Customize your keyboard
Unlike physical keyboards, you can change the format of a software keyboard, including the dictionary used for auto-correction, the number of letters, and the arrangement of the keys (for languages with alternative keyboard layouts).
You can select different keyboards from Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.
iOS also allows you to choose hardware keyboard layouts to match the keys on your physical keyboard.
You can arrange the keys by tapping the language from Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.
Change the language
If more than one keyboard is on, you can change the language while typing with two methods:
- Tap the Next Keyboard key to choose the next language. The chosen language shows on the Space bar.
- Touch and hold to display a menu of the enabled keyboards.
- Drag to choose a new keyboard.
In iOS 6 and later, the language of the keyboard determines the language of the dictionary, if one is available for the language. To get the definition of a word, select the word and tap Define (if it's available).