With iOS 10, multilingual typing with the predictive QuickType keyboard on iPhone has finally become a reality. If you are someone who uses multiple languages to express yourself or put your views more vividly, the predictive QuickType keyboard has perfectly done its homework to please you. The keyboard now lets you use multiple languages simultaneously without having to switch keyboards. Most interestingly, it's quite easy to set up and use multilingual typing in iOS 10 or later.
To get started, all you have to do is download the dictionary files of the languages and then add their keyboards. As of now, there are not too many languages that support multilingual typing on iPhone. So, before going ahead with the process, make sure to check that your language supports it.
How to Set Up and Use Multilingual Typing in iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad
Things you need to know:
- Multilingual typing supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod running iOS 10 or later.
- Currently, multilingual typing works with the languages given below:
- English (U.S.)
- English (Australia)
- English (Canada)
- English (India)
- English (Singapore)
- English (UK)
- French (France)
- French (Belgium)
- French (Canada)
- French (Switzerland)
- German (Germany)
- German (Austria)
- German (Switzerland)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Spanish (Spain)
- Spanish (Latin America)
- Spanish (Mexico)
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Chinese (English on the Chinese keyboard)
- iOS Feature Availability web page continues to get updated from time to time. So, you can keep a track of it to know which new languages or countries support a particular feature.
How to Set Up Multilingual Typing on iPhone and iPad
Download the Dictionary File of the Languages
Step #1. First off, launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.
Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Dictionary. Then, you need to select the languages which you want to use with the QuickType keyboard. Now, allow the file of the languages to be downloaded successfully.
Add Keyboards in the Languages You Have Downloaded
Step #3. Go back to Settings → General.
Step #4. Tap on Keyboard → Keyboards.
Step #5. Tap on Add New Keyboard. Then, add the keyboards you have downloaded. You need to select the keyboards listed under Other iPhone Keyboards.
Note: You have the option to change how the keyboards appear in the popup menu. To do so, tap on Edit button at the top right corner. Then, touch and hold on the rearrange button and then drag it at the right place. Then, make sure to tap on Done button at the top right corner to confirm.
How to Use Multilingual Typing on iPhone and iPad
Now, you can use the multilingual typing on your iOS device. Simply bring up the QuickType keyboard as usual and start typing.
The keyboard will offer the next word suggestions as per what you are typing. Hence, you won't have to switch to other keyboards.
(To switch the keyboard, simply touch and hold on the Globe button and then select your preferred language from the popup.)
There is also a way to change the order of the next word suggestions. For example, you can make the keyboard suggest French language ahead of English.
To do so,
Step #1. Open Settings app → General.
Step #2. Tap on Language & Region.
Step #3. Tap on Edit button at the top right corner.
Now, touch and hold on the rearrange button and then drag it at the top. Tap on Done at the top right corner.
You will have to tap on Continue at the bottom. Now, French will be used as your iPhone language. (If you ever want to change your iPhone language, follow the same steps and drag English at the top, tap on Done followed by Continue.)
There are a number of third-party keyboard apps which can give QuickType keyboard a long run for its own money. Do check out these best custom keyboards to make typing an absolute delight on your iOS device. The folks who are new to the iOS ecosystem, they may want to know how to Enable and Use QuickType in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad.
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