My old phone (Android 8 I believe) showed a little icon on bottom right side to allow switching keyboards, from Gboard to Hackers' keyboard or else. Android 8 keyboard

My new phone on Android 9 (also a new brand, Xiaomi, MIUI) after installing several keyboards, does not show the switch. Android 9 keyboard

Does someone know how to switch keyboards easily on Xiaomi's Android 9 (as I could do previously on older Android) without having to go everytime into Configuration menus.

  • Welcome to Android Enthustiasts! Are the other keyboard enabled? Sep 20, 2019 at 15:25
  • Thanks! Yes, I am able to switch keyboards from the configuration menu unless I misunderstood what enabled is.
    – Pep Polon
    Sep 20, 2019 at 15:32

4 Answers 4


To switch between different languages in Gboard (keyboard visible in the screenshot in the question) —

  • Long press on the spacebar
    (In much older versions of Gboard, you could also switch between different installed keyboards this way, but that feature disappeared long back.)
  • Use the language switch key (the globe-like icon on the left of the spacebar)

To switch to another installed keyboard

  • Go to Settings → Additional Settings → Languages & Input → Current Keyboard → Choose Keyboards
  • Make sure that the keyboard that you want to use is enabled.
    Enable keyboard in settings
  • Now, navigate to any text input and start typing with your current keyboard
  • You should see a notification from Android System, that says Choose keyboard
    (Note: This notification lasts only until your current keyboard is open, so you have to open the notification panel, without closing the keyboard, to see this notification.)
    Choose keyboard notification
  • Tap on this notification and you should be able to choose your other keyboard in the menu
    Choose keyboard menu
  • I think the second part of your answer is what the OP asked. Sep 20, 2019 at 15:48
  • I thought the same, but I mentioned both, just to be clear. Sep 20, 2019 at 15:50
  • Thanks! That was it! I did not know about the notification to change keyboard, that worked here. A thousand thanks!
    – Pep Polon
    Sep 23, 2019 at 9:01

I did not see the option to switch keyboards because I forgot that I blocked the notification for keyboard input. I fixed it by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps
  • Tap on the three dots on the top right corner and select Show All Apps
  • Find and tap on Android System
  • Tap on Notifications and scroll down to Virtual Keyboard
  • Enable the notifications for Virtual Keyboard

Did you mean this?

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First, you go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps > Select 3 dots on the top right corner > Show All Apps. Then find the Android System, search notification name "Virtual Keyboard."

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Long press space. All keyboard options will display. Choose the one you want.

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