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SwiftKey vs. Gboard

SwiftKey vs. Gboard

Typing is a part of our life. With new social media and notepad apps, people are typing more and more. Two apps from two major brands are SwiftKey and Gboard.

SwiftKey is experienced, but Gboard comes with Google’s machine learning. So, do both compare in 2021? The article does an in-depth review and covers SwiftKey vs. Gboard.

Quick overview

Gboard has the power of Google, making it a fast app to type and insert passwords on websites. SwiftKey offers more customizations, but it’s not integrated with Android as much as Gboard.

Quick features

SwiftKey advantages

  • The clipboard is more advanced than Gboard’s.
  • 4 different types of keypress sounds.
  • The keyboard size option is more flexible.
  • The app records typing stats.
  • You get over 100 themes.
  • Swiftkey is integrated with Microsoft To Do to create and complete tasks.

Gboard advantages

  • The top emoji row makes it easier to pick your favorite emojis.
  • The app can be integrated with the Bitmoji app.
  • You get on-screen options, including cut, copy, and select.
  • You can search for emojis, GIFs, and stickers altogether.
  • The app can take and insert passwords from your Google account. Of course, Chrome does that job while browsing, but while sign-in apps, Gboard handles the stick.

Word prediction

SwiftKey and Gboard Word Prediction Test Video

The definition of word prediction is predicting a word that suits the typed word or sentence. From past data to the language, a keyboard must figure out what would be the next word.

Compared to Gboard, SwiftKey remembers the typed words quickly, and the next time you type, you see the suggestions. SwiftKey also predicts and suggests the numbers.

Gboard, on the contrary, checks how often you type the exact words. If very often, then it remembers; otherwise, it doesn’t. For my address, I had to type many times before Gboard started advising the street name. Gboard does not suggest numbers.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 1 | Gboard: 1

Flow typing test

SwiftKey and Gboard Flow Typing Test Video

SwiftKey’s flow typing and Gboard’s glide typing are the same things. The accuracy of both can be measured with a test. To make it a fair test, I deleted the personal dictionary and learned words. Here is the sentence I typed in both:

If you are going to the market, can you please buy some pomegranate? Also, some cheese and butter.

According to the results (video), both are accurate when you type the correct spelling, but Gboard uses deeper AI learning and types the correct word when it is wrong.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 2 | Gboard: 2

Auto-correction test

Gboard and SwiftKey auto-correction test video

For this test, I have typed a sentence with at least one error. The test will see how both can correct the words. The sentence we are testing is:

If I purchase this app, will my phone work faster? Are there any alternatives?

SwiftKey misspelled the word “app” and typed “all.” Gboard, on the other hand, was entirely accurate. This round goes to Gboard.

Winner: Gboard | Score: Gboard: 3

Search engine

Bing Search on SwiftKey Keyboard

Gboard used to come with Google support, whereas SwiftKey with Bing support, but both companies have removed the option.

Related: SwiftKey vs. Samsung Keyboard


SwiftKey and Gboard

Microsoft SwiftKey comes with a store where users can download over 100 themes. The store has lots of great themes. You can add a background image, enable/disable borders, and add or remove the number row.

Gboard, on the other hand, comes with an editor to create your own themes. The benefit Gboard has is mixing backgrounds with styles giving you many customization options.

Regarding the button positions, the size for each button and the distance in Gboard are more extensive than in SwiftKey, which helps small screen devices.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 3 | Gboard: 4


Both support over 500 languages. Last year, SwiftKey added many new languages. The app also allows typing in five languages at the same time. You can swipe the spacebar to move through languages.

Gboard also allows typing in multiple languages. Both keyboards support different input types for so many languages. Depending on the language, one might support more input modes than the other.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 4 | Gboard: 5

Accents and special characters

SwiftKey and Gboard Accents and Special Characters
SwiftKey and Gboard Accents and Special Characters

Adding accents and special characters in the SwiftKey vs. Gboard review was essential. Regarding showing hidden accents when you hold a key, SwiftKey does a better job. The option is disabled in the settings, but it shows other accents and special characters when you press and hold a key.

