How to Add More Languages to a Samsung Galaxy Note
By Danielle Fernandez
Unlike some older mobile devices, which required additional downloads to supplement the limited factory-installed languages, your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a wide variety of system and keyboard language options. While it is originally set to the native language of the country in which it is purchased, personalizing your device's language settings can make communication more efficient for you, regardless of where you live. This comprehensive list of language settings can be accessed and modified using the main "Language and Input" menu.
Navigate to the Apps folder and tap "Settings." Alternately, you can swipe downward on the notifications bar and tap the gear icon.
Tap the "Controls" tab and then "Language and Input."
Tap "System" to configure the language that appears on a system-wide level -- for example, the various menu options and the notifications you receive.
Scroll through the list and tap the system language setting you wish to enable. Note that you cannot modify or add new system languages. If you are not redirected to the previous menu once you have tapped a new language setting, tap the Back arrow at the top left to return.
Tap the gear icon to the right of the implemented keyboard input option -- the current keyboard input setting is denoted with a check.
Tap "Select Keyboard Input Languages" and acknowledge the notification about updating the standard language options.
Tap to place a check next to a language listed in the "Downloaded Languages" section. If your preference is not listed, scroll through and tap your selection in the list of "Available Languages." Allow a few moments for the device to download and enable the language for use.
- If you are not happy with the way your new language settings appear on the stock Samsung or Google keyboards, there are also a number of alternate third-party keyboards available in the Google Play Store.
- You can also change your keyboard input method from a text entry field. To do so, create a new entry -- for example, tap "Reply" to a text message -- and long-press on the text field until the "Input Method" menu appears. The device will automatically enable the new keyboard once you have tapped on your desired input method.
- Information in this article applies to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
Based in Tampa, Fla., Danielle Fernandez been writing, editing and illustrating all things technology, lifestyle and education since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Working Mother magazine, and a variety of technical publications, including BICSI's "Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual." Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Florida.