Article ID : SX168702 / Last Modified : 01/26/2022

How do I change the writing language when entering text?

    You can write text messages or email using more than one language: 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.

    Add a writing language for text input

    • Android™ 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.0, 5.1 or 6.0
      Note: 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.
      1. When entering 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 check boxes.
      4. Tap OK to confirm.
      5. If needed, select layout variant and tap OK to confirm.
    • Android™ 4.1
      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 LanguagesWriting languages and mark the relevant check boxes.
      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
      1. Tap the settings key when entering text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad. 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
      1. Tap the wrench key to open the input settings menu when entering text.
      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).