How to Choose an International Keyboard for Your iPad mini

Multilingual and international iPad mini owners can find and choose a virtual keyboard that isn't American English. You can access different Chinese, French, and English options too.

Keep the following in mind as you select an international keyboard:

  • To find a keyboard that isn't customized for Americanized English, tap Settings→General→International→Keyboards. Select any keyboard.

    Within Settings, you can choose software and hardware keyboard layouts.

  • Select as many international keyboards as you need by tapping the language in the list.

    When you're in an app that requires typing, tap the International Keyboard button sandwiched between the .?123 key and spacebar (or microphone key if Dictation/Siri is on) until the keyboard you want shows up. Tap again to pick the next keyboard that you turned on in Settings. If you keep tapping, you come back to your original English keyboard.

  • To remove a keyboard that you've added to your list, tap the Edit button in the upper-right corner of the screen. Then tap the red circle with the white horizontal line that appears next to the language to which you want to say adios.

  • On Chinese keyboards, you can use handwriting character recognition for simplified and traditional Chinese. Just drag your finger in the box provided.

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