SwiftKey Themes are Now Free

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile with 17 Comments

SwiftKey Themes are Now Free

Microsoft announced today that it is giving away SwiftKey themes on Android and iOS for free. It’s not clear if this is a limited-time offer for the holidays, however, or a permanent change.

“With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to spread a little SwiftKey cheer of our own – which is why we’re excited to tell you that all themes on SwiftKey are now completely free,” an email from Microsoft notes, explaining that over 100 themes are available.

That email doesn’t suggest that there’s a time limit on the themes being free—they’re normally in-app purchases—nor does a post about the themes on the SwiftKey blog. Nor, for that matter, does Microsoft’s tweet about this change. But if you do want to grab some themes for free, I’d do so now just in case.

According to Microsoft, you can find themes from the keyboard, but the method varies between platforms.

Android. Tap or slide the hamburger icon on the left of the prediction bar to enter the SwiftKey Hub. Then, open the Themes panel and select SwiftKey Store.

iOS. Open the container app from your home screen and click the red Design icon in the top right to pick from the available themes.

As you may recall, Microsoft purchased SwiftKey for $250 million in cash back in February, which it said at the time counts over 300 million users, making it the most popular software keyboard app in the world.


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17 responses to “SwiftKey Themes are Now Free”

  1. 2481

    What I want to know why they do not have on screen keyboard replacements for Windows 10 desktop/tablets.

    I really love the Samsung Galaxy keyboards with voice dictation built in. Why no cortana dictation?


  2. 289

    I wish they would finally release their Wordflow app for Android. I use it on iOS and it's great; almost like the good old Lumia days. And when are they are going to bring it to Windows 10 tablets???

  3. 1139

    Hmm. I don't like the default Android keyboard, so let me try this...thanks for the tip! Hopefully the themes are free forever.

  4. 1445

    Thanks for the tip on the free SwiftKey themes although I can only find 16 themes available. Is there somewhere else we need to go to find the rest?

    It would be good to have some more choices - especially if they are free!

  5. 5516

    Of course they did, because I just bought a keyboard pack last week.

  6. 5767

    Cool! I just got a few new ones.

  7. 834

    Nice! Thanks for letting us know. Just downloaded a few I like.

  8. 2968

    I'm really hoping they bring that crazy awesome one-handed keyboard that they have on iOS to SwiftKey on Android, or as a separate app on android. If only 3rd party keyboards on iPhone were reliable, and I owned an iPhone :)

  9. 5394

    I tried Swiftkey on my iPhone and given up when it doesn't work. I'm glad its free. Everyone can try it out and give up on it.

  10. 7191

    I wish they would bring SwiftKey to Windows. The Windows 10 keyboard is functional, but only barely.

    • 5530

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      they don't even need to bring swiftkey's many features to Windows 10. They just need to bring it up to par with the excellent keyboard in Windows Mobile, with gesture typing and the cursor control. But it's behind even the keyboard from Windows Phone 8.1...

      • 8853

        In reply to FalseAgent:

        Yes―the cursor control on the Windows mobile keyboard would be especially welcome, both in "big Windows" and on Android. It also had great word swipe typing and word prediction. SwiftKey's not bad, though, now that I'm Android, but I would love to see more of Microsoft's influence on it.

    • 5554

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      If you're referring to Windows PC, SwiftKey is meant for mobile devices / small screens.  If referring to Windows 10 Mobile, ask Microsoft - they don't allow replacement keyboards.  It's also a dead platform, so there's that.

      If you want greater user choice and customizability then you're better off with Android anyway, since it's the "windows of mobile" to quote Paul.

  11. 8853

    Thanks for the tip! Right now I'm feeling the Rutilated Quartz theme. There's a number of good ones, though. Ooh, Magnetite and Material Orange also look pretty nice.

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