• Photo themes for iOS
    1. What are Photo themes?
    2. How to design a theme
    3. How to delete your theme
    4. FAQs

    1 - What are Photo themes?

    Photo themes for iOS were introduced in Microsoft SwiftKey 2.2.0 as we believe you should be able to express your style in more than just words.

    The feature allows you to design your own keyboard theme by picking any of your photos as the background. Personalise your theme further with resizing options, choosing your own key pop-up colours and giving it a name.

    2 - Designing a Photo theme

    Here we'll guide you through all of the steps necessary to design your own Photo theme(s):

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    Get started by either: Opening your Microsoft SwiftKey app and tapping 'Themes'


    Open your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard, tap '+' to show the Toolbar and tap the palette icon

    1. Tap 'Design your theme' or '+'. If you've already saved a Photo theme you won't see the 'Design your theme' prompt. Instead just tap the '+' icon.
    2. Choose photos from your camera roll or an alternative location. Your photos must be in either JPG or PNG format.
    3. Press 'Next'

    Next, we'll take you through the various adjustment options available. When you're done, remember to hit 'Save' or your design will disappear.

    Resize, reposition and rotate

    You can:

    • Pull focus to a particular area. Just pinch to zoom in and out of your photo.
    • Using the same pinching motion you're also able to rotate your photo.
    • Drag your photo around within the boundary box to reposition it.

    If you make a mistake just press 'Reset photo' to start afresh.


    Name your photo theme

    Type in a recognizable name for your theme. This will only be viewable by you.

    Adjust background brightness

    This setting determines how much of the photo is visible behind the keys. Microsoft SwiftKey will try and determine the optimum brightness for your photo, but you can adjust it by dragging the slider left and right.

    Take your pick from the available key pop-up colour options. Just tap on a colour to select it and then preview your choice using the keyboard view below.

    Set key background

    You can also set your key background - choose from shades of grey or transparent.



    3 - How to delete Photo themes

    Please note that once you delete a theme you won't be able to get it back. Instead you'll need to begin your design again from scratch.

    To delete:

    1. Long press on your theme to reveal the 'Delete' prompt
    2. Tap on it to confirm

    4 - FAQs


    Microsoft SwiftKey will ask for your permission to access your photos when you enter the Photo themes wizard for the first time. You'll need to confirm and accept in order to create your own.

    For more information on our Privacy Policy please visit this link:

    Do Photo themes work with Backup & Sync?

    It is not currently possible to use Backup & Sync to save your Photo themes to your Microsoft SwiftKey Account. Therefore if you remove Microsoft SwiftKey from your device you'll lose any themes you previously created.

    This also means that your themes cannot be transferred between iOS and Android devices.

    Additional customization options

    There are differences between Photo themes on iOS and Android. The Microsoft SwiftKey team monitor all feedback closely and will make changes accordingly.

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  • How to change themes and designs

    Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS offers a range of themes to suit your individual tastes and styles.

    These include:

    Photo Themes

    Turn your favourite photo into your keyboard background in order to truly personalise your typing experience.

    To see how click here

    Nickel X Theme

    Nickel X was designed with the iPhone X in mind but there's nothing stopping you from enjoying this cool adaptive light/dark theme if you use another iOS device.

    Preview the effect in the Microsoft SwiftKey app by toggling the icon shown below. This doesn't set anything, it's just to show you how it will work.


    Please note: some apps may not support this theme and the transparency feature - this is normal.

    Animated Themes

    Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS also offers a collection of Animated Themes.

    Choose from the Cogs and Zig Zag collections, plus Snowy Sky, Shooting Stars and Bubble Gum.

    How to change Themes in Microsoft SwiftKey

    To access these themes, please follow the steps below:

    1. Open Toolbar by tapping the '+' icon
    2. Press the 'Themes' button
    3. Scroll through the designs available




    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap ‘Themes’
    3. Tap on a theme to preview a design and make a selection

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  • Can I transfer themes from Android to iPhone?

    All themes are unique across platforms, and cannot be transferred from Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for Android to iOS (or vice versa) at this time.

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