The 15 best keyboards for the iPhone, from Thumbly to Gif

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Best creative keyboards

KwiltKeys (free)

KwiltKeys App

The Kwiltkeys 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 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.

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HangKeys (free)

HangKeys App

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. 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!

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Bitmoji (free)

Bitmoji App

Bitmoji is the perfect keyboard app for iOS users who prefer to send depictions of themselves instead of mere texts. Bitmoji lets users create and send their very own emoji directly from their keyboard. You can use it in Snapchat, iMessage, or any of your favorite chat apps. You can easily create an expressive avatar and then choose from a growing library of moods and stickers, all of which utilize your avatar. Moreover, if you’re one of the millions of people with a Bitstrips avatar, you can simply download the app, sign in using your Facebook account, and have instant access to your personal avatar and collection.

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DrawType ($1)

DrawType App

For those moments when only hand-drawn messages will do, there’s DrawType, a new keyboard app for iOS that lets you draw anything you want and send it as a picture in your favorite messaging app. It also has its own keyboard for normal typing. You can choose between a few different colors, and there’s a back button for when you make mistakes. Once you’re satisfied with your picture, tap the button with an arrow pointing up, and you can either copy it and paste it into the message field or save it to your camerarRoll. Your creations may look like the sort of things you used to make in Microsoft paint back in your childhood, but it’s decidedly fun to use.

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Gif Keyboard ($1)

Gif Keyboard App

Not sure how to express yourself? Say it with a GIF. Riffsy’s GIF Keyboard lets you search through millions of animated GIFs, some with music and some without. The GIFs are separated into categories for those of you who don’t have a particular one in mind. Customize your keyboard with the GIFs you love the most and create collections of your favorite GIFs. The app works with your favorite messengers and social networks including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook. Just long-press on a GIF to pull up options to share the GIF, video, or link, or save to camera roll.

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Dig deeper into emoji keyboards with our picks for the top emoji keyboards for iOS and Android. And if you’re looking to have fun texting, here are our picks for the best 15 free texting games.

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