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Best Keyboard Apps

There are a plethora of keyboard apps available in the App Store and Play Store. You don’t have to stick with the keyboard that came pre-installed. Some of the keyboard apps provide support for GIFs.

Below I’ve put together a list of powerful keyboard apps for iOS and Android devices. Let’s check them out.

    Watching somebody who can touch-type shows just how much this skill can help a person's productivity. Animal Typing is designed to support children as they learn how to develop this useful skill for themselves. This app offers a simple and fun way for kids to learn touch typing. In this typing game, different animals such as a snail, rabbit, or horse are used based on the child’s typing skills so the faster they type, the faster the animal gets. Animal Typing is available on iOS, Android, macOS and Windows platforms.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad , Windows


    SwiftKey Keyboard app is one of the most popular app that replaces your boring and useless default keyboard. Whether it’s a smart suggestion or adding style to the keyboard, Swiftkey has it all in the bag. More than 250 million people are already using the app for simplifying their typing.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Google Keyboard is an intelligent keyboard that will allow you to write faster than you normally do thanks to the ability to create and personalize keyboard gestures. With this feature, you can write words or even entire sentences in less than two seconds. Google Keyboard is a rapid-typing tool from Google, so you know it has support for 26 different languages and dictionaries and is completely compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Spreeder is one of the best e-Reader apps and is particularly suitable for those who wish to speed read entire eBooks and electronic documents. Spreeder is available for Mac and Windows but the all-in-one license also includes a free browser, iPad and iPhone app.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Facemoji is one of the most popular keyboard apps thanks to the immense customization possibilities it offers. It offers tons of keyboards and even more emoji packs to download and use whenever you want. Best of all, it has themed emoji packs to commemorate typical annual events.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Help to improve your kids’ typing speed and accuracy with a 21st century app that has all the nostalgic qualities of an old-fashioned typewriter. This clever typing game pitches you against the stopwatch while you type out whole words and it will match your output with a tick or cross for instant feedback. It measures speed, accuracy and gives a final score. It even grades your efforts! Type as fast as you can with the click, click of an old-fashioned type-writer and the typeface of a bygone era. The background even looks liked aging paper. It’s worth paying the 99p to remove the ads.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Although the App Store description has this app listed it as suitable for 17+ (we have no idea why!) this is a typing game suitable for complete beginners and the graphics are certainly more appealing to younger children. The user needs to type whole words before the aeroplane banner travels to the other end of the screen. The air speed can be increased as the user’s speed and accuracy improve. The words range from very simple (3 characters) to advanced (up to 11 characters). The latest score is displayed on screen and you can view a range of data including highest score and words per minute.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Type Defence is a really fun (but slightly gruesome!) typing game, not for the faint hearted. Type quickly and accurately to stop the desert bandits invading your castle. Each word typed correctly allows you to shoot-to-kill. With a rather nice dessert soundtrack and sound effects included, this neat little typing game supports multiple languages and is an extremely fun way to improve typing skills. Although it is classified as 12+ we felt it would be fun for a slightly younger audience, notwithstanding the element of gore. You can upgrade you castle and collect gold as you play.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Super Qwerty Tank has the look and feel of a retro computer game, with an extremely cool and slightly futurist electronic soundtrack and a neat background story tutorial. It’s a unique typing game which will keep kids totally absorbed and amused as they work on their typing skills by correctly typing the words displayed on screen in order to shoot them from their tank. We really like that to re-load your tank you have to shake your device, making it a rather multi-sensory typing game experience too.  Tanks can be upgraded through in app purchases, but a lot of typing fun can be had for free!

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    ZType has the look and feel of an old-school arcade game along the lines of space invaders, only you have to type out the words heading toward you in order to survive. It’s a fast-paced typing game which kids will really enjoy, but the speed and word selection will make it more suited to older children. It measures accuracy as a percentage of total and also calculates the longest streak of words you have blasted, so it really feels more like a game than a learning app. There are many keyboards available but the ads are really rather intrusive, so you might want to upgrade to get rid of them. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad