Google launched GBoard earlier this year which is basically a combination of the Google Keyboard and the Search app. With a small Google search icon sitting right on top of the keyboard, productivity certainly increases. However, GBoard is still far from perfect as it lacks in performance and accuracy. The great thing is that everything required to optimize GBoard is sitting inside the settings for the app itself. This post will help you optimize GBoard and make it the keyboard you’ve always wanted.
Disable some settings
Accurate word-suggestions is a feature which speeds up your typing and saves you a lot of time. Navigate to the GBoard settings via the GBoard app or your native Android settings. Launch the GBoard settings either from Settings->Language&Input->GBoard or the GBoard app-> Settings section.
From the settings, open the Text Correction section and disable the options that say Suggest Contact Names and Personalized Suggestions. After disabling both the features, you’ll notice a sudden improvement in word suggestions.However, if you need the keyboard to suggest contact names, you can manually add them to the liabriary.
Enable the Number row
Now that you’re already inside the GBoard Settings, head over to the Preferences section. From this section, enable the option that says Number Row. After you’ve enabled this option, head over to any messaging or note-taking app and toggle the keyboard. You should now see a number row right beneath the Google Search icon.
This should pretty much optimize your GBoard and make it faster and more accurate. Although GBoard was first launched on iOS a few months prior to its release on Android, nothing major has changed for the Android variant. Things are almost exactly like they were in the iOS app. Instead of overhauling the core experience, they just polished it for the better.
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