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How To Use International Keyboards - iPhone 5S
How To Use International Keyboards - iPhone 5S

Learn how to use International Keyboards on your iPhone 5s.

Use international keyboards

International keyboards let you type text in many different languages, including Asian languages and languages written from right to left. For a list of supported keyboards, go to Apple.

Manage keyboards. Go to Settings > General > International > Keyboards.

  • Add a keyboard: Tap Add New Keyboard, then choose a keyboard from the list. Repeat to add more keyboards.
  • Remove a keyboard: Tap Edit, tap Delete icon next to the keyboard you want to remove, then tap Delete.
  • Edit your keyboard list: Tap Edit, then drag list icon next to a keyboard to a new place in the list.

To enter text in a different language, switch keyboards.

  • Switch keyboards while typing. Touch and hold the Globe key to show all your enabled keyboards. To choose a keyboard, slide your finger to the name of the keyboard, then release. The Globe key appears only if you enable more than one keyboard.
  • You can also just tap Globe key icon. When you tap Globe key icon , the name of the newly activated keyboard appears briefly. Continue tapping to access other enabled keyboards.
  • Many keyboards provide letters, numbers, and symbols that aren't visible on the keyboard.

Enter accented letters or other characters. Touch and hold the related letter, number, or symbol, then slide to choose a variant. For example:

  • On a Thai keyboard: Choose native numbers by touching and holding the related Arabic number.
  • On a Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic keyboard: Suggested characters or candidates appear at the top of the keyboard. Tap a candidate to enter it, or swipe left to see more candidates.

Use the extended candidate list. Tap the up arrow on the right to view the full candidate list.

  • Scroll the list: Swipe up or down.
  • Return to the short list: Tap the down arrow.

When using certain Chinese or Japanese keyboards, you can create a shortcut for word and input pairs. The shortcut is added to your personal dictionary. When you type a shortcut while using a supported keyboard, the paired word or input is substituted for the shortcut.

Turn shortcuts on or off. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Shortcuts are available for:

  • Simplified Chinese: Pinyin
  • Traditional Chinese: Pinyin and Zhuyin
  • Japanese: Romaji and 50 Key