Google's stock Android keyboard has hidden themes

Google's stock Android keyboard has hidden themes
We all know that Google loves to hide Easter eggs in its products, and it turns out that there is one to be found in the stock Google Keyboard app for Android that was recently released into the Google Play Store. Apparently, the stock Google Keyboard app has hidden different themes, and it's actually pretty easy to be able to switch between those looks.

The only thing you'll need to have in order to access the themes is a custom launcher. Our favorite is Nova Launcher, which is free, so that will do just fine (the download link will be below). Once you're in the custom launcher, just long-press on the homescreen and choose Shortcuts, then Activities. In the menu that pops up, choose "Google Keyboard" (it may be listed as "Android Keyboard (AOSP)"), and then choose "Android Keyboard Debug Settings." Once you've done that, there will be a new shortcut created on your homescreen that will launch you straight into the advanced settings for the stock keyboard, where you will be able to choose your theme. 

There are 4 basic options with 6 total options. There is the Basic (which is the pre-Gingerbread theme), Stone, Gingerbread, and Ice Cream Sandwich (the default on ICS and higher), then with Basic there is normal and high contrast, and Stone has normal and bold. Have fun with it!

source: LifeHacker



1. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nice. Too bad there's no way to add the shortcut without the launcher.

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If you prefer the stock launcher on your phone you're simply not using it correctly.

4. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I prefer stock launcher. What is it am I not doing correctly?

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013


7. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

To each his own.

11. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That makes no sense

12. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

If it's stock android I disagree.

14. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

My phone ROM comes default with Trebuchet . I will never change it , never ever !

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Can apex do this?

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yes, you can, was over looking activities.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

My lg g pro keyboard can do that...

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

how is this a easter egg when u have to download a third party launcher? that's like saying it has a easter egg theme selection too, u just need to download a launcher and theme and apply it.


Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Because the theme selection feature is not part of the launcher. You just use the launcher to access the settings.

10. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

What I want is the stock Google keyboard with functionality of SwiftKey, and Sense 5 keyboard interface.

13. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

These are REALLY lame...

15. ludegmo

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

This is such bulls**t. I cant download it. Its a simple keyboard man!

16. FilthyJ24

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

There's a free app called quick shortcut maker. Worked just fine.

18. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

For people that do not know, you do not have to use the Nova launcher. All one has to do is to only install it and one gets the 'Activities' option in widgets on all installed launchers.

19. iParkos

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Bold high contrast is where it's at.

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