Last Updated: December 19th, 2010

As exciting as seeing the Gingerbread keyboard leak out was, the fact remained that users stuck on Android 2.1 or below couldn't join in on the fun, and the same went for users of non-rooted devices.

Fortunately, the Android community rests not, and the keyboard has been neatly packaged into an APK and posted for all to see. Thanks to XDA-Developers member hotaru, both Éclair-running and non-rooted handsets can now access Google's latest input method.

To install:

  1. Download the file appropriate to your OS (download the file from here if you're on Froyo; if you're running Éclair, grab it from here).
  2. On your computer, move it to the root (or the main folder) of your phone's SD card.
  3. Unplug your phone from your computer, enter your favorite file manager, and install the APK.

    Alternatively, you can download the file directly to your phone and install it as you would any other APK - simply select it from the notification bar when it's done downloading and hit "Install."

  4. Open the "Settings" application, go to "Language and Keyboard," and enable the "Gingerbread Keyboard."
  5. Go to any text field, long press it, select "Input Method," and select "Gingerbread Keyboard."

The obvious advantage here is the availability of an Éclair version, but there's actually another bonus: you can install this keyboard alongside the regular Android keyboard that has been with us since 1.6, an option that was not available in the previous version. As they say, it's the best of both worlds!

Source: XDA-Developers

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://twitter.com/anujahooja Anuj Ahooja

    This keyboard is amazing. I made one mistake on it thus far and the in-built dictionary fixed it for me! A huge improvement from the older keyboard!

  • http://www.Twitter.con QDOG8

    Is there any way to get this on the Android Market for those who aren't so tech-savy?

  • Joey

    It wont open on my MyTouch 4g as soon as I touch a letter it fc's. :(

  • http://facebook.com/ketchupmakesmeCRINGE Chris

    Another way to do it would be to access the site to download it directly from your android browser...save the file in the root of the SD card, open and install, bazinga.

  • http://facebook.com/ketchupmakesmeCRINGE Chris

    Any way to use Swype along with the Gingerbread keyboard? I'm running Froyo on a rooted Epic.

  • Bobby

    installed on hero wasnt able to send or recieve txt messages after installed ///uninstalled

  • androidlover


    use open2go to skip 1~3 step.
    you cant download apk file to your phone directly

    1. visit http://open2go.com on your phone.

    2. click this link
    on your pc.

  • the man

    pls upload on medifire? all the mirrors dont work for me. Sad. Thanks for the update though! :)

  • Jackson

    the vibrate on keypress option doesn't work. Anyone else have this problem?

  • orama

    I downloaded the apk directly to my nexus one,and used to wrote this and it's works incredibly awesome fast and accurate

  • nacho

    Force close when I press any key on my htc wildfire.

    • desireHD

      On my Desire HD same problem

      • Domino

        same problem at my HTC Legend

  • RTR

    Yep, FCs as soon as a key is pressed on my DesireHD. Bugger!

  • sparky

    Works great on Dell Streak with Froyo. What's up with the disclaimer about capturing keystrokes and communicating them?

  • pgm

    Feedback: Attempted on HTC legend with FroYo. Force closes when any key is pressed. Still, the attempt is appreciated well. Thanks all the same.

  • Stevedroid

    Working fine on the N1, wish there was a way to change the orange highlights to fit my colour theme, but that's a really minor issue :)

  • Cargo

    Doesn't work on my Desire under Froyo !!!

    The settings are there but the keyboard us the usual one.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Did you change long press in a text field, select Input, and picked the new keyboard?

  • victor

    Attempted on HTC legend with FroYo. Force closes when any key is pressed. I thought it was because of the recent upgrade to froyo, so i download the gingerbread keyboard for Eclair, but it still fc.....

  • jds3000

    Works great on Eris w/Froshedyo v7 rom! Thanks for the link and instructions,

  • Aaron

    The "touch to correct" option doesn't work correctly. If you touch a word you get correction options, but upon select one it inserts the correct into the incorrect word rather than replacing it entirely.

  • Jobber

    OMG This is an awesome keyboard. Well done google and the modders who nabbed this out of the gingerbread sdk! :D Congrats all around. Used swype off and on, but overall still went back to a standard kb. Don't think I'll be changing from this beast anytime soon ;)

  • William

    I'm in the same boat as Joey (above). On my myTouch 4G running Android ver. 2.2.1, which I got yesterday, upon any key press, it force closes. Is an upgrade coming soon to fix this defect?

  • rockdman

    I love it on my samsung galaxy s. Only problem is vibrate

  • bbrfst

    Installed it, love the speed but is there a way to change to compact qwerty?? Mine stays in full qwerty regardless of settings.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/hanwritingime/ Honso

    I've made one that works under 1.6 and 2.1. You can download it from the market now. Search "pub:Honso".

  • David Maliniak

    No good on a Thunderbolt. FC at first keypress.