I factory-reset my Android 4.4.4 phone and lost my Swiftkey keyboard, which upon installing originally, I erased the standard Samsung keypad.

Now only only voice is available, and I cannot get into my Samsung or Google accounts to get things going again, because saying a password is impossible. All I want is access to a keyboard. What can I do?


A factory reset removes user apps and data, leaving the system partition alone. It sounds like you removed the system keyboard and had a user keyboard erased. You could sideload a keyboard with adb or something, but based on your comment that the OS is not working in general it would probably be better to flash a ROM (presumably whatever ROM you're already using, whether the original software or a custom build).

  • forgive my ignorance, but i got the OS going, but how do I do the adb keyboard? thanks Jan 18 '16 at 2:37
  • @DiegoDuranMontemayor Download an APK file for a keyboard, such as this one, connect your phone to your computer, and run adb install name-of-download.apk. To find out more about adb or to obtain it: android.stackexchange.com/tags/adb/info Jan 18 '16 at 2:44
  • you are a lifesaver Jan 18 '16 at 2:55
  • @DiegoDuranMontemayor, you can also sideload using GUI (if you're not comfortable with command-line). Download or copy the APK into phone and tap on the APK file using a file manager. You would be asked to enable Unknown sources setting. Past that, tap the APK again and proceed with installation.
    – Firelord
    Jan 18 '16 at 7:12

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