How to Change Gboard Theme on Android and iPhone

In this post, you will see the steps to change the Gboard theme on Android phone and iOS (iPhone).

You will also find steps to disable or enable haptic feedback on Android and iPhone. Let’s start.

Note: Gboard is also known as Google Keyboard.

How to change Gboard theme on Android smartphone

Open the Settings app.

Click System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard.

or

Press the three horizontal dots on the Gboard keyboard.

Tap Theme.

Now you can see the themes. Default, colors, landscapes, light and dark gradients are available.

Choose the one you prefer.

Enable Key borders if you prefer a border for the keys.

Press the Apply button.

Notes:

You can set the image on your Android device as a theme and this is how you can do that:

Follow steps 1-3 above. Click on the + icon at the top.

You are now in the Recent section of the Files app.

Select the image.

Put the part of the image you want to set as a theme within the rectangle. Tap the Next button.

Adjust the brightness with the slider.

Press the Done button.

Now activate the Key borders if you want, and then click the Apply button.

Here’s how you can remove a custom theme:

Tap the custom theme you want to remove.

You can now see the trash can icon. Hit it.

In the confirmation popup, tap OK.

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How to change Gboard theme on iPhone

Open the Gboard app or long-press the gear icon on the Gboard keyboard and then press Settings.

Hit Themes.

You can see the themes now. Available are default, landscapes, light, and dark gradients.

Choose the one you prefer.

Customize the one you want by clicking on the pencil icon on it.

You can find many options such as background, keys, key popups, and glide typing. Play with them as you like.

Once you are done, tap Done in the top right corner.

Notes:

You can set the custom image on your iPhone as a theme and here’s how: Follow steps 1 and 2 above.

Click on the + icon at the top.

Select the photo you prefer.

Now bring the part of the image you want to set as a theme within the rectangle.

Then tap Choose in the bottom right corner.

You are now on the Customize theme screen, where you can customize the theme to your liking by using the options there.

Once you are done with the customization, make sure to hit Done in the top right corner.

Here’s how you can delete a custom theme:

Open Gboard app.

Hit Themes.

Besides Custom, you can find Show all. Hit it.

Tap Edit at the top right.

Select the themes you want to delete.

Click Delete below.

That’s all.

How to activate or deactivate Haptic Feedback

Android

If you only want to disable haptic feedback on the Gboard keyboard, follow the steps below:

Open the Settings app.

Tap “System.”

Click on “Languages & input.”

Tap “Virtual keyboard.”

Press “Gboard.”

Tap the “Preferences” option.

Deactivate “Haptic feedback on keypress.”

That’s all.

Notes:

  • To turn on haptic feedback, you must follow the steps above, but enable it instead of disabling it.
  • If you use a different keyboard app instead of Gboard (for instance, Swiftkey), then you need to go through the settings of that app to enable or disable its haptic feedback.

If you want to disable haptic feedback for the entire Android device except for the fingerprint scanner, follow these steps:

Open the Settings app.

Tap “Sound.”

Hit “Advanced.”

Disable “Touch vibration.”

That’s it.

Note: To turn it on, follow the steps above, but activate it instead of deactivating it.

iPhone

If you only want to disable haptic feedback on the Gboard keyboard, follow the steps below:

Open Gboard app.

Press the Keyboard settings.

Deactivate the toggle switch next to “Enable haptic feedback on key press.”

That’s it.

Note: To activate, enable the toggle switch next to “Enable haptic feedback on key press.”

Here you can see the steps to enable or disable haptic feedback on the iPhone.

Open Settings.

Hit Sounds & Haptics.

Scroll down.

Enable (to activate) or disable (to deactivate) the toggle switch next to System Haptics.

That’s it.

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