Keyboards usually go unnoticed as applications, mostly because people don't even know that alternatives to the pre-loaded version exist. Most of us stick with our standard keyboard for as long as our device lives. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Keyboards should be customizable to satisfy everyone's specific needs and typing quirks. Not everyone has the same necessities: some prefer old-style keyboards, others like to draw, some people need a translation keyboard... the list goes on. That's where we come in.
With the following list of apps, we've gathered together some of the most popular and essential custom keyboards for your iPhone. Some are classic and professional, others are just for fun... The point is: you should be able to use whichever you need, in whatever context you need it.
PopKey is one of the most popular keyboard applications, mainly because of its GIF feature. The app includes a large collection of GIFs to choose from, divided into several categories. You'll find the perfect GIF to show just how you're feeling. Tap to copy your GIF to the clipboard, and paste it to send it to your friends. Don't forget to create your own and save them as favorites.
Swiftkey Keyboard is probably one of the most complete keyboards you'll ever find. It's professional and completely customizable: it will suggest any words you've typed before, supports many languages, includes gestures, voice recognition and practically anything that you can expect from a customizable keyboard.
Fleksy is one of the most balanced keyboards ever: customize its appearance, add hundreds of stickers, and try out all the languages available. But what's more remarkable about Fleksy is that it allows you to install a series of extensions that enable plenty of juicy features: one handed typing, number flow, GIFs... what else can you ask for?
Minuum - The Little Keyboard for Big Fingers: Now with Smart Emoji
Minuum is an innovative keyboard that features a new typing system based on gestures. Minuum introduces a keyboard with all the letters on the same row, so the mechanic is different from other apps, although you can easily get the hang of it. Of course, you can also customize its look and select your preferred language, so it has it all.
Kanvas Keyboard is a colorful keyboard app that allows you to communicate with friends and family with emojis, stickers, drawings and personalized pictures. A new form of expressing yourself with plenty of features to discover: the collection of resources is simply mesmerizing.
FancyKey for iOS 8 - Personalize your keyboard with cool Fonts, colorful Themes and beautiful Emoji Art
FancyKey is a lively keyboard application that features hundreds of emojis and decorated messages to send to friends and family. There are over 50 available themes and different fonts to use: it's simple to install and you don't need to give full access to it. Perfect for youngsters.
DrawType Keyboard is a customizable app that allows you to communicate with cute drawings instead of just letters. Sometimes, an image is worth a thousand words and your friends will most definitely appreciate the effort.
HangKeys is a fun, innovative keyboard that allows users to play Hangman in messaging apps like WhatsApp. You can say whatever you want about its usefulness, but you will surely not find any keyboard app as fun as this is.
Swype is a classic keyboard that started the swiping mechanic of drawing a path from one letter to the next. Although it might take some time to get used to it, it's supposedly a quicker method than the usual typing, especially because of the great prediction system.
Tom Hanks approves this app. Hanx Writer is a new keyboard app that is designed as a classic typewriter, with everything those featured, including the traditional sound. If you miss the old times, this will probably conquer your heart inmediately.
Phraseboard Keyboard makes life and communication much easier: create your most popular phrases and organize them by categories. Whenever you need to communicate something, just select the preferred category and choose your phrase to send it. No more repetitive typing.
KuaiBoard is a different kind of keyboard: with this app, you won't need to copy and paste from other apps or write repetitive texts ever again. KuaiBoard will work as your own reference clipboard and will store any info you might need to complete forms and so (signature, long phrases, directions....)
MyScript Stack is the perfect keyboard app for those who miss writing with a pen and a paper. This application recognizes handwriting and even separates the words automatically. It works smoothly and with simple swipe gestures you can create spaces and delete: typing times are over.
If you have foreign friends or need to talk to people from all around the world, it's possible that you might need to communicate in another language. Keyboard+ is a helpful tool that translates automatically everything your write in English to another language (more than 40 available). Plus, it also includes a prediction mechanism for more than 30 languages.