Tech Q&A – Customizing Your iOS Keyboard using Google’s GBoard

Tech Q&A – Customizing Your iOS Keyboard using Google’s GBoard

By |2016-05-12T12:58:18+00:00May 12th, 2016|

Earlier this morning, Google released a 3rd party keyboard for iOS called GBoard. I have been anticipating this keyboard for A LONG TIME and was so excited when I saw them release it.

As it turns out, some people may not know how to install and properly set a 3rd party keyboard on iOS and that actually makes sense. I can’t imagine that Apple wants to make it terribly easy to let others usurp control of something as integral as keyboard input.

So, I put together this Tech Q&A video walking you through how to download, install, and set GBoard as your default iOS keyboard. This process is the same for your iPhone and iPad devices.


  1. Robert Guyan May 14, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I’m not sold on Gboard. First the microphone – I use it a lot. Next Gboard is visually not as good, the font is too thin for one thing. Having search is nice, but is so limited on Gboard. GIF is almost completely useless.The period is nice, but double tap is easy. Maybe Apple will eventually ease up on the microphone.

    • Brian Matiash May 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      The whole ban on the mic with 3rd party keyboards may have made sense years ago when iOS was still fledgling but at some point, Apple really needs to stop “protecting us from ourselves” and give users the option to determine what amount of privacy is needed for the individual. It’s along the same lines as Apple letting us choose our default apps and remove the stock ones.

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