Top 3 iOS Keyboards With Haptic Feedback

Top 3 iOS Keyboards With Haptic Feedback

After ignoring the third-party keyboard for years, Apple has finally added support for them with the iOS 8 update. Development has seen the arrival of popular keyboards such as SwiftKey, Gboard, Fleksy, etc. on the App Store. At the same time, Apple continued to add more functions to the default iOS keyboard. Yet it still lacks a basic function called haptic feedback.

IPhone devotees won’t notice, but people from Android will surely roll over their eyes while typing on the default keyboard. The exclusion is surprising because Apple uses one of the best vibration motors in the industry.

Fortunately, some third-party keyboards in the App Store support haptic feedback.

In this article, we will talk about the keyboard apps that support haptic feedback and how to activate them from the settings menu. We will also discuss other features, themes and prices.

We will highlight some of the limitations of using a third-party keyboard on iOS compared to the default. So stay until the end and let’s get started.

1. Gboard by Google

With Gboard, Android users will feel right at home on iOS. The settings, layout and selection of themes are identical to their Android counterparts.

Google has added support for haptic comments on Gboard. You can activate the toggle by going to Settings> Activate haptic feedback at the press of the keys and activating the option. It supports more than fifty languages.

Gboard home

Hptic gboard

Gboard is full of fun elements. It incorporates emojis, stickers, GIFs and even integrates handwriting recognition with an integrated drawing board.

With Gboard, Google is trying to create an ecosystem around its software and services. You can do a Google search and send the results without leaving the app.

Gboard google

Gboard sticker

It also comes with an integrated GIF creator, YouTube, Maps and a Google translation add-on. You can create a custom theme with a preferred image background and custom transparency. The most important part is that the application is free.

2. SwiftKey by Microsoft

As part of its “Mobile-first, cloud-first” strategy, Microsoft bought the famous SwiftKey keyboard. Right after the takeover, the company made all paid themes available free of charge. Speaking of haptic comments, the company recently added support for this in the latest update.

It is disabled by default; you need to go to Settings and activate the key haptic feedback option.

Swifykey home

Swifykey haptic

The feature list includes all the bells and whistles, including emoji, GIF support and my favorite clipboard module. You can add some of your most used phrases or words to the clipboard section for easy access.

One of the reasons why the majority of people prefer SwiftKey over its rivals is the superior automatic suggestions and the prediction of the next word. Applications like Gboard provide the next word suggestion based on what the majority type. SwiftKey uses a more personalized approach for better results.

I like the way the app displays interesting stats like productivity improvements, recorded keystrokes, distance typed with flow, corrected typos, etc.

Swifykey store

Swifykey gif

I prefer the SwiftKey theme store to the Gboard store. The selection is better and more versatile. And you can also create custom themes.

3. Grammar keyboard

The popular grammar checker web tool has finally released its keyboard app on iOS and Android. As the name suggests, Grammarly’s main selling point is the best grammar and spelling checker in its class.

It is an essential tool for those who want to avoid embarrassing grammatical errors. The company added support for haptic feedback on the sidelines. Access the settings and activate the button to feel the keys when typing. Language support is strictly limited to English. You can only select American, Australian, British and Canadian English.

Haptic grammar

Gripped input

As expected, the Grammarly keyboard is not fancy with GIFs, stickers, or a theme store. But it works exceptionally well for correcting typos.

Basic grammar and spell checking are free. Advanced features such as extended word selection, clarity phrases, and verbosity correction will cost you $ 15 per month.

Limitations of a third-party keyboard

These third-party keyboards have certain drawbacks with iOS. For example, you cannot use them to reply from the lock screen. Likewise, when entering a password, the system will revert to the default iOS keyboard.

These aren’t exactly puzzles, but they do ruin the overall iPhone typing experience.

In addition, those who use older iPhone models with 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, I advise you to stay away from any third-party keyboard because the system sometimes kills them in the background and brings up the default one .

There are a few advantages to using the Apple keyboard. It integrates perfectly with iCloud and other third-party password managers. The application also offers an integrated trackpad to move the cursor. Hold the space bar and it turns the entire keyboard into a giant trackpad and lets you edit files wherever you are.

Fun fact: Do you know which application has the fastest keyboard (software) record in the world? No, it’s neither Gboard nor SwiftKey. This is the Fleksy keyboard.

Type like a pro

Haptic feedback is something I appreciate when typing. I hope Apple adds the feature in the iOS 14 update. Until then, I will continue to use the options in the App Store. Right now, I settled in for the SwiftKey. And you? Ring in the comments section below.


We compared the default Apple keyboard with Gboard and SwiftKey. Read the article below to learn more.

Last updated March 5, 2020

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