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How to Add & Change Keyboard Language in iOS 8

Last updated: October 6, 2014 at 22:57 pm

If you would like to reply to messages in your native language, then your decision to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8 is just perfect. Apple has added support for 40+ local languages (including Hindi), new keyboard layouts, support for custom keyboards, and innovative features like Predictive Text (it suggests you the next input word based on the message and your typing behavior).

Now, if you would like to switch between keyboards or type in a language you prefer — say Chinese — then all you need to do is press the “globe” () or “emoji” button on your default keyboard.

Give it a try: go to the Message app, launch the keyboard and look for the button right to the 123 button. You see it? That’s great.

emoji-keyboard

After pressing this button for about a second, you will get an option to change the keyboard. If you don’t see any button, then you need to configure keyboard settings.

emoji-keyboard-example

And in this beginner’s tutorial, we will explain you how to do just that. First, we will add a new keyboard to your Apple device, and then we will select this keyboard using the “globe” or “emoji” button. It is really easy, and here are the steps to follow:

Step 1 of 2: Add A New Language To Your iOS Keyboard

Go to Settings

settings-menu

Select General -> Keyboard

keyboard-settings

Select Keyboards. Note the number next to the “Keyboard” which indicates the number of keyboards active on your iPhone or iPad. From the screenshot below, we have only one active keyboard (the default English language keyboard).

keyboards-ios8

Tap on  “Add New Keyboard…”

adding-new-keyboard-example

Select the keyboard language you want from the list. Just tap on it once to add the keyboard.

adding-new-keyboard

In our case, we will select “emoji” keyboard.

keyboard-language-setup

If we go back to the Keyboards settings, you will notice we have added two keyboards – one is the default and the other is the newly added emoji keyboard.

new-keyboards

Step 2 of 2: Change iOS Keyboard To Your Preferred Language

Switching from default to a new keyboard is easy. All you have to do is open any application that requires the use of keyboard (Facebook, WhatsApp, iMessage) and press the “globe” icon or the “emoji” icon.

emoji-keyboard

A menu pops up, listing various options – from enabling and disabling Predictive Text to changing the language of your keyboard. Here are a few examples:

Emoji keyboard added to existing iOS keyboard:

emoji-keyboard-example

ios-emoji-keyboard

Chinese (simplified) language added to existing iOS keyboard:

iOS-Chinese-Keyboard

chinese-keyboard-example

Multiple languages added to existing iOS keyboard:

multiple-keyboard-language

Tip: You can also change the keyboard layout – QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTY. This, however, depends on the kind of language you are selecting.

Note: Articles written at iOS8release.com 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
  • Jordan

    Or you can just change the device language to whichever you’d like to add, then back again. For some reason it will by default add this language to your keyboard. This was really helpful in removing the extra language, so I’ve got my emoji shortcut back to one simple button press again.

  • Joseph

    That was really useful
    I was adding a new language but was not adding in keyboard section, so, it wasn’t showing up
    Now it’s working just fine
    Thank you