Is your phone keyboard app freezing? Not Responding? or being slow? Find out why all these and more common issues occur and how to get rid of them!
This article is a complete guide covering common Cell phone keyboard issues and how to solve them. Tips and Tricks, the best android keyboard apps, and bonus tips on security precautions to take while using your phone keyboard app to stay secure.
Mobile phone Keyboards are one of the most useful apps on our phones (be it Android or iOS).
You frequently use the cell phone Keyboard to type, input text while messaging, chatting, searching for solutions, or anything on the Internet that requires inputting text.
Having used and tested several keyboard apps on Android, I faced errors that caused these apps not to function normally.
So let’s dive right in!
I assume you are facing either one or more of the issues mentioned earlier, and you are looking for a fix.
Well, you are about to solve them!
Let me briefly walk you through what mobile phone keyboards are and their history.
You can skim to your section of choice by using the Table of contents above.
What is a cell phone keyboard?
It is an app that displays alphabetical characters and numbers on a smartphone which helps a user input text to form meaningful words.
History of smartphone keyboards.
Keyboards have their history dated back to the invention of typewriters. Christopher Latham Sholes made the first typewriter.
Typewriters evolved into keyboards later on being integrated onto earlier smartphones moving away from a more physical form. This included slide keyboard phones and flip phone keyboards.
With that said, let’s look at the frustrating issues first that at least one or more have been causing you difficulty making your user experience horrible.
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Common Cell phone Keyboard problems and Issues.
Mobile phone Keyboards may face various issues such as;
- Slowing down/ Freezing
- Not responding
- Keyboard app not opening
- Not showing characters causes your phone not to function properly.
If you are faced with more or less any of the above issues, be sure to read on to find the simplest and easiest fix covered in this guide.
How to Fix various Cell phone Keyboard Problems and Issues?
This section entails in detail troubleshooting, identifying, and fixing mobile phone keyboard issues.
Restart Your Phone
Restarting your phone is the easiest and one of the plainest tricks that can solve a handful of problems on your android device.
Once the keyboard app on your android starts to misbehave, restart your phone. It will help refresh your phone, close stocked up Cache, and help your keyboard get back to normal.
I have used this fix with my G-board app when it seems to be lagging, and it has helped.
Restarting your smartphone fixes your phone keyboard, to work fine after the restart.
If the issue with your app persists, do not worry.
Let’s move on to the next fix that helps solve the problem.
Re-install your Keyboard app
Re-installing your keyboard app from the play store. This clears any bug errors that are prohibiting your current keyboard app from functioning.
If you are not sure how to install, follow the steps below;
How to Install a Keyboard App
Head to the Play store > Search bar.
Type and Search for a keyboard app of your choice, e.g., G-board
Tap on the first result and click install on the app page.
If you are still faced with issues, proceed on to the next fix to get things done.
Clear Storage and Cache.
When cache piles up, it may be a threat to your phone’s performance and speed.
An excess pile-up of a cache may cause certain apps to misbehave and not function.
Cache pile-up could be one of the reasons why the phone keyboard is not responding or working well.
Here’s how to fix it;
Well, you can fix this by following the steps below to clear the cache of your cell phone keyboard;
- Head to Settings
- Tap Apps
- Search for the phone Keyboard app whose cache you wish to clear
- Head to Storage and Cache
- Click Clear Cache and then Clear storage.
- A confirmation screen will pop up, Click OK to confirm.
An Alternative method to Clear Cache and Storage
Clear app data and storage cache by long-pressing the keyboard app icon right from your app display list.
This method is more straightforward and a shortcut to the first one. It will not need you to head to your phone settings but access the app settings via the app icon.
Let’s get to it;
- Long press on your smartphone keyboard app whose cache you wish to clear.
- Chose application details. This option will take you to the settings display of the app
- Clear Cache and Clear storage.
- Restart the app
If the problem persists no worries, try the solutions discussed next;
Update your Keyboard App
Keyboard issues might arise from your app being an outdated version.
