How to Set SerialMagic Keys as the Default Keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Android 8.1)

This support article will provide instructions on how to set your default keyboard to SerialMagic Gears on the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Android version 8.1). This guide assumes that you have already installed SerialMagic Gears and SerialMagic Keys. If you have not already done this, click here to view our article on pairing with SerialMagic Gears (includes SerialMagic Keys).

*Since the process for setting the default keyboard varies widely between different Android devices, we've created several guides for the most popular Android devices: click here to view the index of these pages.
Note: Before following these instructions, you must first enable SerialMagic Keys through the SerialMagic Gears application!

Enable SerialMagic Keys

1. Navigate to "Settings."

Android 8.1 - Galaxy Note 8 settings

2. Tap on "General Management." (You may have to scroll down some ways before you see this section.)

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.1 - General management settings

3. Under Language and Time, tap on "Language and Input."

Galaxu S8 Android 8.1 settings - Language and input

4. Under Keyboards, tap on "On-screen keyboard."

Galaxy S8 Android 8.1 settings - language and input - on-screen keyboard

5. Tap on "manage keyboards."

Galaxy S8 Android 8.1 settings - lanaguage and input - on-screen keyboards - manage keyboards

6. Toggle the slider to the far right of "SerialMagic Keys" to the ON position.

Galaxy S8 Android 8.1 - manage keyboards - SerialMagic Keys

You may receive a few notices from Android regarding the permissions for SerialMagic Keys. Tap OK to continue.
SerialMagic Keys attention notice

SerialMagic Keys toggled ON:

SerialMagic Keys toggled ON (enabled)

Set SerialMagic Keys as the Default Keyboard

1. Launch an application that accepts text-input (such as a web browser or note app).

2. Tap into the text-input field (here we used a search bar within a web browser).

3. Tap on the keyboard icon at the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

4. Select "SerialMagic Keys."

Select SerialMagic Keys as the default keyboard