Article ID : SX168704 / Last Modified : 21/01/2022

How do I change the writing language when entering text?

    You can write text, for example, text messages or email, using more than one language, for example, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi or Tamil. To be able to do this, you first have to add languages. Once you have added languages, you can change between them when using the keyboard. 

    Android™ 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.0, 5.1 or 6.0

    To add a writing language for text input

    1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap the 12!?, 123 or +=@ key. The keys differ depending on keyboard layout and software version.
    2. Tap the settings key, then tap Keyboard settings.
    3. Tap Writing languages and mark the relevant checkboxes.
    4. Tap OK to confirm.
    5. If needed, select layout variant and tap OK to confirm.

    Tip: From Android™ 4.2 or later, you only have to change writing languages manually when using different keyboard languages, for example to switch between Latin character input and Arab input.

    Android™ 4.1

    To add a writing language for text input

    1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap the 12!? or 123 key.
    2. Tap the settings key, then tap Keyboard settings.
    3. Tap Languages > Writing languages and mark the relevant checkboxes.
    4. To switch between languages when using the keyboard, tap the input language key, for example, the EN key (EN for English).

    Android™ 4.0

    To add a writing language for text input

    1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap the settings key. If you have selected more than one writing language, touch and hold the input language key instead, for example, the EN key (EN for English).
    2. Tap Writing languages and mark the checkbox for the languages you want to use for writing. When you have finished, press the Back key to confirm.
    3. To switch between languages, tap the input language key, for example, the EN key (EN for English).

    Android™ 2.3

    To add a writing language for text input

    1. When you enter text, tap the wrench key to open the input settings menu.
    2. Tap Writing languages and select the languages you want to use for writing.
    3. To switch between the selected writing languages, tap the globe key (a globe with a small wrench symbol above it).