How to fix a Gboard that doesn’t work

Gboard is Google’s keyboard app, available on iOS and Android devices. It replaces the standard keyboard and allows you to access many of Google’s features directly from the new Gboard keyboard. If you’ve been using this app for a while, you’ve probably noticed that Gboard doesn’t work in some cases.

Sometimes the Gboard keyboard app suddenly freezes, doesn’t load completely, etc. If you’re having trouble with this, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem and get Gboard working properly.


Why isn’t Gboard working?

Why isn't Gboard working?

Your device cache: The first cause of the problem we found is the device cache. In general, computers and cell phones create a cache and store it in their memory. This allows for storage processing and gives faster results to the user.

For example, when you take pictures and save them to the gallery, your phone generates a cache. Every time you want to view them, your device accesses the cache. This way, your phone doesn’t have to process the images to generate the output.

However, this cache can be corrupted for a variety of reasons. If it is corrupted, you will not be able to use the phone’s normal functions. Thus, if we look at the situation, we can conclude that a corrupted cache may be the reason why Gboard does not work.

Updates with errors: the next reason why you might get the “Gboard has stopped working” error is because of updates. The developers of each platform work day and night. They do their best to make sure their products are bug-free and useful at the same time.

However, errors sometimes occur in these programs and applications. These bugs are coded into the program, which can lead to various errors.

Device security: Nowadays, security is the primary concern of any cyber business. Our smartphones are like the mini machines we carry in our pockets every day.

We store a variety of information on our phones, from to-do lists to credit card details. So we want them to be as secure as possible. That’s why the Google Playstore and iOS App Store offer their users maximum security.


Here’s how to fix a board that doesn’t work

Here's how to fix a board that doesn't work

Forced to leave the Gboard app

A Gboard can crash while you’re running and drop you. In this case, forcibly shutting down (not closing) the app can fix the problem. This will essentially erase all of Gboard’s operational and temporary configurations and reload them when we reopen the app.

  1. On the device, open the settings.
  2. Now find Applications (or App Manager) and click on it.
  3. Then find Gorda and tap on it.
  4. Now tap on Force Stop and confirm the forced stop by tapping on OK.
  5. Now open any app where you need to use the keyboard and check if Gboard is working properly.
Disable and re-enable Gboard in your keyboard settings

In Android, keyboards are controlled at the language and input level. Disabling and re-enabling Gboard can solve the problem if there are problems with the settings.

  1. Open your device settings.
  2. Find and tap on “Language and Input” (maybe under “Advanced Settings”).
  3. Now click on Virtual Keyboard (depending on the model, you may see the current keyboard option).
  4. Now deactivate Gboard and activate it.
  5. Now check if Gboard is working properly.
  6. If not, open the virtual keyboard settings again. Now disable all keyboards, then re-enable only Gboard and check if it works correctly.
Restart your device

Gboard failure can be caused by a software error, which you can fix simply by restarting your phone. However, if your device asks for a password when you restart it, don’t restart it. That way, you won’t be able to enter the password if Gboard doesn’t work (you can still continue if the default keyboard works).

  1. Long press the power button on your phone.
  2. Then press “Restart.”
  3. After restarting your phone, check to see if Gboard is working properly.
Deleting the Gboard app cache and data

A corrupted Gboard app cache/data can cause Gboard to stop working. In this case, deleting the Gboard app cache and data can solve the problem. If only one app is causing the problem, clearing that app’s cache and data may also solve the problem.

  1. On your phone, open Settings.
  2. Find and tap Applications (or App Manager).
  3. Find and tap on the board.
  4. Then tap on “Memory.”
  5. Then tap “Clear Cache” and confirm to clear the cache.
  6. Then tap Clear Data and confirm data clearing.
  7. Now run the app you want to use your keyboard in and check to see if Gboard is working properly.
Update the board to the latest version

The board is often updated to add new features and improve performance. If the problem you’re experiencing is due to a known bug, updating to the latest version may solve the problem.

  1. Launch the Play Store and open the hamburger menu.
  2. Then click on My apps and games.
  3. Now find Gord and tap on it.
  4. Then tap on update.
  5. Once the update process is complete, check to see if the problem has been resolved.
Deleting updates for Gboard

Gboard is known for updates that don’t always work properly. The current problem with Gboard may be the result of a faulty update. In this case, uninstalling the updates may solve the problem.

This option may not be available to all users (depending on the make and model of your device).

  1. Launch the Play Store and open the hamburger menu by tapping on it.
  2. Then click on My apps and games.
  3. Now find Gord and tap on it.
  4. Then tap on the 3 dots (action menu) in the top right corner.
  5. Now click on Remove Updates.
  6. After uninstalling the updates, check to see if Gboard is working properly.
Uninstall and reinstall the Gboard app

If nothing has helped so far, uninstalling and reinstalling Gboard may solve the problem. This will solve any damage problems caused by improperly installing the app.

  1. Launch the Play Store and open the Gboard menu.
  2. Then click on My apps and games.
  3. Now find Gorda and tap on it.
  4. Then click on Uninstall and confirm the uninstall.
  5. Once the uninstall is complete, reinstall the Gboard app and see if it works properly.
Reset to factory defaults

If nothing has worked so far, your only option may be to reset to factory settings. Note that this will delete all existing data on your Android device. Be sure to save all important information before proceeding. You will also need to enter your Google email address and password if your device is registered there.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Languages and System Input.
  3. Tap Manage virtual keyboards.
  4. Turn on Gboard.

This error could be caused by a faulty cache, application bugs, or even problems with the device itself. To fix this error, try clearing the cache or reinstalling the Gboard app. If the problem persists, check out the other troubleshooting tips listed in the article below.

Google Keyboard for Android has lost the prominent "G" key for search access. Gboard's built-in Google search feature seems to have been completely removed today for some beta users.

Open the Google Play Store app and search Gboard. Click on Gboard and if you see the word "Open" in the green box, you already have the latest version. If you see the word "Update", click on it and the update process will begin.

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