Full Access in FancyKey

FancyKey is unique in many ways, an important one is it does not require user to “Allow Full Access” for basic features to work. User can enjoy Word Prediction, Emoji Art and 6 default Themes without Full Access opened. Full Access is only required if user opts in the Keyboard Click Sound feature. And it’s temporarily required if user adds a non-English(US) language or apply a customized theme.

What is Full Access?

Granting an iOS keyboard extension Full Access is allow it to share data with its broader “container” app and gain network access. Apple has a warning message in place to alert users the potential security issues, which is quite scaring.

If you don’t grant the Full Access right, developers will have no way to access any of your typing record. And it’s also impossible to offer some special features.

Why we need Full Access?

There are three features we have to ask for Full Access:

  1. Play keyboard click sound. Apple has designed it that we cannot play any sound without Full Access. I don’t quite understand why Apple doesn’t offer a separate option to control play sound ability. I hope they improve it in future updates;
  2. Add non-English(US) package. The installation package from App Store only has English (US) language integrated. To add extra language, user has to download from our remote server. A language pack occupies 2~5 MB storage. If we pack all languages into one single installation package, its size would be over 100 MB. That’s hard to download and consumes unnecessary storage on device.
  3. Customize themes. Apple has limited run-time memory of the keyboard extension to 40 MB. It’s impossible to do CPU insensitive jobs in the extension. But generating a customized theme needs quite a lot of CPU work, we cannot achieve this in the extension.

Different from other keyboards, we’ve designed FancyKey to ask for Full Access only if user opts in specific features. For 2nd and 3rd features, users just need to open Full Access for minutes and close it after language or theme successfully applied.

Technology is just a tool, it can do good, also can do evil. It depends how we use it. FancyKey is designed to fancy your social life, not to ruin it. We live a life by selling great apps, not your personal info.

106 thoughts on “Full Access in FancyKey”

      1. Open System Settings, navigate to General > Keyboard > Keyboards > F͓̽a͓̽n͓̽c͓̽y͓̽K͓̽e͓̽y͓̽ – FancyKey, turn on Allow Full Access
        Disable it and re-enable it if you re-install the app. Back to Keyboards view for the settings to take effect.

        1. Thanks man! I am still having trouble though because I click the button but it does not let me go on to it. It shows the keyboard but then it goes back to the regular keyboard.

          Please Reply Back……. Thanks!


      1. Hey Gabriel,

        Could you simply follow the “How to Apply a Theme” and “How to Apply a Language” guide to enable full access?


  1. This info was quit useful. I was just concerned about an app knowing what is typed. Example, credit cards, debit cards, paying bills online which has crucial financial information that can be discovered. If it’s just full access that can do this, than I guess not using full access is the only way to go… If I supposed to want to fancy my device.

    Thanks for the reply,
    Jason Martin

      1. So the developer can read my passwords and and personal stuff all in the name of letting me have my key click? And this thing screws up if I type too fast. Here is an example other way it screws I type toofastf Up. It skips back and goosing the middle of words. Goosing?

        1. Hi Lucene,

          As I stated in the article, we’re not reading anything you type, and the requirement for full access to have key click is Apple’s stupid design. I’d rather the don’t design that way. And apologise for the goosing. We’ll keep working on this to make it better.


  2. I’ll be asking for a refund as soon as this shows up in my App Store purchases. I’ve tried it in iOS 8 on both my iPad Air and my new iPhone 6 Plus and it does not do what I specifically want to use it for: creating my own themes. I was finally – on the iPad only – able to customize 1 theme. I cannot make any more. You definitely need to allow full access first to do even this much. Then instructions say you can choose an Official or make a Custom theme. There is no way to create a Custom theme without first choosing an Official one and then tweaking it. There are not a lot of tweaks possible and I’ve found NO way to create any more. The Official themes are also dreadful. The app in the store implies there are many themes to choose from. THERE ARE NOT. Cannot wait to get my $$ back even if it is only $.99.

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      1. Yes it works for all iOS devices. But for Android, they’re always slow in supporting new features. I hope they get the fonts supported soon.

  5. “If you disable Full Access for a third party keyboard, and then re-enable it, the keyboard’s developer may be able to access, collect and transmit what was typed while the network access was disabled.”

    This is part of Apple’s disclaimer about third party keyboards and privacy terms and conditions

  6. “If you disable Full Access for a third party keyboard, and then re-enable it, the keyboard’s developer may be able to access, collect and transmit what was typed while the network access was disabled.”

    This is part of Apple’s disclaimer about third party keyboards and privacy terms and conditions.

    1. Hi Paul, I take it you’re one of the the lead developers of FancyKey. The only reason I’m requesting this here is because that’s the only way I can. I love the new Forum and I want to make suggestions, but I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account. Can you and your amazing team make it so you can log in with an email? I would very much appreciate that.

      1. Dear Lindsay,

        Thanks so much for commenting here. Yes we will make it possible to log in with Email in next version. Stay tuned.


  7. Dear sir,
    I have seen your fancykey app and that was so amazing but the problen is that i can’t use it in my phone cos I’m having a android phone, im requeated u to please generate that app for android also.
    And we all thanks full to u.

    Thanks sir

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    1. Hi Kyause,

      Simply quit iMessage and try again. It should work. This is due to some bugs of Apple System. I believe they’re fixing it.

  9. I don’t understand how to create or set the font style so it’s what is displayed on the receiving end?? Can someone please help?? This feature was the only reason I bought this app

  10. Hello Paul, thank you for making it so easy to get questions to our answers. Also the ability to be patient enough to answer them over & again I’ve noticed!! Seriously though, my daughter has been using this app & wNted me to try it, so I decided to research it a bit & see what it all about, and like I’ve said?… You’ve done a wonderful job making it not scary & very easy to understand, thanks again! I’ll be trying it out to be able to text with my daughter and have fun!

    Hillary White

    1. Wow I mean answers to our questions!!!! No I’m not a mom & tired 24 hours a day!! What a nerd mistake to make!!!!


    2. Dear Hillary,

      Thanks for finally someone like you that understands us. Feel free to let your kid to use the keyboard, it’s absolutely safe.


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  12. Hey! So for, FancyKeys is the best app out there, but I’m having one small problem. I can only make one custom keypad. It gives me an option to make more, but it does no give me the option to save it. Is this a bug?
    Im also using an iPhone, if that makes any difference.

    1. You should be able to make at least 3 themes. Could you update to the latest version on the App Store and try again?

  13. Hello! I’m considering downloading the app, but I have a question. If I allow full access for only a few minutes (to download a theme) and then turn it off again, will any of my information be stored from the mintues that I granted full access? Will my information actually be secure again? Thank you.

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