How to Get an iPhone to Write in Hiragana

by Joshua Phillips
Image courtesy of Apple

One of the strengths of the iPhone is its versatility; not only does the iPhone come with a variety of pre-loaded applications allowing you to take notes or write email, and allows you to select the language in which to write those messages. One of the available languages on the iPhone is Kana, a Japanese script that includes Hiragana. Before you can begin writing in Hiragana, you must first add the appropriate keyboard to your iPhone's list of available keyboards.

Step 1

Open the "Settings" application and tap "General."

Step 2

Tap "International."

Step 3

Tap "Keyboards" and tap "Add New Keyboard."

Step 4

Tap "Japanese Kana." The iPhone automatically takes you back to the Keyboards screen and adds the keyboard to your list of available keyboards at the top of the screen.

Step 5

Tap and hold the "Globe" icon when the iPhone's onscreen keyboard is open.

Step 6

Tap the "Japanese Kana" icon to begin typing in Hiragana.

Tap and hold the "Globe" icon and tap "English (US)" to return to English.


  • Information in this article pertains to an iPhone with iOS 6.0. It may vary with other iOS versions or devices.


  • You can also tap the "Globe" icon to cycle through all available keyboards one by one.


About the Author

Joshua Phillips has done it all when it comes to video games: strategy guides, previews, reviews, in-depth interviews with developers and extensive public relations work. He has written for websites such as Hardcore Gaming 101 and MyInsideGamer.

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