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Activate Hindi Language on iOS 8 Devices

Last updated: September 17, 2014 at 5:29 am

If you wish to use your iOS 8 device (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) in Hindi language, then here is a how-to tutorial you will enjoy. You will find out the steps required to change the language from English to Hindi, and later learn how to type in Indian languages on Apple devices.


So what do you need to use Hindi language on the iOS 8 devices?

Only two things: first, you need an Apple device that is running on iOS 8 firmware. Second, you need an iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad 2 and over, or iPod Touch 5th device.

Only these devices can run iOS 8 firmware. For more information, check out the list of the devices supporting iOS 8.

In short, you should have an Apple device running iOS 8 firmware. After this, the next step is to learn how to…

 Change to Hindi Keyboard & Hindi Language on iOS 8

We have two methods: one is to change the keyboard from English to Hindi language. Doing this will enable you to type in Hindi characters. You can then send messages, write comments on Facebook or WhatsApp in Hindi language.

Second method is to change the complete iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to one language — Hindi language, in our case. Doing this will help you read existing English text in Hindi without using any third-party translation app.

Would you like to learn how to do this? Let’s get started.

Method #1: Change Apple iOS Keyboard Settings From English To Hindi

To activate Hindi keyboard on your iOS device, you have to first enable a new keyboard. Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Go to Settings -> General
Step 2: Tap on Keyboards
Step 3: Tap Add New Keyboard
Step 4: Choose Hindi (or Tamil) from the list of languages.

Congratulations! You have successfully activated Hindi keyboard on your iOS devices.

Now, you will notice the keyboard still shows English characters. So how can you switch to Hindi? The process is simple.

From your keyboard: click on the icon that looks like a globe. This icon is visible on the bottom-left corner, next to the .?123 symbols. Here is a screenshot:


That’s it! Now you can input text in Hindi language. Initially, it requires practice but once you get used to it, you will find typing in Hindi really enjoyable! We used this method to type comments in Hindi on Facebook photos and status updates.

On iPhone, having a Hindi language really helped us to quickly have a WhatsApp conversation in local language.

As you use this Hindi international keyboard, you will notice adding new symbols is not possible. It is still limited, in many ways, but this is the only keyboard we have right now.

Method #2: Change Overall Language to Hindi on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Here’s what we did in the first method: we changed the keyboard language from English to Hindi. This means that the text you read is still in English language, but what you write is in Hindi. However, is there a way to change the language option to Hindi permanently?

For example, here is an iPhone with Hindi as a default language:


So how can you set Hindi as a default language on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch? Just remember that you should have an iPhone 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad 2 and over, or iPod Touch 5G device running iOS 8 firmware. Yes? Good.

Now, follow these steps for setting Hindi as a default language:

Step 1: Go to Settings -> General
Step 2: Tap on International
Step 3: Select Language
Step 4: Choose Hindi from the list of languages

That’s it! Tap on Done for the changes to take place. This should take a couple of minutes. And there you have the Hindi language everywhere on your screen!


Using the first method you will be able to type in Hindi, while the second method teaches you to convert language from English to Hindi. You will also note that Tamil, Marathi, Sanskrit keyboard is available. So make maximum use of your regional language while browsing through the Apple iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet.

You can also go back to the default English language settings, if you are not familiar with the regional Indian language.

When we activated Chinese language by accident (we don’t understand Chinese), we knew the exact steps and quickly changed back to English in the language settings. It’s fun, and easy! So give it a try, and let us know if you have any questions.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware