How to Add the Pinyin Chinese Keyboard on an iPhone

Your iPhone comes with a variety of different keyboards on it that you can use if you want to type in another language, or if you want to use the characters from another language.

But these keyboards are not available or activated by default, so you need to go through the process of installing them if you would like to use them in apps like Mail or Messages.

One of the available keyboards lets you add Chinese characters to the content you type. Our guide below will show you how to add this Chinese keyboard iPhone utility so that you can start typing in Chinese instead of any other languages that are currently available to you on the device.

How to Enable the Chinese Keyboard iPhone Option

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Select Keyboard.
  4. Touch Keyboards.
  5. Tap Add New Keyboard.
  6. Select the Chinese option.
  7. Choose the Chinese keyboard version.
  8. Tap Done.

Our guide continues below with additional information about how to use the Chinese keyboard iPhone setting, including pictures of these steps.

The iPhone comes pre-installed with a number of different keyboard options. Many of the most commonly used languages in the world are included among the default keyboards, and the Chinese Pinyin keyboard is among these options.

Adding the Pinyin keyboard will not require you to purchase or install anything additional, and can actually be added to the iPhone keyboard with just a few simple steps. So follow our guide below to add the keyboard and start using it right now.

Adding a Chinese Keyboard to an iPhone in iOS 8 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. Steps may vary slightly for other versions of iOS, but are very similar.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

select the general option

Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.

open the keyboard menu

Step 4: Touch the Keyboards button at the top of the screen.

tap the keyboards button

Step 5: Tap the Add New Keyboard button at the middle of the screen.

touch the add new keyboard button

Step 6: Scroll down and select the Chinese (Simplified) option.

select the chinese (simplified) option

Step 7: Select whichever of the different options you prefer, then tap the Done button at the top-right corner of the screen.

I am selecting the Pinyin – QWERTY option in the image below.

select the keyboard style

This completes the process of adding the Chinese keyboard iPhone option, so you will be able to start typing in various apps on your iPhone using the Chinese characters offered by this keyboard.

Now when you open up an app that uses the keyboard, such as Messages, there will be a globe icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

touch and hold the globe icon

Tap and hold the globe button, then select the Chinese keyboard option to switch to it. This will remain the active keyboard until you switch back to another keyboard that you have installed

select the chinese option

This same method can be used to add other keyboards as well. For example, many people eventually decide to have the emoji keyboard on their iPhone so they can send smiley faces and other similar types of icons. If you decide later that you no longer wish to have one of the keyboards that you have added, this guide will show you how you can delete it.

Would you like to have word suggestions displayed above your keyboard? Learn how to turn them on with this article.

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