Ever since Apple allowed third-party keyboards starting with iOS 8, users have been able to select from a wide variety of different options that bring additional features compared to the stock version.
Now almost four years later, there are so many keyboard options available, it’s hard to know where to start.
But if you’re looking for an all-around choice with a number of great features, take a look at TouchPal Keyboard.
After downloading the app, you’ll need to activate it for use. Head to Settings > General > Keyboard and then choose TouchPal Keyboard.
Then select Allow Full Access.
That will allow users to access all of the different features include language switching and themes.
Tons of Great Features
The most important part of any keyboard, typing, is easy with the app. With special technology, you can simply slide your finger from one letter to another to form a word. Your finger will never lift from the screen. You can also type normally or even select from a T9 or T+ keyboard layout.
To make sure your typing is error free, smart prediction technology learns your writing style and then predicts more accurately what is coming up next. At least for me, the predictions were even more accurate than on Apple’s own keyboard.
There are more than a few ways to customize the keyboard. Various themes you can select include a Super Mario-esque Super Game and others. If none of those suit your fancy, or you can even select a picture from your own gallery for the keyboard background.
Any emoji fans should also be very happy using the keyboard as there are more than 1,500 to select from. And there’s no need to switch keyboards. Just hold the Enter key to bring up the different options.
Coming Soon: Talia
And coming soon, the keyboard will add even more smarts with a personal assistant named Talia.
With that feature, users will be able to quickly access their keyboard to paste in information.
It will also predict a relevant emoji based on the text. You’ll also be able to search and send anything directly from the keyboard.
TouchPal Keyboard is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models.
For more information about the keyboard, you can also visit the official TouchPal Keyboard site.
If you've grown bored with Apple's stock keyboard for an iPhone or iPad, TouchPal Keyboard is a nice option to definitely consider.
The swipe typing feature is accurate and smart prediction helps make sure that you stay error-free. Additional features like the different themes, emojis, multiple language support, and more, are a fun bonus and make the app even better.