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How to Select Input Method or Change Android Keyboards

on screen keyboardFor all those who are new to Android might not know about multiple input methods, like in Android you can choose the input method like in short you can choose “On screen keyboard” as per your choice, right from Android 1.5 version this feature has been provided. Right from the default on screen keyboard to the third party “On screen keyboards (OSK)” like Swype etc to the keyboards of the different handset manufacturer on to your phone. On screen keyboards are also generally referred to as input method editors (IME). With different On screen Keyboards already present in the Marketplace, one can even use the default On screen keyboard of Motorola in the Samsung’s Android phone.

Also, many of us install various available keyboards in the Market into the Android device and don’t know how to activate or use the same. So, we will guide you on how you can make use of the keyboard which is already installed in your Android phone.

There are basically two methods with which you can select or choose the input method:

The first method for enabling the On screen keyboard which you have already installed is bit of a lengthier process. First, you need to  head to “Applications”, then “Settings”, “Locale and Text” and then choose the option of “Select input method”. As soon as you tap on the option of “Select input method”, you will get the available keyboards which are installed on your Android phone. Just select the one and enjoy using the new On screen Keyboard.

Choose Input method

The second method for activating the new input method is, first head to “Inbox”, choose “Create New Message”, as soon as the composing message window opens up, all you need to do is to just Long press in the text field, as soon as you do so, you will get a pop up wherein you need to select one Input method of your choice and there you go, you have successfully activated the new on screen keyboard.

Select Input Method

The first method is useful for those who want to keep the new on screen keyboard for longer period of time but the second method is a shortcut of first method, you can easily and instantly switch between different versions of On screen keyboards.



  1. benny

    December 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    how to install google/android keyboard on my xiaomi MI4, coz it only has baidu method inside as a preinstall.

  2. basti

    September 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    my lenovo phone had lost even the default keyboard after i installed go keyboad.. it now says unknown default input method, i cant compose txt messages because keyboard wont show up, kindly help me on this one bro, your response will be highly appreciated, Thanks in advance!

  3. Afsheen

    October 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    many thanks dude! u r a genius.

  4. dyl

    October 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    thanks mate spent ages tryin to change back to the way it was, thanks to this i did it in no time 😉

  5. Ravi

    September 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

    thank you so much. I got headache but I was unable to change it,but with your help i done it so fast. second method is easy

  6. dan

    September 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    thanks man that was so helpfull 🙂

  7. Teja

    July 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Thnx for the tip brother….i have been struggling with from ages without knowing how to change it to keyboard mode….i have been swyping all the time till date….

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