search or type a URL and, when the keyboard appears, make one swipe from top to bottom to open the notification screen. Among the items present, the option should also appear Select keyboard, under the option Android system. Press on the voice Select keyboard and, in the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the item Gboard.

Alternatively, you can decide to select Gboard as the default keyboard at the time of its first configuration. Once the download is complete, start the app and press the button Enable in Settings. In the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the application Gboard and confirm the activation by tapping on the item OK. Now complete the second step by pressing the button Select the input method and, in the new screen, placing the check mark next to the item Gboard.

If you have a phone with an Android version older than Nougat, to change the default keyboard open the Settings (the gear icon), tap on the item Advanced settings, then select the option Language and input and presses on the voice Virtual keyboard. In the new screen that appears, put the check mark next to the keyboard you want to use.

Change Samsung keyboard settings

Over time, you may feel the need to change some details of the default keyboard, especially if you usually use your smartphone for many hours during the day. Furthermore, overnight, it can happen to find yourself in front of an indecipherable keyboard, due to the sudden change of settings. Almost all owners of a smartphone, sooner or later, run into these problems. Thankfully, their resolution is trivial.

If you’re using Samsung’s default keyboard and want to change the input language, open the Settings (the gear icon), tap on the option General management and, in the screen that opens, select the item Language and input. Now, press on the option Virtual keyboard, select the item Samsung keyboard and, in the screen that opens, tap on the command Languages ​​and types.

In the new screen displayed, presses the button Manage input languages, tap on the item I accept and put the check mark next to the desired item, for example English (UK). If in the screen Manage input languages you only see the items Italian And English (UK) and you want to select a different language, tap onthree dots icon (top right) and, on the next screen, select the item Check the updates.

Once the search is finished, under the heading Languages ​​available, the languages ​​found thanks to the update will appear. To download the language pack and make it actually available, tap onarrow icon placed next to the desired language and wait for the download to complete. At this point, to use the newly downloaded language as default, put the check mark next to the corresponding item placed under the option Languages ​​downloaded.

Furthermore, you can choose to use two languages ​​at the same time, in order to receive both the recognition and the correction of the words typed in the two selected languages ​​in real time. To do this, simply put the check mark next to the desired second language under the option Languages ​​downloaded.

If you want to change the order of the input languages ​​of the Samsung default keyboard, open the Settings (the gear icon), tap on the item General management and select the option Language and input. In the new screen that appears, select the item Virtual keyboard, then tap on the option Samsung keyboard and press on the item Languages ​​and types. Now, press onthree dots icon and then tap on the item Reorder. On the screen Reorder insert languages, tap on the language for which you want to change the position and drag it with your finger to the first place if you want to set it as default.

You can also change the Samsung default keyboard layout or any other keyboard installed on your smartphone. To do this, open the Settings (the gear icon), tap on the item General management, select the option Language and input and presses on the command Virtual keyboard.

Now, press onkeyboard icon for which you want to change the layout (ex. Samsung keyboard), tap on the item Languages ​​and types, select the language for which you want to change the layout (ex. Italian) and, in the screen that opens, select one of the two available options: QWERTY keyboard or 3 × 4 keyboard.

I remind you that in the QWERTY keyboard the keys are positioned as in the computer keyboard, while in the 3 × 4 keyboard the keys are placed as in the keyboards of older mobile phones, when the phone screen was not yet touch. If you are looking for further information, I invite you to read my guide on how to set up samsung keyboard.

Best keyboards for Samsung smartphones

The choice of the keyboard to use on a Samsung smartphone should be based on common sense rules, also valid for phones of other brands equipped with the Android operating system. Before installing any keyboard, therefore, check the reliability of the developer and the app itself by reading reviews written by users.

Also, be sure to do not download external keyboards from the Play Store: therefore, stay away from apk packages and applications from external sites. In fact, you can run the risk of downloading keyboards developed by cybercriminals with the sole intent of spying on your every activity and checking any word typed with the smartphone keyboard. If you give me another couple of minutes of your free time, I can suggest some of the best keyboards for your Samsung smartphone.

Gboard

Gboard is the official Google keyboard, downloaded over 500 million times. Among its functions, we note the rapid composition of words with scrolling typing, voice typing, the possibility of using GIFs and emojis and the support of gestures, that is typing through gestures.

In addition, Gboard allows you to search and enter – in the app you are using – information taken from the Google search engine, such as weather forecasts and sports results. Gboard is free and contains no ads.

SwiftKey Keyboard

SwiftKey Keyboard is one of the most downloaded keyboards by Android users, boasting over 100 million downloads. Based on Artificial Intelligence, it learns the smartphone owner’s writing style, predicting the insertion of words and emojis and correcting any mistakes made while typing text in real time. To activate machine learning from external services (including Facebook and Twitter), you need to log in to your referral account.

An example: if you want to allow SwiftKey to activate learning while using the Gmail app, start the app, tap the option Account, then presses the button Log in and, in the new screen that opens, select your Gmail account to complete the association with the SwiftKey keyboard. At this point, tap the voices in quick succession Customize And Allow.

In addition, the keyboard supports gestures, more than 250 input languages ​​and offers a high level of customization with dozens and dozens of free themes.

Fleksy

Fleksy it is another very popular keyboard among Android users, as evidenced by the number of downloads achieved so far by the application (5-10 million). Like its best known “colleagues”, it offers the user the possibility to compose words without ever taking their fingers off the keyboard and to use animated GIFs. The function that allows you to search and enter information taken from the Qwant search engine is interesting.

What distinguishes it from the other most famous Android keyboards is the use of gestures. For example, if you want to delete a word, just swipe from right to left on the keyboard. Instead, if you want to add a space, just swipe from left to right. Furthermore, it is possible to customize the app by adding new themes and extensions, which in some cases may require the payment of a few euros. If you want to learn more, I recommend reading my tutorial on the best Android keyboard.