There are a few options for Chinese Input on Android phones and tablets, including Android’s native input methods. However, the most popular method is to download the official Google Pinyin Input app.
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Adding Chinese pinyin input methods on Android
To enable Chinese pinyin input on your Android phone / tablet, start by downloading the Google Pinyin Input app.
Once downloaded, open Settings and tap Language & keyboard. Finally, under Keyboard and input methods, make sure that Google Pinyin Input is turned On.
After completing these steps, you’re all ready to start typing Chinese on your Android phone / tablet!
Switching between input methods
How you actually change input modes varies a little by device.
For example, on HTC devices running Jelly Bean, you can access your android pinyin method from the notifications drop down window (shown below on the left).
However, on many other Android devices you will have a #12 key or “Globe” key next to the space bar that allows you to switch to Chinese Pinyin and other input methods (shown below on the right).
Either way, you will be provided with a short tutorial the first time you select the Chinese Pinyin / Google Pinyin Input method that will walk you through a few more details.
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