For the first time ever, users will be able to install custom keyboards on iOS.
The brand-new iOS 8 gives Apple’s native keyboard a major face lift. Most notably, the Prediction Bar located above the familiar iPhone keyboard. The Prediction Bar will automatically appear on every device running on iOS 8 and will predict commonly used words similar to third-party keyboards that have been around for years on Android and Blackberry devices
Apple’s improved keyboard may be a step in the right direction but iOS 8 may still leave something to be desired for typing enthusiasts. Thankfully, Apple has now given users the option to install third-party keyboards like Swiftkey and Key Swipe — the very same keyboards that have infatuated Android users for years. Here’s our how-to guide to installing custom keyboards on iOS 8.
To activate a new keyboard:
Step 1 : Tap the app icon to open it.
Step 2 : Then, go to your iOS Settings
Step 3 : Then go to General > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard.
Step 4 : Just below the suggested keyboards section is where you’ll find a list of installed third-party keyboards.
Step 5 : Tap on the name of the keyboard you’d like to activate, and enable the languages you want to use (assuming the keyboard allows for multiple languages).
Keyboard apps will install an app icon, just like any other app, on your iOS device. Most of the time this is where you can find personalization settings and options for the keyboard.
To switch between keyboards, tap on the Globe icon on the keyboard when entering text. Doing so will cycle through all enabled keyboards you have on your device. To help cut down on jumping between multiple keyboards, you can disable the default iOS keyboard with a simple swipe-to-delete gesture — a swipe to the left — on the same Keyboards screen mentioned above.
In order to help better protect your privacy, Apple has some rules about where a custom keyboard can and can’t be present. For example, password prompts will likely default to the stock iOS keyboard.
There are quite a few options to choose from, and if you don’t know which is the right one for you, be sure to check our guide to the best iOS 8 custom keyboards.