How to Change the Keyboard Layout on iPhone and iPad

The iPhone/iPad ships with an English (U.S) layout by default. While this fits for most of us, many countries have different keyboard layouts with different scripts.

The iPhone supports many keyboard layouts to make it easy for you to type in your native language. Within each language, you can also change the hardware keyboard layout (besides QWERTY, AZERTY, etc.)

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In this short tutorial, you’ll learn how to change the keyboard layout, change the dictionary and reset the dictionary on the iPhone/iPad.

How to Change the Keyboard Layout on iPhone and iPad

In order to change the keyboard layout, you have to do this:

Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on General.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Keyboard → Tap on “Keyboards.”

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Step #3. Now, tap on Add New Keyboard…

Step #4. From the list, select the keyboard you want to add.

You can also tap on Edit on top-right and remove or move the keyboard order.

To access the newly added keyboard, you have to tap the globe icon on the keyboard. This cycles through all the keyboards you have enabled.

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To Add iPhone Dictionary

On the iPhone, the default dictionary is English, and there is no direct method to add an iPhone dictionary via the General settings. You have to do a workaround:

Add the keyboard layout as mentioned before.

Step #1. Now, open Notes and change the keyboard layout to the language of that you want to get a dictionary of → Next, type a word and then select it.

Step #2. From the Copy, Cut dialog, tap on the right arrow and press on Define.

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Step #3. The iPhone will ask if you would like to download the dictionary. Press Download and make sure you are connected to a Wi-fi network.

That’s it!

In order to reset a dictionary as it becomes cluttered with a lot of words, you can just head to General → Reset and tap on Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

Tha’s all!

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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