Keyboard switching screen shown on iPhone with new language
Khamosh Pathak

Your iPhone or iPad usually comes pre-loaded with your keyboard set to your regional language. But if you can’t find it, or you want to add a new keyboard language, here’s how you can change the keyboard on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Add a New Keyboard Language to iPhone or iPad

Let’s start by adding a new language keyboard to your iPhone or iPad.

Open the “Settings” app and then go to the “General” section.

Tap on General from the Settings app on iPhone

Here, select the “Keyboard” option.

Select the Keyboards option in Settings app

Now, tap the “Keyboards” button.

Tap the Keyboards option

You’ll see a list of all available keyboards. Here, tap the “Add New Keyboard” option.

Tap Add New Keyboard

Browse through the list of available keyboards and tap the language you want to add.

Choose a new language to add

You’ll now see it in the Keyboards list. If you want to reorder the list or remove a language from the list, tap the “Edit” button in the top-right corner.

Tap the Edit button in the Keyboards section

Tap and drag the Handle icon next to a keyboard to reorder it.

Use the Handle to reorder keyboards

If you want to delete a keyboard, tap the Minus (-) button and then tap “Delete.”

Tap the Delete button to remove a language

How to Switch Between Keyboards on iPhone and iPad

Now that the new language keyboard has been added to your iPhone or iPad, let’s switch to it. Go to a text input page and then tap a text box to bring up the keyboard.

Tap and hold the Globe icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. (If you’re using an older iPhone with a Home button or an iPad, the Globe icon will show up in the last row of the keyboard.)

Tap and hold the globe icon from the keyboard

You’ll now see a list of all available keyboards. Spot the newly added language keyboard and then tap it to switch languages.

Choose the new language from the list

You can also quickly cycle through all the available keyboards by tapping the Globe icon.

All that’s left is to start typing with the new keyboard language!

Type away on the new language keyboard


If you’re running iOS 13 or higher on your iPhone, try the new swipe keyboard feature to type faster with one hand.

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Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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