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Visit the dark side on your Android with this iPhone 5s keyboard

If you made the switch from iOS to Android but miss the look of the keyboard, you might consider trying the iPhone Keyboard for Android.

 

iPhone keyboard
 

One aspect of the iPhone that I like is the keyboard. If you prefer the iPhone keyboard for smartphones, there's a free app called iPhone 5s Keyboard iOS 7 that might make your day. It doesn't offer much in the way of features, but it does serve as a drop-in iOS-like replacement for the default Android keyboard.

Let's install and use this keyboard replacement.

Installation

The installation of the keyboard is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store
  2. Search for iphone keyboard
  3. Locate and tap the entry for iPhone 5s Keyboard iOS 7
  4. Tap Install
  5. Tap Accept
  6. Allow the installation to complete

Once the keyboard has been installed, it's time to enable and then select it. Here's how.

Enable and select

The first step is to allow the iPhone 5s Keyboard to be recognized by the Android system. Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings window
  2. Locate Language and input (under the Galaxy S4, you'll find it under the My Device tab)
  3. Under the Keyboards and input methods, tap iPhone Classic Keyboard to enable (Figure A)
  4. Okay the warning

Figure A

 

Figure A
 

The iPhone Keyboard on the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S4.

Now, it's time to select the iPhone Keyboard as your default. Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings window
  2. Locate Language and input
  3. Tap Default
  4. Tap iPhone Classic Keyboard (Figure B)

Figure B

 

Figure B
 

Select your new iPhone Keyboard as the default.

Once you've selected the keyboard, it will appear the next time you need to type something. When it does, you'll be pleasantly surprised that it does, in fact, resemble the iPhone keyboard (Figure C).

Figure C

 

Figure C
 

The iPhone Keyboard in action.

I've tried a number of keyboards for Android, and although this particular take on the smartphone keyboard isn't the best entry for the Android platform, it's not that bad. If you prefer the iPhone keyboard spacing and layout, then you should add this app to your Android device and see if it becomes your go-to default.

If you had to pick one keyboard for your Android device, which would it be and why? Share your thoughts in the discussion thread below.

 

 

About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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