Your Xiaomi phone probably comes with the following 4 keyboards:
- Google Keyboard
- Google Pinyin Input
- Google voice typing
And Google Pinyin Input is what you would use when it comes to Chinese input. With Google Pinyin you can easily switch between the traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese. Here’s how:
- On your phone, find and launch the Settings app.
- Tap Language & Input.
- Tap next to Google Pinyin Input.
- Tap Input.
- Check and uncheck the Traditional Chinese option.
Aditya Sharma says
I have a Redmi 1s and the directory there is in chinese.
Is there any way you can help me to change that to English?
Directory ? Did you mean the directory you see on PC when your phone connected to it ?
Ken H says
Very helpful page. I installed an upgrade last night (Is now MIUI JHCMIBF37.0) and now the keyboard for messaging is locked at “qwerty 26 keys” – wheras before I had the option of 26, one other and “13 key grouped” (ie abc/def/ghi etc) which I much prefer.
This layout was far better as there were icons that allowed access to a “roll back” menu – and could toggle in and out of auto correct – which is now gone!!!!!
I can’t go back to the old system as that has gone.
I am an “old guy” who doesn’t want to “download a million apps” – I just want my phone the way it was yesterday!
Can you help?
(I am in Australia)
I don’t have a Redmi 1S, therefore I’m not too sure about 37.0 update.
As for the keyboard issue, do you know which keyboard you were using ? Normally, Xiaomi phone comes with a few keyboards such as Google Keyboard, Google Pinyin Input and SwiftKey. You can find out this information by going to the Settings app > General Settings > Language & input to find out the keyboard that is set in Default option.
As far as I know only Google Pinyin Input offers the abc-grouped keyboard layout out of 3 keyboards above. Are you using that at the moment ?