The default keyboard layout for most English keyboards is called QWERTY, which is in reference to the first five letters in the top row on the keyboard. Your iPhone will use this layout by default, and many people prefer to leave that setting, as it is the one with which they are familiar.
But you may have found that you can type more quickly with a different layout, and that you would like to be able to use that on your iPhone. Our guide below will show you how to find this setting on your device so that you can switch to one of the different keyboard layout options on your iPhone.
Switch Keyboard from QWERTY to AZERTY or QWERTZ on an iPhone
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 10. These steps are going to change the layout of your keyboard in all of the apps that use the stock device keyboard. This includes apps like Mail, Messages and Notes. If you find that you do not like the different keyboard layout, you can always return to the least menu in the steps below and restore the setting to the default QWERTY option.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Keyboard button.
Step 4: Touch the Keyboards button at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Select the English option.
Step 6: Choose the type of keyboard layout that you would like to use.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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