Type in a different language

You can change your keyboard language without changing your mobile device's language.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 7.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Add a language

When you change languages with Gboard, your Android device's language settings aren't affected.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, install Gboard.
  2. Open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  3. Tap where you can enter text.
  4. At the top of your keyboard, tap Open features menu Open features menu.
  5. Tap More More and then Settings Settings.
  6. Tap Languages and then Add keyboard.
  7. Pick the language you want to turn on.
  8. Pick the layout you want to use.
  9. Tap Done.

Switch between languages

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. At the bottom of your keyboard, touch and hold Globe Globe.
  4. Tap the language you want to use.

Customize your keyboard layout

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input.
  3. Under "Keyboard & inputs," tap Virtual keyboard.
  4. Tap Gboard and then Languages.
  5. Pick a language.
  6. Turn on the layout you want to use.
  7. Tap Done.
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