How to use Dvorak or Colemak on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

Prior to Jelly Bean, if you wanted to type on your Android device using Dvorak or Colemak, you’d have to use a third-party keyboard app. (My favourite is SwiftKey, by the way.) But from Jelly Bean onwards, Dvorak and Colemak support is built in! No more third-party apps required! Here’s how:

  1. Hold down the comma key, then select “Android keyboard settings”.

    Input options

  2. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Advanced settings”, then “Custom input styles”. (On factory default settings, the German QWERTY and French QWERTZ layouts are already present. You can remove them, of course.) Choose “Add style”.

    Custom input styles

  3. Choose your desired language and layout, then add it.

    Add style

  4. You’ll now be prompted to enable it.

    Before enabling new layout

  5. Untick the “Use system language” box, then tick the Dvorak or Colemak layout that you’ve chosen. Finally, you may also wish to untick the QWERTY layout if you never use it.

    After enabling new layout

  6. That’s it! Your shiny new Dvorak or Colemak layout is ready for you to use.

    Ooh shiny!


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