How to Type in Hindi on Android Using GBoard or SwiftKey

How to Type in Hindi on Android Using GBoard or SwiftKey

There is no joy like writing and expressing in your own native language. As of now most of the Android users use English keyboard to write in their own language. I personally do the same making it a Hinglish experience until I discovered the possibility of writing in Hindi in Android. Android support tons of non-English languages, including support for plenty of regional Indian languages. In this guide, we will learn how to write in Hindi in Android.

How to write in Hindi in Android

We will use the Gboard which is available on all Android Phones but if you are used to SwiftKey, you can use that too. Also, whatever you type in Hindi, the person on the other side will be able to read it even if he or she doesn’t have the same keyboard installed. The only thing the person needs to know is to read in that language.

How to write in Hindi in Android using Gboard

Gboard is installed on most Android Phones by default. In case it’s not available on your phone, you can always install it by following this link.

Step 1: Open Settings, and use the search option at the top to find the “keyboard” related option. It should reveal the Keyboard & inputs option. If not go to Settings > System > Languages and input followed by Virtual Keyboard.

How to type in Hindi on Android

Step 2: Gboard should be listed under this. Tap on it and then tap on the Languages option. This will list all the languages that are installed on your phone and works on the keyboard. Tap on Add Keyboard button and search for Hindi language.

Type in Hindi using Gboard

Step 3: In the search result, you will have two options. You can either install the language keyboard on which you can type in Hindi using English and it will predict the final word in Hindi.  The second option is to install a pure Hindi keyboard where all the alphabets are in Hindi.

Type in Hindi using Gboard

Step 4:  Tap on the language you prefer to install and wait for a few seconds for the download to complete. Just before installing, it will offer you some option. You can either choose a regular Hindi keyboard, a compact one or even one where you can write the alphabet yourself.  If you choose to install a pure Hindi keyboard, it will not offer any kind of word suggestions.

Type in Hindi using Gboard

Step 5: Now open any text box so as to bring up Gboard. Long press on the language bar, and it will offer you to choose between all the languages installed on the phone. Select your preferred Hindi keyboard and start practicing.

How to write in Hindi in Android using SwiftKey

Swiftkey is one of the best keyboards available for Android. It was probably the first third-party keyboard which introduced swipe-typing. Just like Gboard, you will need to install it from the Play Store.

Step 1: Once installed, open it. Since it’s a third-party application, you will have to give few permissions to it. Once it is successfully configured, sign in with your Google account. This will help you get better predictions, and it will remember the way you write. It will also replace your existing keyboard.

Step 2:  Open it from the app drawer and select Languages. You will need to find the Hindi keyboard either under Suggested languages or All languages. Tap to install the keyboard.

Step 3: Now open a new email again, and tap in the text area to bring up SwiftKey. Long press on the spacebar, and you can choose between pure Hindi or English to Hindi predictions.  Type and practice. This guide can be used to write in any language if its available with the software. Just follow the exact steps, and choose your language instead of Hindi.


If you are having any issues while writing in Hindi on your Android device, drop a comment and we will help you out.

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