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How do we use Google Japanese Input 12-key keyboard to input Katakana as the keys are in Hiragana? For example, how do I input アinstead of あ?

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Google Japanese Input only has 2 modes: kana/romaji.

There is no hiragana-only/katakana-only compared to other IMEs. However, in kana mode, the suggestion box provides hiragana (normal/small), katakana (normal/small and full/half), kanji, and recently used words as possible conversion.

Note: sometimes you need to scroll to the bottom for katakana conversion.

katakana conversion

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