We have mentioned SwiftKey in the past, and it is no secret that we’re big fans of it over here: it’s an amazing keyboard filled with features, has native bilingual support, the gesture typing is flawless and is overall just one of the best keyboards around. However, it was a bit pricey, usually hovering at the $3.99 range which, while not terrible, was a bit hard to justify when there was so much competition offering similar keyboards for free or a lower price. Well, as it turns out, SwiftKey has decided to make their app absolutely free, and in the process even managed to sneak in a couple of really cool new features. Wanna find out more? Then come along as we take a peek at the brand new SwiftKey!
So, as we said, SwiftKey has now officially been released for free by the SwiftKey team. To get it, just head on over to the usual SwiftKey Google Play link and download it yourself. That’s all you have to do. To properly install it, you’ll have to do a bit of set up to make it your default keyboard. Start by opening the app after install. Eventually, you will see this screen:
From here, you’ll have to follow those 3 steps to get it to work. Tap the first highlighted option and enable SwiftKey from your list of enabled input apps:
Then, tap the second option and pick SwiftKey from the list it appears to make it your default keyboard:
Lastly, pick the third option and you’ll be able to link your Facebook, email, Twitter and other social services to personalize your keyboard’s dictionary and get more reliable suggestions. This is completely optional, of course:
After that set up, you can customize it a bit further: this screen will allow you to pick a theme and install new languages. Customize it to your preferences and then proceed.
You can also use the bottom text entry field to test your keyboard right away:
After that, you’re all done. You now have SwiftKey installed and are ready to rumble. You can customize the app further if you’d like, through the usual options menu, and adjust things like vibration and layout. Pretty cool. As you might have noticed by now, the keyboard is completely free, but there are optional in-app purchases that can be made if you’d like, including new themes that should get regular updates in the future.
Still, this new update doesn’t simply make SwiftKey free: it also adds genuine new features, some of them finally exiting beta stage and making it to the regular app for the first time. New features include support and prediction for Emojis, optional dedicated number row, support for new languages and enhanced Flow gesture typing. And that’s about it for SwiftKey this time around! Any questions or comments? As always, feel free to let us know in the section below!