One of my favorite things about my iPhone is how easy it is to configure the keyboard for Chinese input without installing any apps. Follow these steps to add Chinese pinyin input in minutes (or less)!
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Adding Chinese pinyin input methods on iPhone
To enable Chinese pinyin or other input methods on your iPhone, first navigate to the Settings App.
From there, find and tap the Keyboard row. Then find and tap Keyboards, followed by Add New Keyboard… and finally scroll down to and tap the input method of choice.
My suggestion is of course to select the pinyin input method as it is the fastest and most widely-used Chinese input method. However, on the iPhone I like to have the handwriting method available as well. Both Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese methods are available, so pick the one you prefer (or both).
That’s it! You can tap the Home button to exit the Settings app and start using typing (and/or writing) in Chinese!
Switching between input methods
You’ll find that the next time you use your keyboard you have a new key available to the left of the spacebar.
Tapping on this key once will switch between the available input methods. However, since I usually have several keyboards enabled on my iPhone I usually tap-and-hold this key to reveal the input selector. Once revealed, drag your finger over the desired input method and release to enable it.
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