How to Type in Two Languages on iPhone

Here is a guide on how to type in two or more languages on your iPhone in iOS 10.

In today’s amazing multilingual societies, many iPhone users will find themselves needing to converse via Messages or Mail in multiple languages. There are always ways to translate our words using third-party apps or Google Translate, yet Apple has been quick to support as many languages as possible in all functionalities of their phone.

The settings to enable multiple languages for your keyboard are very flexible and allow for additional languages to the user’s content. They are also very customizable at a few taps of some options so there should be no issues adjusting your keyboard to your desired behavior.

How to Type in Two Languages on iPhone

Here are the steps to enable multiple languages for typing on your iPhone.

Watch the above video to learn how to quickly enable multiple languages for your keyboard.

Enable Multiple Languages

The first step is to navigate to the Settings app and then General and then finally Keyboard. You will notice the amount of keyboards currently being use at the top of the screen, with multiple options below for further customizations.


Tapping the keyboards tab will open the menu for adding additional keyboards. You will see what you are currently using, often the default English keyboard and maybe an Emoji board. Tapping Add New Keyboard will allow you to add additional languages to type with.

Depending on the language you are looking for, Apple should have support for the majority of all major dialects and even some more obscure so scroll until you find your desired language. By adding a keyboard to your list, you will be able to utilize the full keyboard within any app that lets you type.

Typing in Multiple Languages

Now that we have enabled additional keyboard options for you to use, you can navigate to any app that you plan to type in. For example if you are using Messages and want to change the keyboard, you will tap and hold on the World icon.

Holding and scrolling will reveal all of your available and active keyboards. If you enabled Spanish for example, you will see this appear as a selectable option. Lifting your tap on your selected keyboard will now switch to type in that language.

When you are finished typing in your different language and want to switch back, you repeat the same behavior of tapping and dragging until you select the language you want. This is a very quick gesture in order to change typing languages and doesn’t require leaving your current app once you have this language enabled in settings.


Using multiple languages from once device gives iPhone users the ability to communicate across the globe and keep in touch with friends and family without having to translate or access another app. This is a great testament to Apple’s desire for better world communication and using the iPhone as a device to help achieve that.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit. 

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.



  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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