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.

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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.

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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.

What’s New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

The iOS 11.4 update added Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2, but it also brought issues along with it. The iOS 11.4.1 update keeps these long anticipated features and includes fixes for some iOS 11.4 problems. 

Specifically the iOS 11.4.1 update;

  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in Find My iPhone. 
  • Improves reliability of syncing mail, contacts and notes with Exchange accounts.  

This update also includes other bug fixes and security upgrades. It's possible that this update includes a fix for bad iOS 11.4 battery life. 

Messages in the Cloud allows you to backup your iMessage conversations to the cloud just like you back up your notes, contacts and photos. This means they are backed up in case something happens to your phone, but that's not all. 

Messages in the Cloud syncs deleted messages and threads across your iCloud devices. This means everything will show up the same across your Apple devices. With this in place you should see the same conversations everywhere, all of the time. 

This also backs up the photos and attachments in the cloud so you have more room on your iPhone or iPad. When you get a new device all of the messages sync to that device so you don't lose anything. 

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