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How to add foreign language keyboards on an iPhone

The iPhone and iPodTouch come standard with keyboards (and fonts and IMEs) for numerous languages – indeed, full multi-language support. The keyboards only need to be activated by the user – no downloads and no installation required.

The languages include English, English (UK), Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, French (Canadian), Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugul), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified) an Chinese (Traditional). Furthermore the Japanese and two Chinese keyboards include support for various input methods, including handwriting recognition for kanji and hanzi. Moreover the Korean keyboard has the standard Korean input system.

Activating the keyboards is straight forward. Tap the “Settings” icon

 

and then select “General”.

 

Then scroll down and select “Keyboard”

 

and then “International Keyboards”.

 

There you will see the long list of languages available — simply flicking the toggle to “ON” will activate the keyboard.

 

You can activate as many as you like.

Now that more than one language keyboard has been activated you will see a small globe key on all keyboards.

 

Simply tap the globe key to toggle between all the installed keyboards. Simple, elegant and clever.