Ever since SLee went to Japan, he’s wanted to add a Japanese keyboard to every device he gets his hands on. So when he got his Samsung Galaxy S III, I knew it wouldn’t be long before he asked me how to put Japanese on it as well. The good news is, it’s a relatively simple process that works for Japanese as well as dozens of other languages.
Here’s a quick tutorial to show you how.
Note: You may have heard that the only way to add a Japanese keyboard to your Samsung Galaxy S III is to root it or to install 3rd-party apps. This is not true. This photo-tutorial will show you how to add a Japanese keyboard using functions already built in to the phone — no root required, no 3rd-pary apps. Now let’s get to it.
How to Add a Japanese Keyboard to Your S III
Go to your settings menu. Scroll down and tap on “Language and input.”
In the “Language and input” menu, tap on the settings gear next to the Swype keyboard.
In the Swype menu, tap the third option for “Language Options.”
When you are in the “Language Options” menu, tap on “Download languages.” I took this screen shot after I had already installed Japanese on SLee’s phone. If you haven’t added any additional languages yet, your screen should only show English.
Note: If you already have more than one language installed, you can use this screen to choose your current language, but I’ll show you a faster way to change your input language in a little bit.
The screen displays a list of available languages. Choose whichever language you want (in this case, we’re choosing Japanese; here is a list of all the languages Swype supports).
Tap on the language name, and the Samsung Galaxy S III will download it to your phone.
Voila! You now have multi-lingual writing capabilities on your Samsung Galaxy S III.
How to Switch Languages on Your Swype Keyboard (on the fly)
Adding a new language keyboard to your phone is only half the battle. Having multiple languages installed on your phone is useless if you can’t change what language you’re using. In step 4 above, I mentioned one way you can change your input language. But it is very inconvenient to have to go digging in your settings menus to do something as simple as switching languages.
Thankfully, the designers of Swype thought so too.
Let’s take a look at an easier way.
After you add a Japanese keyboard to your phone, you’ll notice your spacebar now has “EN” printed on it to indicate your current input language is English.
The first step in changing your input language is to hold down the spacebar.
A window pops up allowing you to select whichever language you want to use.
Pick your target language, and start Swyping.