Using Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

You can use third-party keyboards as alternatives to the regular iOS 8 keyboard when typing in almost any app. You install keyboards from the App Store and then need to enable them in Settings. Some keyboards offer alternative ways to type, while others bring novel features like handwriting recognition and text expansion.

Comments: 171 Responses to “Using Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8”

    Charles Young
    5 years ago

    Do these puppies all disable my iOS Keyboard Shortcuts, or can I import ’em or otherwise use ’em without having to switch back to the regular iOS keyboard?

    Thanks and best wishes,
    Charles

    Shaaron
    5 years ago

    What are your thoughts on privacy and allowing full access to third party keyboards?

      5 years ago

      You mean that third-party app makers could put malicious code into the keyboards to track what you type? That’s technically possible, but they have to be part of the Apple dev program to have an app in the store, and that means Apple knows a lot about them. They’d be found out. Seems like too much effort as there are easier ways to steal information.

        Shaaron
        5 years ago

        Yes, concerned about tracking key strokes. Thanks Gary!

    John Delcoure
    5 years ago

    I just purchased a physical keyboard for my iPad Air. Can I use one of the apps with predictive text with it?

      5 years ago

      Predictive text works with the on-screen keyboard. The whole idea is that these buttons appear above the keyboard and change all the time, something a physical keyboard can’t do.

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