Moto E comes with a vanila Google keyboard, which you can find it in Google Play store.
The Google keyboard is actually one of the best keyboards for Android, although it is free. Most Android phone manufacturers tried to modify it with their own footprint. But, so far, neither Samsung nor HTC (forget about LG or Sony) brings a better or more accurate keyboard to Android
How to use Emojis in Moto E?
Since KitKat 4.4, Android start to support colorful emojis natively. In Google keyboard, you can find a lot of emojis in different categories.
To input emojis, you tap the emoji button in Moto E keyboard. Emojis are organized in different categories. If you want to return to text input mode, tap the ABC button.
Please note, the emojis are available for messages and emails, other supported apps only. If you find your Moto E keyboard does not have the emojis button, very likely, the app does not support emojis, for example, web browser does not support emojis.
How to add or change input languages in Moto E keyboard
In addition to system language (please follow this guide on changing Moto E languages) , you can also add multiple languages to your Moto E keyboard.
In your Moto E, go to Settings–Language & input. Tap the settings icon next to Google keyboard as shown below.
By default, Google keyboard uses the Moto E system language. You need uncheck this settings to proceed as shown below.
After unchecking the “use system language”, you now can select many more languages to your keyboard. Moto E keyboard can handle multiple languages.
Tap any available languages that you are going to use for your keyboard. The checked languages will then be added to your Moto E keyboard.
How to switch languages in Moto E keyboard?
If you added more than one language to your Moto E keyboard, you can switch it on-fly.
To change Moto E keyboard languages, tap and hold the spacebar button until you get the options window as shown below. You can then switch the input language fro the Google keyboard.
How to use gesture typing in Moto E keyboard?
Moto E keyboard also supports gesture typing.
You can slide your finger across the letters of the word. You can release your finger once the word you want is displayed in the floating preview or in the middle of the suggestion strip. To select other words in the suggestion strip, touch it.
When using gesture typing in Moto E keyboard, it is not necessary to use the spacebar. After you lift your finger, it will automatically insert the space and continue a new word.
If the word you want to use is not shown when using gesture typing, you have to manually type it.
How to use Google voice typing in Moto E keyboard
You can use Google voice typing for Moto E keyboard. In other words, you can type by speaking.
To use Google voice typing, touch the microphone button in the Moto E keyboard. You can start to speak once you see the red microphone image. Google speech recognition engine will convert what you speak to text.
If you are using English, you can even speak “comma”, “period”, “question mark” and “exclamation mark” to enter punctuation.
By default, Google voice typing using online speech recognition engine if internet connection is available.
It is possible to use offline speech recognition engine if you are not always connected. You can go to Settings–Language & input. Tap the setting icon next to Google voice typing.
Then tap “offline speech recognition” to download and install additional languages for offline Google voice typing. You need switch to All tab to see all available offline languages as shown below.
Normally, Google voice typing is smart enough to know the language you are using. So, most of the time, you can just leave the input language for voice typing as automatic (default). If the voice typing gets wrong language, you may manually set the language. Tap the “Choose input language”, uncheck “Automatic”, then you can manually select the voice input language.
How to add your own personal dictionary to Moto E keyboard?
Moto E keyboard allows you to add your own personal dictionary. This means you can add your own words to your personal dictionary in Moto E.
Not only the words, but also the optional shortcuts, can be added to your personal dictionary. Moto E keyboard will remember them, and use them as the first choice.
To add words to your personal dictionary, go to Settings–Language & input. Tap the setting icon next to Google keyboard. Then tap “personal dictionary”. You can add words or phrases, and corresponding shortcuts (optional) for the words as shown below.
In this tutorial, I added “Moto E Guide” into my personal dictionary. I also defined a shortcut “zmeg” for it as shown above.
Now, whenever I type zmeg, Moto E Guide will become the first choice. Actually, after I type “zm”, my Moto E keyboard already suggests Moto E Guide.
Personal dictionary in Moto E keyboard is a very useful feature and can save you tremendous time if you use it wisely.
Because Moto X, Moto G and Moto E use the identical keyboard, this guide also applies to Moto X keyboard and Moto G keyboard.
Do you have any questions on using Moto E keyboard (or Moto G keyboard, ot Moto X keyboard)?
Please leave a comment if you have any problems or questions on how to use Moto E keyboard (or Moto G keyboard, ot Moto X keyboard).
More how-to guides , tips and tricks for using Moto E are available at Moto E how-to guides page.