Number crunching - how to add a number row to the stock Google keyboard

Number crunching - how to add a number row to the stock Google keyboard
With the default Google Keyboard, things are peachy until it comes to punching in a number. You are pressed to either hold down on the upper row of keys, or press a button to switch between the numbers & symbols keyboard layout. Both actions are quite inconvenient if you often enter numbers in your messages. Thankfully, there is a way to get a number row on top of all your Android keyboard buttons. The procedure doesn't involve any tricks, hacks and mods, but you may find it rather convoluted. 

In this tutorial, we'll walk you through enabling a number row in the stock Google keyboard on Android 5.0 Lollipop. You will then be able to use the number keys seamlessly, although your keyboard will grow one row taller. Hey, at least it's a very useful row!

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18 Comments

1. palmguy

Posts: 984; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Magical!

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

It decreases the size of key too much. I'd rather use swiftkey.

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Swiftkey also has the same option. And you can then increase the size of the keyboard.

15. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Interestingly I have no mistyping issue on my M8's 5" screen. The size is just fine

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Hmmm... I'm gonna try this out. Will report back later.

11. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Upon further review. No..... Not even on a phone with a 6inch screen. Next I will try it on my tablet. I'm not so optimistic.

4. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I agreed this layout is too cramped

5. datagrab

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Tried it on my stock android K920. If it weren't for the brackets and semi columns and whatnot, it would've been cool. But nope.

6. A.Adel

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

looks really bad

8. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Guys, it looks like that because it is the actual PC keyboard layout, symbols and all are in their actual placement. This doesn't just add the number row, this adds the basically the entire main section of a PC keyboard. It literally looks like a keyboard looks if you look down at an actual keyboard. Its neat as it has 2 shift keys just like on a keyboard and its great to have of the other symbols as needed.

9. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Thanks Luis D.

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Cramped for sure, but useful. Thanks, PA!

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

hmm... I will use this setup over the weekend... initially it feels a bit cramped, but I think that with a little hands on time, I can get use to it... it might turn out to be a time saver thanks you phone arena.

13. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Wow. Awesome hidden features. It's like easter egg

14. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Wow!! Respect for phonearena suddenly rose to maximum! It's awesome on tablet and has a pc layout. It's rare to get these kinds of hidden features nowadays!

16. Awaragardiyan unregistered

Thanks PA

17. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I wish google make options to increase the size of their keyboard. That would be more helpful.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, several days later, I'm happy to report that this setup is a massive time saver. It takes very little time to get use to the more compact layout and it's great to not have to switch between alpha/numeric all the time. Thank you Phone Arena.

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