Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Change Keyboard Language Easily type in different languages By Andy Wolber Freelance Contributor Andy Wolber is a former Lifewire writer who has been writing about technology for 15+ years. His focus is G Suite, iOS, and nonprofit sector apps. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Andy Wolber Updated January 09, 2020 Accessories & Hardware Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email If you're multilingual, a single language keyboard probably won't cut it for you. Fortunately, Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS all support multiple languages and multiple language keyboards. Here's how to change the keyboard language and how to switch back-and-forth between languages and keyboards. The instructions in this article apply to all modern Android and iOS devices, as well as both Windows and Mac computers. How to Add a Language to a Keyboard on Android Different versions of Android from different manufacturers may place options in slightly different places, but the general process will be similar. These instructions were developed with a device running Android 9 with the Gboard keyboard installed. Tap Settings > System > Languages & input. Tap Languages. Tap + Add a language. Either scroll to the name of the language you want to add or search for it. Tap the language you want to add. In some cases, you may be prompted to tap to select the version of the language you wish to add. For example, you may choose between French as used in either Canada or France. Change to a Different Language Keyboard on Android Once you have enabled other languages on your Android keyboard, it's easy to switch between those keyboards, depending on your needs. Simply long-press the spacebar in Gboard, then tap the language keyboard you want to use. How to Add and Switch Language Keyboards on iOS Follow these instructions on any iOS device running iOS 12 (or newer) to add keyboard support for additional languages. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards. Tap Add New Keyboard… Choose the language you wish to add from the displayed list. Once you've enabled other languages, you can easily switch between installed keyboards on iOS. Just long-press the globe icon in the iOS keyboard area, then tap the language you want to use. How to Add and Use Different Language Keyboards on Windows Follow these instructions on any Windows system running Windows 10 to add keyboard support for additional languages. Press the Windows Key+I to open Windows Settings. Select Time & language. Select Region & language. Select + Add a language. Select a language from the list displayed to add it. Once you've added the languages you want to use, switching between language keyboards on Windows is easy. Just select the language icon in the system tray (in the lower right portion of the screen) and choose the one you want to use. How to Add and Use Language Keyboards on macOS Follow these instructions on Apple systems running macOS X to add keyboard support for additional languages. Select the Apple menu > System preferences. Select Keyboard. Select Input sources. Check the box next to Show Input menu in the menu bar. This adds an indicator to the menu bar that displays the current keyboard language selected, along with a drop-down to let you switch to other installed languages. Select the + icon in the lower left, below the list of languages). Choose a language from the list displayed to add it. Much like Windows, when you're ready to switch between installed language keyboards on macOS, it's a simple process. All you have to do is select the Input menu in the menu bar (typically, in the upper right area of the screen) and choose the language you would like to use. How to Add Language Keyboards on Chrome OS Follow these instructions on devices running Chrome 76 (or newer) to enable keyboard support for additional languages in Chrome OS. Select the three vertical dots typically found in the upper right corner. Select Settings. Select Advanced from the left menu. Select Languages and Input. Select the current language. Select Add languages. Either scroll to the name of the language you want to add or search for. Select Add when finished. Select the current input method keyboard. Select the Show input options on the shelf slider to enable it. Select Manage input methods. Select the checkbox next to every language keyboard you want to use. To switch the language for the installed keyboard and enabled input methods on Chrome OS devices, select the Input options from the shelf (typically in the lower right corner), then choose the language you want to use.