It may contain bugs and errors that the app developers might have fixed in the newer versions.
Update the app, and you will enjoy a ton of new features from the developer and improved and stable performance.
Note: Updating apps is not only valuable for your keyboard app but also for other apps. Developers publish updates of their apps on the play store.
The new versions come with bug fixes, which will help you run the apps without issues.
Install another Keyboard app.
If your android keyboard app fails to function, even after clearing the cache, consider installing another third-party keyboard app.
The problem may arise from the app version of your cell phone keyboard no longer be compatible with your phone or requires an update.
Unsupported versions can make the app misbehave in so being that it is no longer compatible. Sometimes app developers put in place new modifications in their apps that drop some phone models and operating systems.
Not updating your apps will make you left out on the updates that roll out. You will face difficulties or even total failure in using these apps.
If your smartphone keyboard starts acting up and fails to work, consider trying another alternative.
Consider downloading a different alternative keyboard app to see if this will rectify the issue choosing from the mentioned alternatives of the best phone keyboard apps mentioned later on in this guide.
Reset Your Phone.
This should come as a last option. Your phone might have developed a bug that is stopping it from functioning well.
Having it reset can help curb these bugs, and hence your cell phone keyboard app will function.
Note: Create a Backup for your files before carrying out a reset for your phone.
How to Fix Cell Phone Keyboard Not Showing Up/not Showing Characters?
- Head to Settings.
- Tap Languages and Input. For some phones, Check under System.
- Choose Virtual Keyboard.
- Click “+ Manage Keyboards“
- Tap to Toggle on the switch to activate your keyboard
It might be disabled, and activating it will solve this issue.
How to Restore and Change the Android Keyboard back to Normal
- Head to Settings
- Search for Languages and Input, for some phones check under System
- Chose Virtual Keyboard.
- Click + Manage keyboards
- Toggle on to Activate the keyboard of your choice.
- You will see a notice informing you that the selected app will be to collect personal data.
- Tap OK to confirm. On completion of the process, it will restore your keyboard to normal.
Top 4 Best Cell Phone Keyboard Apps in 2021 [Android]
Having tested several keyboard apps, I analyzed and came up with some of the best you will ever find on the play store.
I have listed them based on user experience, reviews on the play store, number of downloads, and features that they offer.
As I noted earlier, mobile phone keyboard apps are some of the most frequented apps on your smartphone.
A complete feature-rich Android keyboard app helps you carry out your typing and save you lots of time. This in turn makes the whole experience enjoyable.
There are different types of keyboards for mobile phones in the play store. I will list the best five among the many I have reviewed and got my feedback about them.
Let’s gloss into them! G-board.
First off the list is the fantastic,
1. G-board app.
With features such as auto-fill, prediction, and swipe/glide typing. Custom theme designs, a great clipboard, emojis.
With an exciting mechanism of suggesting emoji’s from the text the user inputs without looking up in the emoji panel.
Voice typing and many of these great features make the G-board app one of the best you will find on the android play store.
With over 1 Billion downloads on the play store, G-board is one of the best android keyboard apps you will find on the android play store.
It eases your typing experience and makes you type faster.
It comes pre-installed for most Android phones, so you won’t have to worry about looking it up on the play store or on the web to install it again.
I have used the G-board app for a while and still feel it’s a great option.
2. Microsoft Swift Keyboard.
Microsoft Swift Keyboard is yet another great android keyboard app.
It has a ton of exciting features such as Voice typing (Text to speech function), Glide typing( a much better mechanism of glide typing than the G-board since it allows you to glide type several words without having a delay).
Stickers, Gifs, and much many more.
After using both Microsoft Swift Keyboard and G-board, I noticed that these keyboards have great features, as earlier mentioned, with only a few that seem to be different.
If you ask which is the best in comparison between G-board and Microsoft Swift Keyboard, in my opinion, it is wholly rooted down to personal preferences.
Both these apps offer seemingly great features to users.
And I prefer using the G-board app.
