Android is fast becoming the most widely used operating system worldwide. After all you can consider Android as a Linux distribution as it’s a Linux based operating system and it’s developed by tech giant Google. One of the major advantages of the Android operating system over the competition (Windows Phone, iOS) is that it’s free and open source, meaning you can build on top of it just like Cyanogenmod and Amazon Fire operating system.
The major advantage for Android from a user point of view is that it can be easily customized to fit the users need either through Apps (many of them are free) or simple hacks, that gives it a huge advantage over the competition especially among tinkerers.
This post will present a step by step guide on how to add a dedicated number row to the Google keyboard, that would become very handy to a user instead of toggling between the alphabetical/numerical keyboard.
Step 1: Download Google Keyboard if yours does not already have it, you can find it here.
Step 2: Go to the settings on your mobile, either from the drop down menu or from the apps drawer depending on your phone manufacturer.
Step 3: Go to the Language and Input tab in the settings section as seen from the screenshot below.
Step 4: A list of available will appear, from that list select the settings on the Google keyboard tab as seen below.
Step 5: In the Google Keyboard settings section, tab on the “Appearance and Layouts” option as seen below.
Step 6: Select “Custom Input Styles” from the selection menu that will appear.
Step 7: Now, tab on the “+” tab on the top of the screen.
Step 8: Select the language you want (English in this case) and then select “PC” from the layout selection menu.
Step 9: Now, this new keyboard will appear to you when you go to select a keyboard to use and you can easily enable it.
Congratulations, you have successfully added a dedicated number row to your keyboard on Android.