The iPhone’s auto-correct function is a source of endless entertainment and frustration for iOS users. Although most users probably don’t stop and think about it, Apple’s keyboard is, in part, to blame for this comedy of errors. If you’re an Android user, or you know someone who is, you know the keyboard that comes preinstalled on your device isn’t the only option out there.
For years, Swype, SwiftKey, Fleksy, Multiling, and more have taken over millions of Android smartphones as the default keyboard. Meanwhile, iOS users have sat back, dejectedly looking at all their friends cool keyboards. Ever since June of last year, iOS users have been downloading alternative keyboards like crazy. Here are all our favorites.
Updated on 07-08-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Fleksy is now free forever with its support for multiple languages, emoji, GIFs, and more.
Fleksy was one of the first big-name keyboards to launch in the App Store. It started out free, but then went back to its standard $1 price tag. Now, the keyboard app will finally be free forever to any new users, though there will still be in-app purchases for themes and other goodies. Those who paid for the app will get $8 worth of free themes and extensions as thanks for being early supporters.
Fleksy supports 40 languages including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Hebrew, Dutch, and more. Fleksy added multiple themes for iOS 8, so you can personalize your typing experience. More than 800 emoji come with the app, and it also supports GIFs. Fleksy has more than 35 themes for users to choose from, and many of them are free. Get it on the App Store here.
Our photos are scattered all over various social media accounts, devices, and cloud storage platforms, which makes it almost impossible to find the photo you’re looking for. Kwilt’s photo aggregator app brings all of your photos together from your Camera Roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, Photobucket, Google+, and many other platforms, and sorts them by date, location, holidays, and other filters. Now, Kwilt has incorporated its photo aggregation tools into an iOS keyboard called KwiltKeys.
The new keyboard app brings all your photos together in one place, so you don’t have to go hunting for them on all the various social networks and cloud platforms you use. No matter which messaging app you use, whether it be Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMessage, or something else, KwiltKeys gives you access to all your photos right from the keyboard. You never have to leave the app to share a picture that’s not in your camera roll.
To share a photo, you simply find the photo you’re looking for, tap it, and long press in the text entry field to paste it into the message. When you’re done, you just tap back into your other keyboard. Each photo has a Kwilt watermark on it now, but the app is free, and a paid tier may allow you to remove the watermark in the future.
Kwilt’s SDK is open, and its creators told Digital Trends that they’re eager to incorporate Kwilt’s technology into other leading keyboard apps like SwiftKey. It’s currently in beta, but you can request an invite on Kwilt’s website.
Emoji Keyboard by Line
Line has released its own iOS keyboard, so you can converse using many of the stickers commonly used in its messaging app, including those featuring the Cony and Brown characters.
The keyboard is free to download and contains 3,000 different stickers and emojis — both static and animated — which are selected, and then pasted into an iMessage. Sadly, at this time, there’s no option to import sticker packs purchased through the Line messenger app for use with the keyboard. You can pick up Emoji Keyboard by Line through the iTunes App Store here.
Remember playing hangman with your best friend during boring classes at school? Well, now you can do it on your phone, instead of in your spiral notebook. A new keyboard app called HangKeys lets you play hangman with your friends in any messaging app.
You simply create the puzzle, and send it to your friend. If they guess wrong, they’ll earn a body part in the message thread, just like they would on paper. If they get it right, they’ll continue on without penalty. Theoretically, you could play hangman in group chats with your friends. Imagine the possibilities! HangKeys is available on the iOS App Store for free.
If you’re the kind of person who walks around quoting Taylor Swift lyrics in everyday life, TayText is the first keyboard you should download on your iPhone. The keyboard uses Apple’s QuickType feature to figure out the perfect Swift response to any text message you receive. The next time you’re texting your crush and he or she types, “Hey, what’s up?” you can be sure that TayText will respond with some delightful lyric like, “Love’s a game, wanna play?”
TayText has 11 themes to suit your mood, including Just Beginning, Into You, Over You, Missing You, It’s Over, Trouble, Growing Up, Haters, Party On, Preach, and Random. Perhaps the best thing about the app is that it costs a mere $1 on the App Store.