Wylie Input on Android and iOS (and Windows, and MacOS, and Linux)

Wylie Input on Android and iOS (and Windows, and MacOS, and Linux)

There exists a multilingual input software called “Keyman” which exists for all major mobile and desktop systems and which allows typing in Tibetan.

The software can be downloaded for free from www.keyman.com/.

In particular, this software exists for Android and iOS. The Keyboard layout is not ideal because the keys are very close to each other, making it easy to mis-type on smaller phone screens but it is nevertheless wonderful that a software exits for typing in Wyle translitration on mobile devices.

In order to install this app for Android, simply do the following:

  • Install keyman from the Google Play Store
  • Open keyman. When the app opens for the first time it will propmpt you to add the language that you want to type in.
    There will be a very long list of languages.
    • In this list, choose: “Tibetan, Central”.
    • Then choose “Tibetan EWTS-to-Unicode V2” and download this language.
  • Next, keyman will suggest to enable Keyman as a system-wide keyboard. This is necessary so that you can use the keyman keyboard to type in all your applications and not just inside the Keyman app itself. Choose this option: you will see a list of installed keyboards in which Keyman is listed and you need to activate Keyman within that list.
  • Finally Keyman will ask you to set it as default keyboard but you can skip this step because it is easy to switch between keyman and your default keyboard whenever you need it: Whenever a keyboard is active, you can also switch back and forth between different keyboard layouts in Android by pulling your finger down from the top of the screen to open the notification area. In the notification area you will find an option to change the keyboard that is currently active. In this way you can switch keyboards between Keyman for Tibetan input and your usual keyboard for other languages. Note that the option in the notification area to change the keyboard will only be shown while you see a keyboard on the screen!

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