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How to put the Arabic keyboard on your computer and mobile

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Setting up the Arabic keyboard on our smartphone or computer is an increasingly frequent need.

In fact, Arabic is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and is also widely used in Spain. Many also use applications like Duolingo to study this language. The truth is that we can no longer do without digital tools when it comes to communicating, whatever the language.


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How to put Arabic keyboard on iOS

How to put the Arabic keyboard on Android

How to put Arabic keyboard on MacOS

How to put the Arabic keyboard in Windows

Alternative solutions to use Arabic keyboard

Anyone who approaches the study of languages ​​with an alphabet other than Latin, from Russian to Greek, through Turkish and Arabic, will have wondered how to write on the keyboard. The procedure is quite simple, but it changes for each device. So this is a quick guide to setting up Arabic keyboard on iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows.

How to put the Arabic keyboard on IOS: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

For those who own an Apple device, changing the keyboard settings is very easy by following these steps:

Open one of the applications that use the keyboard, such as Mail or WhatsApp.

Press the smiley face or world icon.

Touch 'Keyboard Settings'.

Choose Arabic from the possible language options.

The language can be switched back to by tapping the world icon (or smiley face) when the keyboard is open. Of course, you can also change the default keyboard to one downloaded from the App Store. The most popular currently is SwiftKey. In this case, after installing it, it should be added in Settings> General> Keyboard> Keyboards> Add new keyboard.

How to put Arabic keyboard on Android

In order to configure the Arabic keyboard on Android, you must follow these steps:

Open Settings with the gear icon.

Touch the System> Language & input option.

Select the keyboard used. It can have different names, such as Virtual Keyboard or ZenUi Keyboard. Or the SwiftKey keyboard may also be present by default.

Touch the Languages ​​and Region command.

Choose Arabic (after tapping 'add language').

From now on, when you open any application that allows you to use the keyboard, the key with the language used (ESP, for example) or the world icon will appear at the bottom left. It will be enough to play it to switch to the Arabic keyboard and vice versa.

In the case of the SwiftKey keyboard, simply 'swipe' the space key to change the alphabet and see the Arabic keyboard appear. You can also choose to download an application, such as Uncle Keyboards Inc. or Smart Technologies Apps.

HOW TO Put Arabic Keyboard on MacOS

Of course, you can install the Arabic keyboard on a Mac computer and still use the supplied physical keyboard.

Go to Apple (apple icon)> System Preferences.

Open Language and text.

Under Input sources, select: Arabic.

Select the Show keyboard menu box on the menu bar.

After this procedure, a flag will appear on the top bar (sometimes it can be a character) that will allow you to switch from one language to another. In some cases, Arabic may not appear in the list because the additional fonts have not been installed. In this case it will be necessary to carry out the installation.

If we need to use only a few characters occasionally, we can use OpenOffice. Go to Insert> Special Characters> Choose from Arial Unicode MS Character Types> Basic Arabic.

HOW TO PUT THE Arabic Keyboard for Windows

Also in Windows it is possible to write in Arabic using our usual keyboard. For those using Windows 7:

Go to Control Panel.

Click on Country and languages ​​(if you can't find it, select 'Change target language').

On the Keyboards and Languages ​​tab, click Change keyboards.

In the window that opens, click Add.

Choose Keyboards> Arabic and confirm.

Going back to the previous tab, you have to select the item Pinned to the application bar and confirm.

If we are using Windows 8.1 or later versions:

Open Settings.

Click Change PC Settings.

Open Date / time and language> Geographic area and language.

Click Add and select Arabic.

At this point, under Geographic Area and Languages, click Options> Add Keyboard.

A new button will appear in the application bar to change the language. The symbol is the abbreviation of the language in use: ESP or ING, for example. Clicking on it after opening a writing program or email service will allow you to change the input language.

Again, if we want to use just a few characters, we can go to Word, click Insert> Symbol, and search through the characters in the Arial Unicode MS> Basic Arabic list.

Alternative solutions

To write only with some characters without configuring the Arabic keyboard there are several alternative solutions that we can easily use. Clavier Arabe Pro is an Arabic keyboard that allows you to type without the need for installation or registration. A similar alternative is Arabic Keyboard. These keyboards can be used to type and then copy the text to paste where needed.

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