How is Chinese set up with SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?


SwiftKey uses a standard structure for Chinese, mainly including:

  • composing buffer
  • candidate bar
  • extended candidate menu
  • side Pinyin filter on 9-key layout

We hope those technical names will help you have a better understanding of how Chinese works on SwiftKey Keyboard for Android.

2 - How to switch to another Chinese layout

For Simplified Chinese, QWERTY Pinyin is the default layout. You can switch to 9-Key Pinyin or Stroke from the Quick Settings menu. To do this please follow the steps below.

  1. Open the SwiftKey Hub
  2. Click 'Layout'
  3. Tap one of the 3 different layouts at the bottom
  4. The selected layout will be the default when you use Chinese

Chinese keyboard layouts  Screenshot_20170829-130010.png  Screenshot_20170829-125933.png

Similarly, for Taiwan Traditional Chinese and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese, you can switch from the default layout to alternative ones by long-pressing the SwiftKey logo key.

For Taiwan Traditional Chinese, Full keyboard Zhuyin layout is the default layout, but you can find 9-Key Zhuyin and Stroke as alternatives in the quick setting.

For Hong Kong Traditional Chinese, Quick Cangjie is the default, but you can find regular Cangjie and Stroke as the alternatives.

3 - How to set up Fuzzy Pinyin Chinese input

SwiftKey supports Fuzzy Pinyin from version 6.5.5 onwards.

The option to enable Fuzzy Pinyin is available to all users with 'Chinese (PRC)' or 'Chinese (TW)' languages.

  1. Open the SwiftKey app
  2. Tap 'Typing'
  3. Tap 'Typing & Autocorrect'
  4. Select 'Chinese input'
  5. Select 'Fuzzy Pinyin'
  6. Change Fuzzy Pinyin mappings to suit your typing style

Typing.jpg  Typing-Typing.png  Chinese-input.jpg  Fuzzy-pinyin.jpg  Fuzzy-pinyin-mappings.jpg

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