Recently all my virtual keyboards disappeared. Whenever I go to any app that needs keyboard input, the only option I get is voice input. If I tap the "X" to close the voice input, nothing happens. If I go to language & keyboard, then virtual keyboard, all it has is Google voice typing.

The only thing "suspicious" is that I recently went through a system update. I don't know if that specifically caused my issue but before the update it seems like I had my keyboard. I just didn't pay enough attention around the update to pinpoint it as the problem.

I've gotten around this issue by installing Gboard but I don't want a secondary app just to have a keyboard on my phone. I've searched through all my apps for anything with keyboard in the name and nothing is showing up.

Is there a way to reinstall the "default virtual keyboard"?

  • Can you go to play store and simply install Gboard again? Aug 24, 2017 at 15:43
  • I did and have a keyboard back but would assume I don't need a 3rd party app to have a keyboard natively on my phone.
    – Craig O
    Aug 26, 2017 at 18:36

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I recently had the same problem. I solved it by uninstalling GBoard updates and updating again GBoard.

  • Thanks Miki! Not sure why your answer has a -2 it worked for me. I recently disabled Google Boards (thinking it was a flip board type app) didn't realize it was the virtual keyboard. Enabled it and my virtual keyboard is back. Appreciate the comment.
    – Tom
    Mar 15, 2019 at 13:44

Have you wiped cache/factory reset after update? Maybe check under language and input in settings to find the device's factory installed virtual keyboard.

  • What phone are you using? Most manufacturers have a PC suite or software to backup user installed apps so that you can go back to custom settings after a reset. If performing a zero power reboot or cache wipe doesn't work, the only option left is factory reset. However before resetting I would recommend you freeze/disable apps to see if there could be any conflict. Aug 24, 2017 at 15:45
  • I have an HTC Bolt. Only had it a couple of weeks. I'll look for what they use for backing up Apps.
    – Craig O
    Aug 25, 2017 at 0:56
  • Hey since you use HTC try clearing cache/data of HTC Sense Input. Hope this helps Aug 25, 2017 at 6:19
  • I looked but I don't have HTC sense input. Anyone know what app I would use to keep all my apps when doing a factory reset? Aug 26, 2017 at 13:14
  • The OP, using a different account, edited the post as a reply to the comment: "I don't want to do a factory reset. I've added a lot of apps and customized the "look and feel" and don't want to do that all over again. The keyboard was working after all that. I'm hoping for a different solution."
    – Andrew T.
    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:16

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