Have you ever taken out your phone to send a quick text or reply to an email, and suddenly get a message that says Unfortunately, Android keyboard has stopped on your device? You’ve probably tried the best you can to restore the keyboard but it still doesn’t show on the phone.
No doubt you need to send the text or email quickly, but restarting your phone or even the messaging app doesn’t help. Try the troubleshooting steps below that’ll work on most Android devices, to find one that’ll work for you.
Fix Unfortunately Android Keyboard has stopped
Restart the keyboard
To do this:
- Open Settings on the phone
- Go to Apps section
- Tap Application Manager and swipe to go to All tab
- Find the app Android Keyboard (or tap the third-party keyboard you’re using)
- Tap on it and then tap Force Stop to stop it
- Exit Settings and try the keyboard again
Clear cache and data
You can clear cache and data for the keyboard app to clear possibly corrupted or problematic apps that could be bugged. This doesn’t delete important information but wipes your personal settings when data files from apps are deleted. If there are changes you made to the keyboard, the settings will be lost too. To do this:
- Open Settings>Apps>Application Manager
- Swipe to All apps
- Find Android Keyboard or the keyboard app you use
- Tap on the app and then tap Clear Cache
- Now tap Clear data and tap OK to confirm
- Restart the phone and try the keyboard again
Note: you can also clear cache and data for Dictionary app as it’s closely linked to the keyboard app if you get the Unfortunately Android keyboard has stopped error.
Update Google Keyboard
Whichever keyboard you’re using, an update can help resolve any bugs or missing patches it may need to function properly. To update keyboard, open Google Play Store and tap the menu, then tap My apps & games and click on Update.
Reset Keyboard settings
Some Android phones use manufacturer set keyboards, and you can reset the keyboard’s settings to fix the error. To do this:
- Open Settings and tap System for Language and Input
- Tap the keyboard for your device (if Samsung, tap Samsung keyboard)
- Scroll down and tap Reset settings and check if it works again
Update device software
To do this:
- Open Settings>tap About device
- Tap Software or System update
- The device will check for new updates. Once installed, the phone will restart and you can try the keyboard again.
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