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How to change iPhone keyboard layout

Your iPhone gives you a plethora of helpful options for setting up and managing keyboards to your liking. You can easily switch between international keyboards, change the key layout, add third-party keyboards and more.

This is practical in markets where folks use different keyboard layouts with different scripts. With international keyboards, typing text in many different languages, including Asian languages and languages written from right to left, is a piece of cake.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change the key layout of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch’s stock keyboard or the physical hardware keyboard so that it behaves exactly as you’d like it to.

About keyboard layouts

With standard English keyboards, you can switch between the QWERTY, AZERTY and QWERTY layouts. These layout names indicate the order of the first six keys on the top-left letter row.

The most commonly used QWERTY design is based on a layout created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in 1873. From the start, the QWERTY layout was so intuitive that it’s remained in widespread use to this date.

While QWERTY is the standard U.S. keyboard layout, AZERTY is a keyboard layout used for Latin-based languages and enabled by default in France. QWERTZ is predominantly used in Central Europe and is standard in Germany.

Changing the format of your iPhone’s keyboard not only adjusts the arrangement of the keys accordingly, but also switches the dictionary used for predictive text and Auto-Correct. In some cases, it also affects the number of letters you see on the virtual keyboard.

You can change the key layout for the software keyboards you’ve added or for any physical hardware keyboards you’ve paired with your iOS device.

How to change stock software keyboard layout

With certain languages, your iPhone allows you to change the key layout.

1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

2) Tao General → Keyboard → Keyboards.

3) You will be presented with the list of the available keyboard languages, as determined by the actual keyboards you’ve added. To adjust the key layout to your liking, first choose a desired keyboard from the list, then tap the language to select a new layout.

Don’t forget you can access additional useful keys on the virtual keyboard, such as the time-saving cut, copy and paste shortcuts, by holding your iPhone in landscape orientation.

TIP: To add a software keyboard for another language, tap Settings → General → Keyboard → Keyboards → Add New Keyboard, then choose a keyboard from the list.

Not all keyboards are permitted to use a different layout.

For instance, the Emoji keyboard won’t let you customize the key layout at all. If you use a third-party software keyboard with your iOS device, use its helper app to change the key layout and adjust other settings to your personal preference.

How to change physical keyboard layout

Most wireless keyboards can be used with iOS devices via Bluetooth networking.

If the physical keyboard connected to your iPhone uses a layout that doesn’t match the keys on it, don’t worry—you can  activate one that matches the keys on your physical keyboard.

1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

2) Tap General → Hardware Keyboard and select a layout.

The physical keyboard must be paired with your iOS device before you can change its layout.

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You can pair a physical hardware keyboard with your iOS device in Settings → Bluetooth.

How to add iPhone keyboard dictionaries

iOS comes with the default English (U.S) dictionary, which you can use to define words. The dictionary feature can be especially powerful if you enable one of the supported language pairs, which will let you translate any foreign words to English—no app required whatsoever.

The keyboard language determines the language of the dictionary used for predictive text.

iOS permits you to activate a custom dictionary even if you don’t use the keyboard in that language. As an example, if you use a U.S. English keyboard on an everyday basis and have added a French dictionary for occasional chatting with your Parisian relatives, you’ll be able to define French words in almost any app and translate them to English, and vice versa.

1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

2) Tap General → Dictionary.

3) Tap a dictionary you’d like to install, then wait until your iPhone has finished downloading it.

Now you can define almost any French word in a few taps.

Select the word you’d like to define and choose Look Up from the copy/paste menu. The dictionary feature works with software keyboards only and is unavailable for certain languages.

At the time of this writing, the dictionary was available for select languages:

  • English
  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish

TIP: To delete all custom words that you’ve typed and return the keyboard to its default state, reset a dictionary by tapping Settings → General → Reset → Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

By the way, you add words to your keyboard dictionary simply by rejecting words your iPhone suggests as you type. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases only the words you’ve added.

To disable pop-up character previews when typing on the keyboard, tap Settings → General → Keyboard and flip the switch Character Preview to the OFF position to disable this feature.

TUTORIAL: How to set up multilingual typing on iPhone

To alternate keyboards between lowercase and UPPERCASE letters, tap Settings → General → Accessibility → Keyboard and toggle the switch Show Lowercase Keys. The setting affects keyboards that use a Shift key to switch between uppercase and lowercase letters.

Feel free to explore other accessibility keyboard options there, including:

  • Key Repeat—Choose the key repeat interval for your keyboards.
  • Sticky Keys—Lets you hold modifier keys, like Command (⌘), as you press another key.
  • Slow Keys—The time between when a key is pressed and when it’s activated.

And that is how the cookie crumbles, girls and boys!

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How to post images to Instagram via mobile web

Instagram’s mobile app is pretty decent, but sometimes you just wanna quickly post a photo without having the app unnecessarily eat into precious cellular data by refreshing content in your feed. While you can always send images and videos from other apps to Instagram via its extension in iOS’s multi-purpose Share sheets, you can do upload images to Instagram through the web, too.

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions explaining how to upload your photographs to Instagram using the mobile web interface, no app needed whatsoever.

Before we get to it, we should point out that you cannot take or upload photos from Instagram’s web interface on a desktop computer. Only Instagram’s mobile web interface allows you to do that.

How to post images to Instagram using mobile web interface

1) On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, visit instagram.com in Safari, Chrome or another browser of your choice, then log in with Facebook or your Instagram account credentials.

2) Tap the Camera button at the bottom.

TIP: If you don’t see the tab area at the bottom of the webpage, try scrolling the page or reloading it.

