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I read this article which says that I can "can install any custom keyboard as the default keyboard on Android". How can I do that? Does it require rooting?

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No it doesn't require rooting. –  Matt Dec 30 '10 at 19:50
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Yes you can. I've used Swype as well as TouchPal Keyboard as alternatives.

Once you install any new keyboard, just go to Settings > Language & Keyboard to set your keyboard/text settings.

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None of the links work. –  Jonny Mar 6 '13 at 2:33
    
Thanks. The question I linked to has been removed, so I removed the link. I fixed the link to Swype and added one to TouchPal. –  gary Mar 6 '13 at 11:03
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I found that even after changing the setting it didn't use the new keyboard. I had to do a long press in a text field. That showed an option for which input method to use. Once selecting the new keyboard it worked all the time.

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+1 I don't recall Swype requiring this, but great point! –  gary Dec 30 '10 at 20:34
    
It also allows you to switch back if you're having a tough time getting used to the new keyboard. –  DarthNoodles Dec 30 '10 at 23:33
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