What Android keyboard do you use?

Keyboards are probably one of the most sensitive apps on our phones, having access and handling practically everything we type. I’ve stopped using keyboards that require network access and started using only opensource apps a few years ago. What are your favorite, privacy-respecting android keyboards?

So far, I’ve found these alternatives:

  • AnySoftKeyboard. I’ve used ASK for years and I’ve always been very happy with it. Probably the autocorrect could use some improvement. It’s definitely the most mature opensource keyboard out there, with the most features and configurations
  • OpenBoard. The one I’m using right now. Easy and fast to configure, quite good auto-correct
  • FlorisBoard. Haven’t had the time to try it out extensively so I don’t have any opinion about it
  • SimpleKeyboard. It offers the bare minimum one could ask from a keyboard but sometimes you don’t actually need more than that
  • AOSP keyboard and LineageOS’ fork, that is, the keyboards that come with some ROMs out of the box. They’re probably what a lo of people use

These are the alternatives I’ve been considering. If you know about other opensource keyboards to extend this list, pleas let me know


Pros/cons of each one of the keyboards I’ve used, based on my usage and preferences:

AFK

  • + the copy/cut/paste tool that I could invoke by swiping up from the space bar
  • + configurable input shortcuts
  • + smaller extra top bar being (and configurable, not just with numbers)
  • + the ability to backup your settings, shortcuts and dictionaries
  • + plenty of themes
  • - maybe the settings are a bit too overwhelming

OpenBoard

  • + it’s better at predicting words in my experience (maybe just placebo?)
  • + “drag to delete” gesture on the delete key
  • + configurable input shortcuts
  • + “swipe to move the cursor” gesture on the spacebar
  • - no select/copy/cut/paste tools

FlorisBoard

  • + theme editor
  • + select/copy/cut/paste tools (maybe hidden behind too many taps)
  • + ability to show the numpad using the “dialer layout” instead of having all the numbers on the same row
  • + “drag to delete” gesture on the delete key
  • + “swipe to move the cursor” gesture on the spacebar
  • + actively developed
  • - no autocorrections (yet)
@rep
13M

Nothing better than Hacker’s Keyboard.
Change my mind.

@rep
13M

But if you want asian or other complex alphabet languages support, look elsewhere.
I personally use SwiftKey which came with my phone for that, but all other time it’s hacker’s keyboard.

@Raziel
14M

Florisboard without a dubt, I’ve tryed many but none such feature rich and carefully developed

riccardo
creator
24M

I’m following its development very closely. It’s already the coolest one but I can’t use it until the developer is done with the autocorrector

ghost nomad
57M

Definitely Florisboard, I’ve tried all of them and I wouldn’t switch back to any of them, it has really goo aesthetics and you can customize its appearance even more (although this isn’t finished yet and could be done better) and they are constantly updating it and from what I’ve seen they want to a add a lot of cool features like gliding writing, they already support some gestures and so on. Regarding language support they don’t support a lot already but they generally ad a few with every update.

It’s stable enough to use everyday? I’m using OpenBoard but maybe I give it a try later.

ghost nomad
47M

Yeah, it works flawlessly, the only thing is that it doesn’t have predictive text but maybe now it was added. My phone has been broken since the last 2 weeks or so.

Okay, thank you!

been using aosp keyboard tbh

ghost nomad
47M

By the way, I created this issue to have keyboard recommendations on Privacy Tools, if anyone is interested to chip in.

https://github.com/privacytools/privacytools.io/issues/2183

AnySoft is great for languages that use Latin characters. For some of my friends, its lack of Japanese and Chinese support is an issue, but since I don’t normally type in those languages, AnySoft is great for me.

@Lowey
17M

It also lacks Bangla keyboard so that’s that.

@marmulak
17M

My requirements for any keyboard is that both Esperanto and Tajik are supported, which rules out most of them, I think.

So, with AnySoft, you can just turn off all predictive text and it still supports any Latin characters. You just have to manually type.

@Jomn
47M

I use OpenBoard because I had an easier time (than with ASK) setting up a usable Bépo layout on it.

AnySoftKeyboard is nerd friendly and feature rich. I recommend OpenBoard to those migrating from GBoard.

Yeah I like anysoft a lot

@SloppilyFloss
cake
17M

AnySoft is pretty great! I especially like that it has the ability to swype. It may not be the best but it’s the only open source keyboard I know that has that capability.

Swipe typing never seemed to work well for me unfortunately, so I just tap type in old school fashion. I am happy with it, though. I hoped swipe typing worked :(

rafael
47M

I’ve tested ASK, SimpleBoard, and OpenBoard, and I’m currently using the latter. I’ve just installed FlorisBoard. Although it’s in alpha stage, it seems to be pretty decent.

OpenBoard. ASK is cool too. I might give FlorisBoard a spin tonight.

@Kamui
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I’ve only used AnySoftKeyboard, but I will definitely try these other ones out. Update: I have tried SimpleKeyboard, Openboard, and FlorisBoard and have now switched to the last option!

@shadythgod
27M

OpenBoard along with FlorisBoard some times. Once FlorisBoard gets suggestions support, I’ll probably switch to it completely.

Ephera
17M

I like Simple Keyboard the most. I never liked auto-completion and such, and its ability to swipe left/right on the spacebar to move the cursor, and swipe left on the delete-key to pre-select the text that’s going to be deleted, are really nice. OpenBoard and FlorisBoard also have those, but neither feel as good to me as the implementation on Simple Keyboard.

@koalp
17M

I love the concept of 8vim but i miss accentuated characters and a practice game so i use anysoft keyboard for now

I have been using Microsoft Swiftkey for 5-6 years or so.

@marmulak
-37M

I use Gboard

@Nevar
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