One of the great advantages of having a modern smartphone like the iPhone is that you have a huge screen that can become anything you need at the moment you need it. And nowhere is this more obvious than when it comes to the virtual keyboard.
The virtual keyboard of the iPhone can completely adapt and change depending on the application that is running and on what needs to be written on the screen. Two excellent examples of this are the Numbers and Chrome applications for iPhone (both pictured below), which use keyboard layouts different from the traditional ones in order to make input fast and better overall.
Now, while the keyboard on your iPhone usually comes ready to write in English, it can also be changed to write in almost any other language, including those with complex characters like Japanese and Chinese. What is even more, you can even add an Emoji keyboard to your iPhone, which will allow you to introduce all series of funny faces and symbols into emails, messages and more.
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Let’s take a look at how to add more keyboards – including the popular Emoji keyboard – to your iPhone and more importantly, let’s see how you can access all of these keyboards with just one tap.
Note: This tutorial also works on the iPad and iPod Touch.
Adding Keyboards to Your iPhone
Step 1: From your iPhone’s Home screen go to Settings >General >Keyboard.
Step 2: On this screen you will be able to adjust many of your keyboard’s settings, including the option to add keyboards. To do this, tap on “Keyboards”. On the next screen you will see the keyboards that are currently active on your iPhone. To add another, tap on “Add New Keyboard…”
Step 3: From the list of languages that shows up on this next screen, tap on the ones that you would like to have a keyboard for. Repeat the process for each keyboard that you would like to add.
Step 4: When you go back to the Keyboards screen you will see that your new keyboards have been added.
Step 5: Now, to change from one keyboard to the next, whenever the virtual keyboard pops up, tap and hold on the “World Globe” symbol. This will display all your available keyboards at once. All you have to do is simply slide your finger and select the one you want to use.
Tip: Just tapping on the “World Globe” symbol will change your keyboard to the next one available on the list.
There you have it. Now you can type in different languages and even introduce funny symbols to your texts and messages. All just one tap away.