I can't figure out how to set a Hebrew keyboard while using an English interface in my Nexus 5. The only way I have found to switch to a Hebrew keyboard was changing the language of the interface to Hebrew.

Is it possible to have them both without a third party app?

  • Is there a reason you don't want to use a 3rd-party keyboard app?
    – Chahk
    May 27, 2014 at 18:18
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    @Chahk it isn't necessary to use a 3rd party keyboard for this. Multiple language support is already built into the stock Google Keyboard.
    – abqnm
    May 28, 2014 at 0:22
  • @abqnm You are absolutely correct. Somehow I missed Hebrew when scrolling through the Input languages list :)
    – Chahk
    May 28, 2014 at 13:17

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Yes you can do this. For this, I am assuming you are using the stock Google keyboard.

Open Settings and tap on Language & Input. Tap on the settings icon next to Google Keyboard. Tap Input Languages at the top. Deselect "Use System Language" and then select any keyboard languages you wish to use.

Now in the keyboard, the space bar will display the current selected language. To change to one of the other active languages, press and hold the space bar and select the language you wish to use.

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