How to Add Gujarati Keyboard to Windows 10 Mobile

Windows Phones

I just had the opportunity to try a Windows Phone. My interest, of course, was to see if Gujarati was supported. On a Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE (AT&T branded phone) running Windows Phone 8.1 (Denim), we can at least read Gujarati. Microsoft has included the new Nirmal UI font that is part of Windows 8.1 as well. This font includes many languages of India in addition to Gujarati. Below, you can see the Nirmal font with Gujarati text in Windows version of the WhatsApp app.

Gujarati in Android Lollipop

Windows Phone vs Windows Mobile

With version 8.1 and below, the platform was called Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8.1 definitely supports Gujarati font it does not include a keyboard to be able to type Gujarati. I am not sure if Windows Phone 8.0 does or not.

After I upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile (the new name for the platform), I was able to add a Gujarati keyboard to be able to type in Gujarati. Below are the steps to do just that. It should be self explanatory but this is in case someone needs a little guidance.

Add Gujarati Keyboard to Windows 10 Mobile

First, go to Settings in your phone. You can go to the list of apps and find Settings there.

In settings, chose Time & Language as shown below in the screenshot.

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Choose Keyboard in the subsequent screen.

Gujarati in Android Lollipop

Next, click on the + Add Keyboards. In the screenshot below, I have already added the keyboards. However, if you haven't already added them, you won't see them in the list.

Gujarati in Android Lollipop

Find Gujarati in the list and touch the box to check it. Then, touch the check mark icon on the bottom to add the keyboard.

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Lastly, go to the More Keyboard Settings page and check Show the language switching key which will allow you to changed from English to Gujarati and other keyboards you may want to see.

Gujarati in Android Lollipop

Now that you have added the keyboard, next time you open an app and input text, touch the key that changes the language. In the screenshot below, that key is the second from the left at the bottom. You can see that Gujarati is selected because it shows 'ક'. This keyboard is the default DOE keyboard that is found in all operating systems. You can also use the Gujarati Phonetic keyboard, because you know how I feel transliteration! (Pssst... I hate it.)

Gujarati in Android Lollipop

But in case typing 'abc' to get 'અબચ' is your thing, then you can use the Gujarati Phonetic keyboard as below.

Gujarati in Android Lollipop