iOS: Using international keyboards
iOS supports multiple languages and dialects, offering international keyboards and dictionaries. You can use the keyboards in all apps, and you can change between multiple international keyboards.
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).