If you have an iPhone or an iPad that uses English as its default language, for example, then the default keyboard is probably also set to English. However, you might prefer to use a keyboard designed for another language when you communicate using text messages. Or maybe you need a different keyboard input language only in some situations, like when you are texting a friend who speaks Spanish. Whatever your reasons are, in this guide we show you how to install a new keyboard input language on your iPhone or iPad, and also how to switch between the installed keyboard input languages:
NOTE: This guide applies to iOS 11.2.6, and it was created using an iPhone SE. If you are using a different version of iOS, an iPad or a different iPhone model, our screenshots might be slightly different from what you see on your screen, but the steps involved are similar.
How to install a new keyboard input language in iOS
The first step you have to make is to open the Settings on your device.
On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap the General entry, when you find it.
On the General page, tap on Keyboard.
On the Keyboards page, there is an entry that is also called Keyboards. Note that, on its right side, you should see a greyed number: it tells you the number of keyboard input languages that are already installed on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on Keyboards to continue.
On the next page, iOS tells you what keyboard input languages are installed on your iPhone or iPad. To install a new one, tap the “Add New Keyboard” link.
Then, you should see a long list of all the keyboards available to install.
Scroll until you find the one that you want to use and tap on it.
After you tap on the keyboard input language that you want to use, iOS goes back to the Keyboards screen, where the new keyboard is shown as available now.
How to select the layout for the keyboard
If there are more layouts available for that keyboard, you should also see a small arrow on its right side. Tap on it.
Now you can choose the layout you prefer for this keyboard. Tap the one you prefer, and a small check mark should be displayed on its right side.
How to switch between different keyboards on an iPhone or iPad
It does not matter in which app you are entering the text. It can be a web browser, Facebook Messenger, Whatspapp, another chat application, a text editor or anything else. Anywhere you are, when you are entering text, and the keyboard is displayed on your screen, you should see a small Planet (Globe) icon on the bottom-left. See it highlighted below:
While typing text, if you tap once on the Planet button, the next keyboard from the list of installed keyboards is loaded. Note that the space bar key should also change and say the word space in the new input language that you selected.
Another method to switch the keyboard input language is to tap and hold on the Planet key. Long tapping on it triggers the display of a contextual menu that shows all the installed keyboards. Tap the language you want to use, and it should load immediately.
How to remove a keyboard input language from an iPhone or iPad
To uninstall a keyboard input language from an iPhone or iPad, you must follow the same steps from the first section of this guide, right until you get to the Keyboards page. Once you get there, tap on the Edit button from the top-right corner of the screen.
Then, tap on the red minus button found on the left side of the keyboard that you want to remove.
This should give you access to a new option called Delete, also displayed in red, on the right side of that keyboard. Tap on it, and the keyboard is removed immediately from your iPhone or iPad.
This is all!
Now you know how to install, switch and uninstall keyboard input languages on an iPhone or iPad. As you have seen, these tasks are not complicated to perform. Do you have questions about any part of the process? If you do, or if you have something to add to our guide, use the comments section below to let us know.