How to Install Android L Preview Keyboard on Any Rooted Android!

I know many of you don’t have a Nexus 5 and can’t enjoy the latest and great Google Keyboard that will supposedly be on the next Android 5.0 BUT if you have a rooted Android smartphone/tablet, you can install the latest Android L Preview keyboard easily by following tutorial below.

Before we begin, you must have a rooted Android smartphone or tablet.  This should work on ALL Android devices including Galaxy Note 3, Note 2, S5, S4, HTC One, Nexus 4, etc…etc…

Step 1. Download onto your phone.




Step 2. Install and open ES File Explorer app on Play Store.


Step 3. Browse to your Download folder then select


Step 4. Choose “ES Zip Viewer”.


Step 5. Hit “Extract”.  This will extract the keyboard files you need.


Step 6. Hit the back button once and you should see a new folder called AndroidLPreviewKeyboard, select that folder.


Step 7. Next choose “LatinImeGoogle.apk”.  This is the actual app file we will install.


Step 8. Choose “Package Installer”.  (You might not get this step, then you can skip it.)


Step 9. Install the Google Keyboard app.  You may have to check “Unknown Sources” on in your Security settings.



Step 10. Hit the back button then hit the Menu button on your phone.  You should see an option for “Tools”, hit that button.


Step 11. Turn “Root Explorer” ON.  This will allow you to see system files on your phone/tablet.


Step 12. Make sure you hit “Grant” or “Allow” when Superuser request window pops up!


Step 13. Hit the “Root Explorer” button and the choose “Mount R/W”.  This will allow us to copy files into the /system partition.


Step 14. Make sure /system is set to RW as shown below:


Step 15. Next copy the file “”.


Step 16. Next, browse to /system/lib folder and hit the Paste button.


Step 17. Select the file “” then hit “More”.


Step 18. Choose “Properties”.


Step 19. Hit “Change” button next to Permissions.


Step 20. Change the permission to Owner, Group, Other as shown below.


Step 21. Next go into Settings->Language and input on your phone/tablet.  Make sure Google Keyboard is checked ON and change your default keyboard to Google Keyboard.  Then hit the Settings icon/button.


Step 22. Hit “Advanced Settings”.


Step 23. Change “Color scheme” to “Material”.



Step 24. Now open up your browser and enjoy Android L Preview keyboard on your Android smartphone/tablet.  Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 🙂



29 Responses

  1. Javon says:

    Hey Max
    Thanks for the Android L keyboard tutorial everything is working great

  2. Jake D says:

    Hi, I followed all the steps on my Galaxy S4 (rooted but with stock rom) and no keyboard is showing when I select Google Keyboard as my default. Please help. Thanks

  3. Damien says:

    Works flawlessly on my SlimKAT 4.4.4 T-Mobile note 2, and my brothers stock rooted Xperia Z. THANKS A MILLION!!! We love you Max (no homo) lol.

  4. jaz says:

    tried all the steps. keyboard didn’t appear..dosen’t it work on an SIII?

    • Mark says:

      go to play marked look for “android L keyboard”

      • jimmy says:

        I had the same problem, come to find out i have the default settings on Samsung Keyboard.
        Go to Settings>language and Input>Keyboards and input methods>change defaults to>Google Keyboard.

  5. Jonathan says:

    I downloaded the file and when I click on it and try open it with Es zip viewer it says bad zip file., any ideas why.? Thank you.

  6. Mark says:

    Thanks for the video, followed and works. pretty cool!! I’m on sgh-t989 running CM 11 20140702-nightly-hercules

  7. Allan says:

    Thanx man! Works like a charn! A lot better than the regular keyboard!

  8. Lakshman Teja says:

    Whoa thanks a lot man it worked like a charm on my Moto G running Android 4.4 Kitkat. The keyboard is very cool than all other apps. Thanks a lot for the well detailed guide.

  9. Robert G von Giebel says:

    Followed 2 the letter. But, immediately after install I started getting,” google keyboard stopped working”. I was unable to use back button on bottom of phone & had 2 constantly reboot phone 2 use once. As far as c & p of libjni file. I was unable 2 bring up option 2 copy. I tried 2 reinstall gapps pkg from wen I installed Mahdi Rom but still no luck…same lock up. Guess I’ll have 2 do a factory reset & install all over again. 🙁 Running Sprint L720 or S$.

    • George says:

      I had the same problem on Sprint Note 2. Watch the video and do not install the keyboard first, instead follow the part where you change the settings and after you have modified your settings then install the keyboard. When I did it this way it worked for me. Hope this helps.

  10. marjuksarik says:

    wwwwwwoooowwwww….Amazing keypad…! This is work on my device Sam gal note2 thank you sooooooo much dude…!

  11. Rene Lopez says:

    Hey thanks for all the great stuff on this site. I have Rooted my T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 and Installed the BeanStalk ROM and Gapps. Phone is working great! Much faster than with stock system. I cannot get the Android L keyboard apk to install. I get an Parsing error at step 8. Has anyone actually installed this apk successfully on an SG S2?

  12. Luu says:

    Easy to follow steps, awesome work… Keep it up!!

  13. TOSIF QAMAR KHAN says:

    thanks a lot man …..i m really happy

  14. Jason Mitchell says:

    Super, I’ve been growing tired of Swiftkey for a while now but it’s gave me a similarly visually appealing keyboard. This looks great and works better. Cheers, I wouldn’t have known how to do this without your help.

  15. Ged says:

    Rooted my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy SGH T989 running AOKP rom Kit Kat 4.4.4.
    Just installed the Google Keyboard. You saved me from I-Phone. Thanks a lot Max.
    My 7 year old can follow your step by step tutorial and root a phone. Thanks again
    for the great work.

  16. Ged says:

    Oh, waiting for my One Plus One. lol

  17. nick says:

    Awesome..working fine on my Note3 running on X note V20.

  18. Ronald Sibanda says:

    thanks for the tutorial, it works brilliantly

  19. Matthew Boone says:

    Thanks alot Max. (note 3 tmo)

  20. mark says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. Its awesome. One question though. How can I add emoji add on in its dictionary?

  21. David says:

    I followed all the steps, I must say thank you for makeING them so easy to follow. But my issue is, when I go to Language and Input settings and tick Google Keyboard, the tick disappears right after so I can’t make it my default keyboard.

  22. David says:

    Fixed it. I just had to restart my phone. Awesome keyboard. Thanks loads

  23. Odin The Sigtyr says:

    Bro, you have helped me so much with my Note 3 – I go to your site religiously now. I’ve been wanting to root a phone for a very along time and finally rooted my Note 3 thanks to you (with such ease) – thanks for the tutorials! Also, this keyboard is amazing! Great tutorial, no issues!

  24. Jihoi Joung says:

    I can’t find the Korean keyboard

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