Using an Android device to learn a new language? You may need to install a new software keyboard on your phone if the language utilizes a different alphabet or has accents that your native language does not. Fortunately, Google’s standard Gboard Keyboard Android offers a plethora of language-related keyboards; at the time of writing, it supported over 500 languages across 40 distinct writing systems. If you’ve already installed Gboard in the United States, you’re probably already using American English. However, adding one or more new keyboards and instantly switching from one language to another is not complicated. Here’s how to set up Gboard Keyboard Android and use one or more of the accessible languages.
To begin, navigate to the “Languages” page.
- One method is to start an app, such as email or chat, and then press in a text-entry area to bring up the keyboard.
- Just above the keyboard, tap the settings icon (it looks like a gear). If the toolbar isn’t visible, click the arrow on the left just above the keyboard to bring it up.
- Choose “Languages.”
You can also access the page from the main settings menu on your Android device. From the configurations:
- Click “System.”
- Select “Languages & Input” > “Languages & Input” > “Languages “Gboard” > “Languages” > “On-screen keyboard.”
You can add a new language once you’ve reached the “Languages” page:
- At the bottom of the page, select “Add keyboard.”
- Select the language you wish to add by scrolling down and tapping it. (Because it’s a large list, you might want to use the search icon at the top right of the screen to save time.) If you’ve recently used a language-learning or language-related app, the one you desire might already be at the top of the list under “Suggested languages.”
- You may be able to select from a list of many types of keyboards on top of the screen based on the language. (You might be able to choose between a QWERTY or Dvorak keyboard, or specify handwriting settings.) The first choice is the most likely, but you can swipe across to see what else is available. The “Multilingual typing” option on the same page, under “Language settings,” allows you to choose to be offered word suggestions in more than one language as you type. (Depending on the language you’re adding, it may or may not be available.)
- When you’re done with this step of Gboard Keyboard Android, press the “Done” button. You’ll be taken back to the “Languages” page, where the new language will be displayed. Tap the left arrow at the top left corner to leave the page.
The language of the keyboard is now displayed on the space bar. (You’ll see abbreviations of both language names if you’ve activated multilingual typing.) In addition, instead of the emoji icon, there will be a globe icon to the left of the keyboard. (A long press on the comma key now brings up the emoji icon.)
Tap the globe to switch keyboards – Gboard Keyboard Android; your keyboard will switch to the next in line. You can also select a language from a pop-up menu by holding down the space bar for a long time.
If you no longer use one of your languages and want to remove it from the list, follow these steps:
- To access the “Change keyboard” menu, hold down the space bar for a long time.
- Select “Language settings” from the drop-down menu.
Swipe to the left to remove the language you no longer require.