Use your keyboard

You can enter text and use images, like emojis and GIFs.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 7.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Write with Gboard

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, install Gboard.
  2. Open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  3. Tap where you can enter text. From here, you can:
    • Move your cursor: Swipe left or right on the space bar.
    • Turn on caps lock: Double-tap Shift Shift. To turn it off again, tap Shift Shift.
    • Find accents and more options: Touch and hold a key.

Use emojis & GIFs

  1. On your Android device, open any app where you can write, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. Tap Emoji Emoji. From here, you can:
    • Insert emojis: Tap one or more emojis.
    • Insert a GIF: Tap GIF. Then choose the GIF you want.
  4. Tap Send Send.
Tip: To go back to entering letters, tap ABC.
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