Top 5 third-party keyboards for iOS 8

Apple's default keyboard may have received some nice, new improvements in iOS 8, adding predictive typing and a new layout, but the real upgrade is the ability to (finally) add a third-party custom keyboard that will replace the default keyboard throughout the entire operating system. iOS users, it's time to find out what you've been missing out on.

How to install a custom keyboard on iOS 8

Before we begin, here's how to install a custom keyboard on iOS 8. Go to the settings menu in your device, then go to General > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. Scroll all the way down past the language options and you'll find the installed third-party keyboards.

Tap on the name of the keyboard to activate it.

 

Top 5 third-party keyboards for iOS 8

1. Swype (S$1.28)

Swype was one of the first Android keyboards to offer swipe-based typing, and it's now available for iPhones and iPads. If you haven't experienced swipe typing, essentially you just drag your finger around the screen without lifting it up, connecting each letter to form the word. It's incredibly fast and Swype is smart enough to recognise what word you're trying to spell, even if your fingers aren't super accurate at hitting the correct key each time. If you're feeling extra lazy Swype also has an option for dictating your messages instead of typing.

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