3) A menu pops up with several options allowing you to take a new photo, choose an existing image from your Photos library or upload an image from one of the cloud-storage services with a Document Provider extension for iOS.

The following two options are always available:

  • Take Photo—Choose this if you’d like to take a photo using your iPhone’s camera. After taking a photo, tap Use Photo to create a new Instagram post or Retake to discard the image and take another one.
  • Photo Library—This option will pull up the Photos browser. Navigate your way through the albums, then tap a photo to select it.

As mentioned, other local and online storage services may appear in this menu, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and others, as long as their client apps are installed on your device and support iOS’s Document Provider extension.

To cherry-pick which of the available services shall appear in this menu, tap More, then enable or disable the individual services and tap Done to save the changes.

4) Preview your photo to make sure everything looks OK, then tap Next to continue.

To rotate the image counter-clockwise, tap the icon in the lower-right corner. To switch between landscape and portrait image orientation, tap the icon in the lower-left corner. To stop creating a new Instagram post, tap the “x” in the upper-left corner.

5) Write a caption for your image, if you like.

You can use #hashtags and @usernames in captions like you normally would.

6) Tap Share in the upper-right corner to finish adding the post and publish it on Instagram.

Instagram’s filters and other creative tools and advanced functions are unavailable when posting images through its mobile web interface. If you prefer using Instagram’s filters and other built-in tools over Apple’s Photos app to touch up your photos before posting them on the service, use the mobile Instagram app.

Need help? Ask iDB!

If you like this how-to, pass it along to your support folks and leave a comment below.

Got stuck? Not sure how to do certain things on your Apple device? Let us know at [email protected] and a future tutorial might provide a solution.

Submit your how-to suggestions via [email protected].


"How to post images to Instagram via mobile web" is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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How to post images to Instagram via mobile web

Instagram’s mobile app is pretty decent, but sometimes you just wanna quickly post a photo without having the app unnecessarily eat into precious cellular data by refreshing content in your feed. While you can always send images and videos from other apps to Instagram via its extension in iOS’s multi-purpose Share sheets, you can do upload images to Instagram through the web, too.

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions explaining how to upload your photographs to Instagram using the mobile web interface, no app needed whatsoever.

Before we get to it, we should point out that you cannot take or upload photos from Instagram’s web interface on a desktop computer. Only Instagram’s mobile web interface allows you to do that.

How to post images to Instagram using mobile web interface

1) On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, visit instagram.com in Safari, Chrome or another browser of your choice, then log in with Facebook or your Instagram account credentials.

2) Tap the Camera button at the bottom.

TIP: If you don’t see the tab area at the bottom of the webpage, try scrolling the page or reloading it.

3) A menu pops up with several options allowing you to take a new photo, choose an existing image from your Photos library or upload an image from one of the cloud-storage services with a Document Provider extension for iOS.

The following two options are always available:

  • Take Photo—Choose this if you’d like to take a photo using your iPhone’s camera. After taking a photo, tap Use Photo to create a new Instagram post or Retake to discard the image and take another one.
  • Photo Library—This option will pull up the Photos browser. Navigate your way through the albums, then tap a photo to select it.

As mentioned, other local and online storage services may appear in this menu, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and others, as long as their client apps are installed on your device and support iOS’s Document Provider extension.

To cherry-pick which of the available services shall appear in this menu, tap More, then enable or disable the individual services and tap Done to save the changes.

4) Preview your photo to make sure everything looks OK, then tap Next to continue.

To rotate the image counter-clockwise, tap the icon in the lower-right corner. To switch between landscape and portrait image orientation, tap the icon in the lower-left corner. To stop creating a new Instagram post, tap the “x” in the upper-left corner.

5) Write a caption for your image, if you like.

You can use #hashtags and @usernames in captions like you normally would.

6) Tap Share in the upper-right corner to finish adding the post and publish it on Instagram.

Instagram’s filters and other creative tools and advanced functions are unavailable when posting images through its mobile web interface. If you prefer using Instagram’s filters and other built-in tools over Apple’s Photos app to touch up your photos before posting them on the service, use the mobile Instagram app.

Need help? Ask iDB!

If you like this how-to, pass it along to your support folks and leave a comment below.

Got stuck? Not sure how to do certain things on your Apple device? Let us know at [email protected] and a future tutorial might provide a solution.

Submit your how-to suggestions via [email protected].


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How to create a ringtone or text tone in GarageBand

Between purchasing ready-made ringtones for your iPhone on iTunes and converting songs on your computer, GarageBand on iOS is the least talked about alternative to adding more ringtone choices to your iPhone’s soundbite repertoire.

We’re intending to change that by presenting two GarageBand-powered methods that will teach you how to create your own ringtones or text tones directly from your iPhone, for free. One method involves your fingertips and a wee bit of musical wit, the other one your favorite songs and instructions on how to convert them into your daily ringer. ... Read the rest of this post here


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How to erase and format external disks on your Mac

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Do you use one or more external disks with your Mac for storing videos, backups, installers, archived projects and other large files, which helps conserve storage space on your startup disk? If so, chances are you’ll need to erase your external disk at some point to wipe it clean, change its format and so forth.

macOS’s built-in app called Disk Utility lets you erase and reformat internal and externals disks with just a few clicks. You can also adjust the partition format if you intend to share the disk with your Windows-toting friends, access it as an external disk on a Windows computer or use the disk with Windows on your Mac through Boot Camp.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to erase and reformat external disks connected to your Mac using macOS’s Disk Utility. We’ll educate you about the partition maps that macOS supports and detail other important options that are at your disposal within Disk Utility.... Read the rest of this post here


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