SwiftKey shows four special characters while holding the period “.” key. Gboard shows more than fifteen special characters.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 5 | Gboard: 6

Emoji, GIFs, and stickers

Both offer emojis, GIFs, and stickers. SwiftKey suggests emojis as you type, whereas Gboard offers an emoji search tool. The app also suggests the emoji while typing, but it’s not consistent.

With stickers in SwiftKey, you can create collections and save them later. The app also has a basic image editor to add stickers to images before sharing.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 6 | Gboard: 7

Related: Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard


SwiftKey vs Gboard Translation

The final round of SwiftKey vs. Gboard is about the translation. Gboard uses Google Translate, while Bing powers SwiftKey. Gboard supports 108 languages, and SwiftKey supports 79 languages. SwiftKey can work with Microsoft Translator to translate the text offline.

Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 7 | Gboard: 8

SwiftKey or Gboard

Gboard won the battle of this Swiftkey vs. Gboard comparison. But, it depends on the user. Both are fine, and if you want a keyboard app that works, Gboard is for you, whereas if you want more customization features, SwiftKey is the one you need.

Wrap up

Here is the end of the SwiftKey vs. Gboard blog post. When I first wrote this post, SwiftKey was the winner, and now it’s a tie. Considering the significant rounds, most of the features are the same.

The main difference comes in those little elements which can change a user’s mind. Anyway, thanks for reading.

There is nothing more valuable than a user’s reviews about the app, so please share your views down below and share the knowledge with other users reading this blog post.


Saturday 17th of September 2022

Very interesting, thank you. To me, two things have me stick with Swiftkey. First, but not least : the arrows line, that help so much popsition the cursor while editing. Second, the ability it has to split words typed together, which GBoard can't seem to understand. For example (sorry, I'm French speaking) : "Jelaivu" or "jauraisaime" must give "Je l'ai vu" or "j'aurais aimé". Swiftkey handles this flawlessly while GBoard always fails in that kind of patern.

One thing I miss in both : the ability to insert line break instead of paragraph insertion. In Google Keep, that I use a lot, it's impossible to change line without creating another list item in checkbox mode.


Friday 20th of May 2022

What about password entry? I am not certain but I believe GBoard is pulling my saved passwords from my google account and entering them for me in apps or on websites. Would Swiftkey do the same?

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Friday 20th of May 2022

Not really. This all comes down to integrations. Gboard is integrated with other Google apps, including the passwords, so you get the freedom of just selecting the account, and it auto-fills it. It's one of the things I like about Gboard. However, the feature only works while sign-in in apps because on Chrome, the browser does the job.


Monday 27th of December 2021

Dear Madhsudhan, you've omitted a really-really important issue for me in this comparison. The problem is that I greatly prefer GBoard over Swiftkey, but Swiftkey offers just the accented characters for the installed language(s) on long press (that is, exactly the ones I really need, e.g. Hungarian ő, ű etc.). While on GBoard I have lots of (unnecessary) Western European accented characters beside the ones I need for my language which makes typing very annoying. Do I miss something here? Or this is a flaw of GBoard I should live with?


Monday 27th of December 2021

I understand your concern. You can't change those, I believe. There is an option to deactivate the long press option, but I guess you don't want that.

Daniel Müller Trøen

Sunday 12th of January 2020

thanks for sharing things I didn't know and I have used both of them for many years ????

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Thanks for sharing your views. I hope you like them both.


Thursday 21st of November 2019

I would add 3 things: 1. Gboard seems lighter on my old phone; 2. SwiftKey can split the keyboard in landscape mode; 3. SwiftKey is more aggressive on autocorrect.


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Thanks, Andre for adding those helpful points.