When you are configuring your new iPhone and you select a language, the keyboard for that language is automatically added to the device.
It’s possible, however, that you like to type in additional languages on your devices, and that you need more options or certain keys when you type.
Fortunately, our guide below on how to add a Spanish keyboard on the iPhone will show you how to install a new keyboard on the phone.
How to Install the iPhone 13 Spanish Keyboard
- Tap Settings.
- Choose General.
- Select Keyboard.
- Choose Keyboards.
- Tap Add New Keyboard.
- Select a Spanish keyboard.
Our guide continues below with more information on adding the Spanish iPhone 13 keyboard, including pictures of these steps.
When you first set up your iPhone you are able to choose the language that you want to use on the device. Your iPhone will then make some changes to the setting to reflect the usage of that language.
But many people speak more than one language and may want to have access to the additional characters that might be found in a language that wasn’t the one they chose when they set up the device.
A common situation where this happens involves people in Spanish-speaking countries who want to have an English keyboard and a Spanish keyboard on their smartphone.
You can add a Spanish keyboard to an iPhone by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > then selecting the Spanish option.
Once that keyboard is added you will be able to select it from apps where you can use the iPhone keyboard and start incorporating Spanish letters and punctuation into your typing.
Our tutorial continues below with additional information on completing this process so that you can start typing in Spanish on your Apple smartphone.
Do you want to type in all capital letters a little more easily? Our how to type in all caps on iPhone 13 guide can show you how.
How to Add Spanish Letters to the iPhone 13 Keyboard (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.4.1 operating system.
Note that once you have added another keyboard to your iPhone you will need to use the globe button below the keyboard whenever you wish to switch to the other keyboard.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Keyboard button.
Step 4: Select Keyboards at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Tap the Add New Keyboard button.
Step 6: Select the Spanish keyboard.
Now that you know how to add a Spanish keyboard on the iPhone you will be able to use this same technique any time you wish to add another keyboard to your device as well.
You can open an app that uses the default iPhone keyboard, like Messages, and tap the globe icon until you see the Spanish keyboard.
You can then tap on Spanish characters to add them to your message.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about adding and removing keyboards on an iPhone 13.
More Information on Adding iPhone 13 Keyboards
The steps in this article show you how to add a Spanish keyboard to your iPhone without requiring you to download any third party apps or purchase anything new.
Your iPhone has a number of different keyboards by default, you simply need to install the ones that you want.
Once a keyboard is installed you can tap on the globe icon at the bottom of the keyboard to switch between different languages.
If you have a lot of keyboards installed then you can tap and hold on the globe icon, then choose the keyboard you want to use.
If you discover that you have added a keyboard by mistake, or if you simply aren’t using one of your keyboards, then you can delete that keyboard.
To delete a keyboard on the iPhone 13 you can go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > then tap Edit at the top-right of the screen, tap the red circle next to the keyboard you want to remove, then tap Delete.
Frequently Asked Questions About Adding the Spanish Keyboard to the iPhone
How do I use a keyboard language that I’ve added to my iPhone?
There you can either tap the globe icon to toggle between the different language keyboard options on your iPhone, or you can tap and hold on the globe icon and choose your new keyboard language from the list shown there.
Can I add a new language keyboard to my iPhone or iPad if I already have a second one?
You can simply follow the same steps of going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard, then select from all the available keyboards.
For example, if you just have your standard keyboard and a second virtual keyboard then you might want to add the Emoji keyboard.
Where can I find the button to switch keyboards on my iPhone?
If you continue tapping that button you can switch between two languages pretty quickly.
Or, if you have several languages, then you could tap and hold on the globe button, which will bring up a keyboards list that you can select from to switch between keyboards.
Is there another way to open Settings on my iPhone?
Another way that you can find the Settings app is by swiping down on the Home screen, which is going to open the Spotlight Search menu.
From there you can simply type “settings” into the search bar, then tap Settings from the list of results.
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