How to Type in Multiple Languages at Once on Android

Ben Stegner 21-11-2016

Smartphone keyboards have come a long way. While we once had to peck out every letter to type, today’s keyboard apps have multi-word predictions and are totally customizable. Those learning a different language know that using a variety How I Finally Learned a Different Language. And You Can Too. No single language learning app is the magic wand. The secret to learning a new language is a blended solution. With desire and motivation you too can learn any foreign language. Read More of helpful apps is the best way to learn. Unfortunately, autocorrect causes problems when you try to type Spanish words in English, for instance.


While the stock Google keyboard is great How to Get the Stock Android Experience on Any Phone You can get the stock Android experience on almost any Android phone with these apps, including a stock Android launcher and more. Read More , there are many alternative Android keyboards with expansive feature sets. If you need to type in more than one language, SwiftKey is the keyboard app for you.

After downloading the app, open it on your device and tap Languages. You’ll obviously have your primary language listed here, but can scroll down and tap any of the dozens of other languages to download them. Once you’ve done this, you’re now set to type in multiple languages!

SwiftKey is smart enough to auto-correct words in either language, so you can actually switch languages within a sentence. Thus, typing something like I like hablar about deportes y comida is no problem for SwiftKey. Once you’ve enabled a second language, non-English characters also become available on the keyboard. Holding e, for example, lets you easily type an accented character.

To turn off a new language for a bit, you can disable it in the Languages menu to prevent it from appearing. Language experts will be amazed to know that SwiftKey actually supports typing in up to five languages at once on Android. Those using SwiftKey on iOS are limited to two languages for now.

This and other features make SwiftKey one of the best keyboard apps for Android What Is the Best Alternative Keyboard for Android? We take a look at some of the best keyboards in the Play Store and put them to the test. Read More , and it’s completely free!


Will you use the ability to type in multiple languages at once? If you’re learning a language and find this feature useful, let us know what you’re learning in the comments!

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  1. MikeVertx
    December 7, 2016 at 3:54 am

    the title was deceiving... If there is an app (like google translate) that allows you to type in say english as a main language and translate what you just wrote in say spanish as a second language that would be amazing and tremendously helpful in learning what you need to say.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I'm sorry that the title was misleading. I think what you're looking for was described in a separate post, which details how to use Google Translate to make instant translations!


      • MikeVertx
        December 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        Thanks Ben! That link is as close to what I'm looking for as possible and is a terrific solution, much appreciated!

        • Ben Stegner
          December 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

          So glad it helps you! I use it myself for Spanish :)