Another catchy keyboard is the Grammarly keyboard.
Other keyboards offer correction in grammatical errors made by the user, but Grammarly takes a comprehensive approach.
Just like the name suggests, the Grammarly app is mainly concerned with rectifying Grammar.
It helps correct errors made by users in their grammar while typing.
Grammarly notifies you of the mistakes or misspellings in your chats and e-mails and highlights them.
It goes ahead to suggest the right Grammar or words be used in such situations.
It detects errors automatically and explains the correct format of how words you have typed should be used according to the grammatical rules.
With Grammarly, you won’t get as many features such as stickers, GIFs, and other fancy features as it is centrally designed for the sole purpose of rectifying Grammatical errors.
Grammarly has a Free version, Premium, and Business account subscriptions.
Register for an account with Grammarly for free and enjoy grammar-free conversations.
If you are an average user who wishes to use Grammarly for typical average activities, the basic free version will work just fine for you.
Using Grammarly helps you avoid making embarrassing grammatical errors, mistakes, and misspellings in your chats.
However, consider opting for the Grammarly premium subscriptions for integral users who need to use the app for more professional services such as blogging. It will be of great help and extended features as compared to the basic free version
I use the paid subscription, to help correct the grammatical errors in my blog posts that I may not be quick to notice, and it has helped me a great deal.
4. Font Keyboard For Emoji, Symbols and Kaomoji.
Font keyboard app is mainly focused on availing a uses with different types of fonts.
It is safe and secure also takes up less space since it is a very lightweight app.
It brings in an artistic feel in your chats with the wide variety of artistic fonts available in this app.
How to Switch Keyboard Formats (QWERTY, DVORAK, AWERTY, AZERTY).
Besides QWERTY being the default layout format for most keyboards, There are various reasons why you may wish to change the default QWERTY format.
For example; some people prefer the Dvorak Keyboard format it being faster in terms of typing.
You may also consider changing the layout for fun to try out new experiences,(you may find other formats to be better.
To change keyboard format/layout;
- Tap the Language icon on your keyboard or (Head to keyboard settings and tap Language)
- Choose your desired language such as English.
- You will now find the different layouts available for you to choose from.
Well having covered a wide range of aspects concerning android keyboard apps, here is a bonus tip for your device’s security.
It concerns clearing your android keyboard app history of what use it is and how to implement it.
Android Keyboard App History.
Keyboard apps on your phone store any information that you input, such as words we frequently use. Sites we usually visit, passwords that you use to boost their memory and vocabulary regarding auto-complete and prediction.
This is useful and helps make the keyboard for your phone retain more words in its memory vocabulary. (It makes your phone keyboard a little wiser, and I understand you the more).
It will save words you use more often and thus save you lots of time that you would have spent in retyping them by suggesting them.
Why Should You Delete Mobile/Android Keyboard History?
As noted earlier, the keyboard apps store a lot of vital user information. But the information stored is about the betterment of their auto-suggestion features.
Situations may arise where you may have to give your phone to someone else for use. This can be a friend, family member.
Worse comes to worst scenarios where you misplace your phone or it gets stolen. For this, it may land with the wrong persons.
This is where the danger comes in case these individuals manage to get past the screen lock.
They can find out other passwords that you use by manipulating the keyboard.
Another scenario is where you do not want other people to use your phone to access the words or searches you usually make on your phone.
Considering these downsides at hand, deleting your keyboard app history is crucial.
How to Delete Android Keyboard History G-board 2021
- Open G-board
- Tap on the settings icon.
- Scroll down and Click Advanced.
- Scroll down and Tap on Delete Learned Words and data.
- Confirmation prompt will pop up
- Enter the number on screen and and Tap okay to delete android keyboard history from your device.
Note: This action cannot be undone. All your stored passwords and learned words will be erased from the G-board app.
Summing up, I have covered common cellphone keyboard issues and how to fix them, the 4 best android keyboard apps, and how to secure your device from the vulnerabilities of keeping android keyboard history.
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