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I've just acquired an HTC Desire with MIUI interface.

I speak English and want the phone to stay in English. But I live in France and all my keyboards (computers, etc.) are French standard AZERTY, not QWERTY.

The phone shows a QWERTY keyboard. Having the phone in QWERTY is confusing.

How can I change the phone keyboard to AZERTY without changing the language of the phone into French please?

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SwiftKey X supports the feature you are asking (English with AZERTY keyboard). Try out their demo.

After you have installed the app, go to the Settings of SwiftKey. Go to "Languages & layouts"

Next to Englush, tap on the little keyboard icon. Then choose AZERTY.

You'll now have English autocorrect on an AZERTY keyboard.

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Also, thanks for posting the question, now I know how to get French autocorrect on a QWERTY keyboard :D Now, if only Swype supported it.... – Bryan Denny Nov 30 '11 at 14:25
thanks I'll try it – user1073203 Nov 30 '11 at 15:11
Swift Key X Free seems to work, but comes up Swiftkey Trial. So will it revert in a month or so? – user1073203 Nov 30 '11 at 15:19
No idea, I'm not an active SwiftKey user. I think after the Trial you'd have to purchase the paid version, $1.99… but I could be wrong – Bryan Denny Nov 30 '11 at 16:05

I had a similar question where I wanted to switch from AZERTY to QWERTY. I think the same suggested free software (from the answer) will serve you well (like it did for me).

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