SwiftKey now lets you customize your keyboard with your own photos

SwiftKey has introduced a feature that lets you use your photos as a background for your keyboard. Called Photo Themes, the feature bolsters SwiftKey's already fairly robust theming options with an added touch of personalization.

On top of using your own photos, SwiftKey says it has teamed up with National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski to provide 12 of his wildlife and nature photos as photo background options.

To get started with Photo Themes, navigate to the "Custom" portion of the "Themes" section in SwiftKey. You can then upload your own image to use as a background, toggle key borders and symbols, and adjust the background darkness.

In addition to photo themes, the latest update also adds a new batch of supported languages. Here's a look at the full release notes:

  • Photo Themes: truly personalize your keyboard by picking any photo as your background. Take your design further by resizing the photo, choose background brightness, plus toggle key borders and symbols.
  • You can now type in Griko, Khasi, Marwari, Ossetic (Iron and Digor), Sango, Samogitian, Saramaccan, Tok Pisin, and Võro.

SwiftKey has been a popular keyboard alternative on Android for some time, and it has continued to garner new features since being acquired by Microsoft in 2016. Earlier in 2017, Microsoft announced it was discontinuing its own Word Flow keyboard on iOS in favor of SwiftKey.

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