Learn how to use the built-in keyboards on your device in every app. You can switch between keyboards, select one-handed typing, use third-party keyboards, and more. You can change the settings of the built-in keyboard on your device or add languages.
How to Add a New Keyboard Language to iPhone or iPad
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Apple's iOS 7 continues to support multiple languages on the iPhone 5S and 5C for creating texts in foreign languages. Although some languages can be typed using the default English keyboard, you won't have convenient access to specialized characters or the foreign dictionary. By adding a new software keyboard, you gain quick, on-the-fly access to the foreign language keyboard and dictionary through the onscreen keyboard's International Keyboard key.
Change iPhone, iOS Keyboard Language
You can turn typing features, such as spell checking, on or off; add keyboards for writing in different languages; and change the layout of your onscreen or wireless keyboard. If you add keyboards for other languages, you can type in two languages without having to switch between keyboards. Your keyboard automatically switches between the two languages you use most often. Not available for all languages. Add a keyboard: Tap Add New Keyboard, then choose a keyboard from the list. Repeat to add more keyboards. Remove a keyboard: Tap Edit, tap next to the keyboard you want to remove, tap Delete, then tap Done. Reorder your keyboard list: Tap Edit, drag next to a keyboard to a new place in the list, then tap Done. If you add a keyboard for a different language, the corresponding language is automatically added to the Preferred Language Order list.
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