Adjust keyboard settings on your Galaxy phone

Samsung keyboard settings on Galaxy S21 Ultra

Whether you want to send fun messages to friends or type up something important, your phone's keyboard settings have got you covered. You can send emojis, change the keyboard's language, change the default keyboard, or even type things out with your voice.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. The steps only apply to the default Samsung Keyboard.

Keyboard settings

The great thing about the default Samsung Keyboard is how customizable it is. You can change the language, layout, themes, size, feedback, and even add custom symbols.

From Settings, search for and select Samsung Keyboard, and then adjust your desired keyboard settings. You can also access this page by tapping the Settings icon in the keyboard's toolbar.

For instance, you can add a new language. Tap Languages and types, then tap Manage input languages, and then tap the switch next to your desired language. You can also download a new language by tapping the download icon next to a language.

To use the new language, navigate to the Samsung Keyboard, and then tap the language icon (it looks like a globe). Tap the language icon again to switch between the languages.

Samsung Keyboard with Settings icon highlighted

Looking to change the way the keyboard looks? Themes can help you customize your whole device.

Use the toolbar on the keyboard

You can send funny GIFs and stickers to your friends and family, no matter what phone they use. Your phone will automatically convert them into a multimedia message.

Navigate to Messages, and then tap New conversation. Enter or choose a recipient, and then tap the Enter message field to pull up the keyboard. The toolbar will automatically appear.

From the toolbar, you can select from fun Emojis, Stickers, GIF, Voice Input, and Settings. Tap Expand toolbar (the three horizontal dots) to see even more options available on your phone.

Samsung Keyboard with Settings and options displayed above keys

If you do not like the toolbar or do not use it often, you can disable it. With the keyboard open, tap the Settings icon that appears in the toolbar. Tap the switch next to Keyboard toolbar to make the toolbar disappear. If you ever want to turn it back on, you'll need to navigate to Settings, search for and select Samsung Keyboard, and then tap the switch again.

Type with your voice

There are two built-in voice-to-text apps on your phone: Samsung voice input and Google voice typing.

  1. To turn on these features, navigate to and open Settings.

  2. Tap General management, and then tap Keyboard list and default. Tap the switch next to Samsung voice input.

    Switch highlighted next to Samsung voice input
  3. You should also tap the switch next to any other voice-to-text features to disable them.

    Note: Ensure only one voice assistant is activated on your phone.

  4. You are now ready to type a message using your voice! Open the Messages app, and start a new conversation.

  5. Tap the Microphone icon on the keyboard’s toolbar.

    Samsung Keyboard with Voice input icon highlighted
  6. Simply talk when the Microphone icon is active and your voice will be translated into words.

Note: If it’s your first time using Samsung voice input, you may need to agree to the terms or allow some permissions.

Change the keyboard mode

While you probably love your Galaxy phone, you may not be used to typing on it yet. That's OK, because there are 3 different keyboard modes you can use to make typing easier.

Navigate to Settings, and then tap General management. Tap Samsung Keyboard settings, and then tap Mode.

You can choose from the following keyboard modes:

A list of Keyboard mode options
  • Standard keyboard: This is the normal keyboard view, with your phone's on-screen keyboard stretched to fill the main screen.

  • One-handed keyboard: This mode shifts the keyboard to the right side of the screen. To shift the keyboard to the left, tap the Left arrow icon.

  • Floating keyboard: This mode turns the keyboard into a small floating popup in the center of the screen.

  • Split keyboard: This mode splits the keyboard in half when in Landscape view, or when used on wider devices like a tablet or Z Fold4.

Change the default keyboard

Typing is about to get a whole lot more exciting. If you want a new keyboard, you can download one that fits your style from the Play Store and Galaxy Store.

Once you have downloaded a keyboard, navigate to Settings, and then tap General management. Tap Keyboard list and default, and then tap Default keyboard. From there, select your desired keyboard.

Samsung Keyboard chosen under Choose input method

Use Smart typing options

The Samsung Keyboard can help you out with Smart typing options like text and emoji suggestions. For example, emojis and stickers will appear in the toolbar as you type, so you can quickly add them to your messages without searching for them. If you need to adjust these options, navigate to Settings, then tap General management, and then tap Samsung Keyboard settings. From there, tap the switch(es) next to the following options under Smart typing:

  • Predictive text: The keyboard will suggest words for you as you are typing. Just select the word to add it to your message.

  • Suggest emojis: The keyboard will suggest emojis that match what you are typing.

  • Suggest stickers while typing: The keyboard will suggest stickers that match what you are typing.

  • Auto replace: The keyboard will replace words for you while you are typing. You can tap the space bar or Enter key to use the new word.

List of Samsung Keyboard settings on a Galaxy phone
  • Suggest text corrections: The keyboard will automatically correct grammar and phrases for you. Suggestions will be marked with green underlines. You can also tap Manage apps to choose which apps will receive text corrections.

  • Text shortcuts: Add your own shortcuts for frequently used phrases.

  • More typing options: Adjust additional preferences like Auto capitalize and Auto spacing.

Resize the keyboard

Maybe you’d like the keyboard to be a little smaller or larger. Just swipe to and tap Size and transparency, and then drag the handles on the sides of the keyboard to adjust it to your liking. Use the arrow button in the center to move the keyboard around. Then, tap Done. To revert the keyboard to its original size, tap Reset.

Reset resize keyboard

Remove learned words from the keyboard

The Samsung keyboard will learn your frequently used words, as well as new words when you are typing. If you need to start over, you can remove the learned words.

From Settings, search for and select Samsung Keyboard, and then swipe to the bottom. Tap Reset to default settings, and then tap Erase personalized predictions. Tap Erase

Erase personalized predictions

Reset the keyboard

If you went a little overboard with customizing the keyboard, you can easily return it to its original state.

From Settings, search for and select Samsung Keyboard, and then swipe all the way to the bottom. Tap Reset to default settings, and then select from the following:

  • Reset keyboard settings: Reset your keyboard settings to their defaults. This will not remove downloaded languages.

List of options for Reset to default settings
  • Erase personalized predictions: Erase data that is used for word predictions. This will also remove learned words.

  • Erase personalized touch recognition data: Erase touch recognition data.

  • Make sure to tap Erase when prompted. You can select all three options if you prefer to reset everything.

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