Want to use another language in typing some things in your Android devices? Well, we’ve got the apps for you. Read on to know the best keyboards for dual language typing.
Here’s the thing:
SwiftKey might as well be the only keyboard you install on your Android device because it is very close to perfect. From multiple languages that you can download in an instant, to an extremely customizable interface, you have it all in this neat little package.
I was thoroughly impressed by how easy it is to type in multiple languages on this keyboard. All you need to do is simply download the languages you want and whenever you want to switch; simply swipe the spacebar. That’s it, the keyboard will completely change to reflect the language you have selected.
I was genuinely surprised to see that it was this easy to use back when I decided to type in my native language as well as English. With a plethora of different themes available, you’ll be able to give your keyboard a new look each week. SwiftKey also manages to nab the top spot on the best Android keyboards list.
2. Go Keyboard
Go Keyboard is usually popular among the Android crowd and there is a good reason behind it. The keyboard is completely free and it offers a lot more than just a keyboard experience. If you crave more than typing on the keyboard, this is certainly a great keyboard to get.
The developer behind the keyboard also has a large catalog of different apps on Android, they all tie in neatly together so if you are already invested in the Go universe of apps, getting this keyboard is a no-brainer.
There is a dedicated button that you need to press to change languages here and it is located right next to the spacebar. Alternatively, you can tap on the big language button that displays right on the top of the keyboard.
This is a relatively new keyboard app for Android when compared with the first 2 on the list but it comes with some innovative ideas. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the keyboard is very minimalistic and easy to use. But as the tutorial progresses, you’ll be introduced to some gesture controls that may prove quite invaluable in the long run.
Naturally, switching between languages is also gesture-based. The keyboard also has a lot of different color themes available that can drastically change how the keyboard looks. Despite having a ton of different languages as well as gesture support, there are some glaring issues with the keyboard.
First off, there are not many languages available to start with which can be problematic for a lot of people. Secondly, the double swipe is kind of awkward to execute on a smartphone.
4. Gboard – the Google Keyboard
Are you one of those people who always go for the official app? Then you’ll be happy to know that Google has also made their own keyboard. While Google has been a bit late to the keyboard party, it has kept things simple and easy to use instead of going completely overboard with features in order to compensate.
The Google keyboard is a simple keyboard that has the power of Google behind it, so you can be sure that it comes with the largest number of languages available. As a matter of fact, if you want to use an obscure language that only a few people speak or type, there is a high chance that it is available on this keyboard. Switching between languages is also quite easy on it.
5. Flash Keyboard
This is the last app on the 5 keyboards for dual language typing list because of its notifications. That’s right, this keyboard sends you notifications right on the lock screen and I’m not very fond of this practice.
I simply want a keyboard that is capable of typing messages without being a nuance and Flash Keyboard was exactly that for a while but after an hour or 2, it started sending me notifications.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a very capable keyboard of providing you multiple languages to type with ease but if you’re not interested in what it has to offer, it can be an instant turn-off. But if you are into sending Gifs and emojis to your friends as well as messages in your preferred language, this is a great app.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to change back the Android keyboard to the default one?
You can change your keyboards back to default the same way you changed it to a dual-language one. You only have to go to your phone’s settings and change the keyboard settings.
Do dual-language keyboards also include special characters and symbols?
Yes. Some dual-language keyboards have some special characters and symbols included in them. It depends on what app you install, whether it will have some of these.
These were some of the best keyboards for dual language typing on Android and I hope that one of them will make your smartphone its home. For me, I highly recommend SwiftKey as well as Gboard, simply because they are simplistic keyboard apps that do what they are meant to do.
So, what other language do you type and speak apart from English of course? Better yet install one of these keyboards and use your own language in the comments below, this can be a fun comment section.