How to Choose an Alternative Keyboard for Your iPad

As part of iOS 8, Apple for the first time permits you to choose an alternative keyboard for your iPad from a third-party app developer, a welcome change to the producers of SwiftKey, Swype, Ginger, and Fleksy keyboards, which debuted on the rival Android mobile operating system. You can fetch new keyboards in the App Store. Some are free; some require a modest sum.

After you’ve downloaded a keyboard, visit Settings→General→Keyboard→Keyboards→Add New Keyboard and select the keyboard of choice. Then press and hold down on the international keyboard key (globe icon) on the iPad’s own keyboard, and select your new keyboard from the list that appears. Alternatively, keep tapping the globe icon until the keyboard you want takes over.