How to install third-party keyboards in iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8 publicly earlier today, after months of beta releases. The update adds a variety of new features to iPhones and iPads, including the long-requested support for third-party keyboards.

In this post, we guide you through the process of downloading and installing a third-party keyboard in iOS 8.

  • Download a third-party keyboard. Many popular Android keyboard makers have released their keyboards for iOS as well, including Swype, SwiftKey etc. We’re compiling a list in this post. We’ll be using Swype in this how-to, which you can buy for $.99. Download the keyboard, and open it.
  • Once you’ve installed the app, open it once, and then open the Settings app. Navigate to General > Keyboard. And then again tap on Keyboards.
Settings iPad Keyboard
  • Tap on the “Add New Keyboard…” row at the bottom.
  • You’ll see a list of all keyboards in groups. One of the sections is for Third Party Keyboards, and you should see Swype (or the keyboard you’ve installed) listed here. ¬†Tap on it and it should be added to the list of active keyboards.
  • Now open an app where you’ll use the Keyboard. I opened Notes. Then long press the globe icon to bring up the selector you see below, and select the custom keyboard. (Swype in this case)
iPad change keyboard
  • After you select, you’ll see the custom keyboard active.
Swype keyboard

We’re compiling a list of third-party keyboards available for iOS 8 in this post.

What’s the best third-party iOS 8 keyboard you’ve used? Let us know in the comments below.