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.

How to 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. To access your settings, in the bottom left of your keyboard touch and hold the comma, then drag to the right.
  4. Tap Preferences.
  5. Tap the Show language switch key.

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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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