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These iPhone Keyboards Make Typing More Fun

When Apple debuted the soft keyboard with the original iPhone, it was a huge hit. While it's gotten better over the years, there are plenty of options out there for alternative keyboards. Many of them are much more useful than the built-in keyboard, offering additional features like swipe typing, animated GIFs, custom emoji, and more. Others let you customize what your keyboard looks like. Check out some of these keyboard alternatives, and then decide on your favorite.

Keyboards For Swipers

These keyboards support swipe typing, letting you glide your finger across the keys and then automatically determining what you are typing. It's almost magical to watch, and glide or swipe typing is an efficient way to compose messages, emails, or other documents faster than you could ever imagine.

Gboard

The keyboard with Google built in

Gboard

Glide typing in Gboard

It has everything you could ask a keyboard to do, plus a bit extra

When you first download Google's Gboard, you might not realize how much you're getting. Sure, you have to go through all the setup steps of allowing it full system access and then adding it to your keyboard lists. Still, you might not know how much is packed into the keyboard, and how solidly Google is supporting it. The search engine giant keeps coming up with new features to add to the keyboard. Right off the bat, we got glide-based typing, but that was only the beginning. Voice dictation came later, and a new update has added even more functionality.

Why we love it

If words simply won't do, you don't like any of the emojis available, and nothing else seems to fit, just draw your own picture. The latest update to Gboard lets you do that. All you have to do is tap the Emoji icon, then find the marker at the bottom of the screen. Just like that, you'll be able to doodle your own picture to send to your contact. You can choose from nine different colors of markers, and can even adjust the width of the line you draw. The doodling feature even supports undo, so you can express yourself artistically with confidence in being able to erase a mistake quickly and easily. Google might not have come up with the idea of handwritten drawings on iOS, especially in messages. However, the way it works is far superior to what you can do with Digital Touch if you want to actually draw something and know what it's going to look like.

Swype

The original swiping keyboard.

Swype

Swyping Is Easy

For power users who want to swipe instead of typing

Swype is the original keyboard for swiping. The app uses intuitive language models to figure out what you're typing by how you swipe along the keys. It supports regional dialects, trending new words, and even a personal dictionary. Swype includes five free themes for your keyboard, and you can download more with an in-app purchase.

Why we love it

Swype is terrific for quick, easy messaging and writing emails. It's intuitive enough to figure out even slang words, and is always being updated with new words and phrases. It's the original swiping keyboard, and it's kept up with the times really well.

Emoji-Rich Keyboards

Some people are addicted to emojis, and these keyboards will help them get that fix. From Disney emoji to symbols, these keyboard alternatives will help you better expres yourself through cute or gorgeous pictures.

Disney Emoji Blitz - Halloween

A Match-3 game with a fun twist

Disney Emoji Blitz - Halloween

Time to start

For Disney fans who love to play Match-3 games.

From The Muppets to Monster's Inc and more, there's an emoji for everyone in the game. Gamers can blast the board with super powers and fun combos. You can also play missions to boost the score and earn different prizes. Gamers can even challenge friends' high scores.

Why we love it

The combination of Match-3, Disney, and emojis is definitely a hard one to beat. Even if you're not a fan of other games like Candy Crush, the ability to unlock Disney-themed emoji should keep most players coming back for more.

Keymoji Premium Emoji Keyboard

The keyboard that turns emoji into an artform

Keymoji Premium Emoji Keyboard

Emoji and even emoji art

For people who want to take their emoji to the next level

Yes, it's an autocomplete emoji keyboard for your iPhone. It detects what you're typing, and translates it into great emojis. The keyboard includes a crowdsourced dictionary, so you don't have to think up phrases to find the right pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what might a picture made with pictures be worth? Find out by exploring the growing collection of emoji artwork.

Why we love it

This app is unique because of its autocomplete feature, as well as the emoji art included. This collection of artwork drawn from emoji and keyboard characters is growing every day, so it's exciting to see what might come next. It's easy to use, and fun to send new and interesting emoji.

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For people who love their emoji

This app provides you with all of the built-in emoji in iOS, plus even more. You'll enjoy access to emojis, iMessage stickers, and themes to decorate your keyboard. You can request new, real emoji, and the developers will build them. All of the emojis are smartly organized into categories, and the keyboard includes 12 colorful themes. The app even gives you fun emoji puzzle games to play.

Why we love it

This keyboard supports both iPhone and iPad, so you get the same experience on either device. You can send emojis and stickers so much faster, and it's great being able to dress up your keyboard with gorgeous colors.

Create Your Very Own Keyboard With These Apps

Sometimes, all you want to do is decorate your keyboard. These apps will help you do just that, offering you the ability to do things like add a splash of color to your keyboard, change the typography on your keys, or even add animations to your keyboard.

Keeboard Keyboard

Full keyboard customization

Keeboard Keyboard

Customize Your Keyboard From the Ground up

For anybody who wants to take control over what their keyboard looks and sounds like

Keeboard has a ton of options to choose from. You can set key colors, text color, fonts, and even animations. With in-app purchase, you can unlock lots of other customization options and themes, but even the free version of the app gives you plenty of choices. You're able to change everything from the keyboard background to the sounds keys make when you tap on them.

Why we love it

Keeboard gives you control over the keyboard that was once only possible on Android. You can set animations, background images, and much more. Even custom sounds are possible in Keeboard.

Video Keyboards - Video Animated Keyboard and Keys

The keyboard app that animates your keys

Video Keyboards - Video Animated Keyboard and Keys

An Animated Keyboard Like no Other

For users who want more spice in their typing experience

Video Keyboards allows you to animate your iOS keyboard, from the background to the key animations themselves. Customize just about every aspect of your iOS keyboard, combining button effects with background animations. There's a quick emoji bar, click sounds, and very quick reaction. You can use your custom keyboard in any app that supports keyboard input.

Why we love it

It gives amazing animations, and terrific button effects. This is one of the best apps for creating a fully customized keyboard, and is sure to please. The inclusion of a quick emoji bar along with a button to access the rest of the emoji is a very nice touch.