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If you're multilingual or if you frequently just have to type foreign language words, you'll be happy to know that you can activate additional keyboards on the iPhone. Again, this is one of the advantages of having no physical keyboard. All you have to do is activate the keyboard in the language you want and you can bring it up at any time to access characters specific to that language. To do this, go to Settings, General, International, and here tap Keyboards. Here you'll see your primary keyboard language.
Tap Add New Keyboard. Select the language you want to add. Let's select French. I'll just select good old-fashioned French, and now it's added to my list. Incidentally, this is also where you can activate the Emoji keyboard, which isn't actually a language, but a keyboard for typing pictographic characters. They are similar to the emoticons you're probably familiar with, like these sideway smiley faces, but with a lot more variety. Let's activate that keyboard too, to see how it works. So now, I have three keyboards activated.
Let's switch over to the Notes app. I'll create a New Note. Now, once you've activated more than one keyboard, you'll see this Globe icon appear whenever the on-screen keyboard is brought up. Tapping it cycles through your keyboards and this is just a message that will appear the first time you add keyboards to let you know that tapping the Globe icon will cycle through the different keyboards. So with one tap, I now see the French keyboard. I'll type Cafe au lait.
To add the acute accent, I can either accept the spelling correction there or I can just tap the accent right after the letter I want to add the accent to. Notice also that my iPhone isn't trying to fix the spelling of this phrase, since I have the French keyboard activated and it therefore assumes that I intend to be typing in French. I hit Return to go down a couple of lines. Let's switch to the next keyboard we activated which was the Emoji keyboard.
So here you'll find an incredibly large collection of images and icons you can use to express yourself visually, if that's your sort of thing. There are five separate category tabs along the bottom, including a tab that collects your most recently used characters. So if I wanted to express that I was maybe just kidding about something I just wrote, I might add this silly face. Now notice also that most of these categories have over a half dozen additional screens of images, swipe horizontally to browse through them. I can choose other categories, and just tap the ones you want to use.
You'll find your most frequently used Emoji in this first tab labeled with the clock, which can be useful so you don't have to browse through all the pages to find specific images. But in my case, I'm not really an Emoji kind of user, nor do I speak French frequently enough or even capably enough to warant having the keyboard activated. So I'll return to my Settings. Now, if you just want to edit the order of your keyboards, you can tap Edit and drag them up and down to customize their order when you're cycling through them. But in this case, I'm just going to tap the Delete buttons next to French and Emoji to remove them, so I just have a single keyboard once more.
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