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How do I type in three different languages with three different layouts in SwiftKey?

20th August 2014

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s installment of SwiftKey Keyboard Tips & Tricks! While this feature works the same for iOS and Android, only Android allows typing in three different languages. So this post is going to focus on Android only.

When using SwiftKey Keyboard on your Android device, you have the ability to type in up to three languages simultaneously, which is ideal for multilingual users. Just like how SwiftKey works with one language, the keyboard will learn how you type in each additional language and predict and autocomplete your typing.

If you’d like, you also have the option to change the layout of the keyboard to match the language you’re using.

Some languages have a different, localized layout because they include characters specific only to that language. To access this feature, just follow these easy steps:

1. Go into SwiftKey Settings

2. Click ‘Language’

3. Tap the icon that has the current layout style listed (e.g QWERTY)

4. Tap the layout of your choice

As long as one of the languages installed has a different layout than the other, you can just swipe the spacebar to switch to the different layouts.


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Note: not every language we support currently has a localized layout, but we’re working on adding more of these in. Keep an eye out for future updates!

What do you think about being able to type in multiple languages at once? Have you used it yet? Let us know on Twitter!

Do you have suggestions for other Tips & Tricks you’d like to see or know more about? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. And in case you missed it last week: How do I access my emoji faster?

To download SwiftKey Keyboard for free, head to Google Play for Android or the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, and don’t forget to keep an eye on SwiftKey Greenhouse for more innovative projects!

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Ryan & the Community Team


12 responses to “How do I type in three different languages with three different layouts in SwiftKey?”

  1. luc van herreweghe says:

    I normally use 3 languages (Dutch, English, French), i Always typing in ‘azerty’ keyboard.
    If i change from Dutch to French … do i need to change some settings ?

    • Jerome says:

      No you don’t. I type in English (UK)/French (FR)/German (DE) and I don’t change the layout to AZERTY when I type in French. That’s what I love about Fleksy. It will even autodetect accents for you!

  2. Velibor Vidić says:

    Hey Swiftkey, what about Serbian cyrillic script? You know, Serbian language is one of few world languages that uses two official scripts: cyrillic (primary) and latin. You only have support for latin. Please, make Serbian cyrillic script available!

  3. Redglyph says:

    Yes, unfortunately it’s not really working, when the layouts are the same you can’t choose between languages from the keyboard (reported as a bug, hopefully you’ll fix this soon).
    I do hope the language selection adds weight to the word selection algorithm, I’ve come to realize that SwiftKey would end up giving me English words when I was trying to write a French, not-so-rare, one.

    • Josh, SwiftKey Community Team says:

      @Redglyph:disqus Thanks for raising this for us. Please do contact us at by tapping “contact support” to report the experience if you’ve not done so already 🙂

  4. Bharath says:

    Hello, I love this keyboard alot, but 1 drawback is that the different languages that is available in this keyboard is not satisfying me. Because, i use to type “Tamil” language alot and currently “Tamil” language is yet to added to this keyboard :(. If you guys add this language soon, then am sure you will be able to have a huge number of downloads from south india 🙂 and you guys deserve it!! Please, i would like to hear if you guys are already working on this language!! Thanks in Advance.

  5. Coiffure Extase says:

    Is there is the way to put more then 3 languages? I do use 6 but can set only 3. Thanks

  6. Mario Qervo says:

    Hey, i love the app and i love the fact that somehow, swiftkey tries to identify automatically the language i’m about to type, but sometimes when i want to write in spanish and i get french things get messy and prediction keeps changing what i want to say from spanish to french. There is no button allowing me to change language prediction. So… how are we going to fix this.

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