Open Source Keyboard Apps Android

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The Android ecosystem, in general – is secure. However, the applications that we utilize makes all the difference.

Recently, Google removed 85 dangerous apps from the Play Store. Similarly, we have to be vigilant about the apps we install to ensure maximum security. But, what if you don’t want the keyboards to record your information? How would you know that the keyboard app you use is privacy-friendly?

Here’s when open source applications come in handy. You can browse their source code on GitHub and independently review it to make sure that your data is being handled carefully.

So, in this article, we talk about the best open source Android keyboards that you can use instead of Gboard (or any other keyboard app that you’re currently using).

Best Privacy-friendly Open Source Android Keyboard Apps

1AnySoftKeyboard

Key Features:

  • Feature-rich open source keyboard
  • Respects privacy
  • Multi-language support
  • Night Mode & Power-saving mode
  • Gesture support

AnySoftKeyboard is one of the best open-source Android keyboards right now. A lot of folks recommend using this.

It offers all the necessary feature like Auto-capitalization, multi-language support, voice input, gesture support, night mode, power-saving mode, and a lot more things. If you are looking for a privacy-friendly open source keyboard app – you must try it out.

In case you’re wondering about the source code, you can check out their GitHub page.

2Hacker’s Keyboard

Key Features:

  • Classic UI
  • Privacy-friendly
  • Provides special keys (CTRL/TAB/ALT) and the arrow keys

This is probably the most popular open source keyboard app for Android available at the Play Store. Even though it isn’t actively updated at the Play Store – it is still a great solution for users concerned about their privacy. Also, you might want to check out their GitHub page.

In a nutshell, it is a simple keyboard app with a basic UI while providing some special keys that you normally find on your computer. If you want just that – feel free to try it out.

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3Simple Keyboard

Key Feature:

  • A dead simple keyboard app with no fancy features (but with a pleasing UI)

Yet another popular open-source keyboard app. If you just want a keyboard with an intuitive UI – but no fancy features, this is the one. I guess, the name says it all?

You can check out their GitHub page to take a look at the source code.

4BeHe Keyboard

Key Features:

  • Provides special keys (like ALT, CTRL) to utilize terminals & program
  • Multiple keyboard layouts and emojis (QWERTY & AZERTY)

If you want to utilize a terminal from your phone, this is best you’ve got as an open source keyboard app. In addition to the basic keyboard layout, it supports special keys which makes it suitable for programming as well. So, if that’s your thing – install it right now.

The GitHub page is also available for review.

If you think we missed any of your favorite open source keyboard that deserves the mention, feel free to tell me about it in the comments below.

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  1. Thanks. What do you think of Indic Keyboard by smc.org? Do they need all those permissions and if so, why?

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