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Installing Cantonese input methods on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome

Typing with a Cantonese input method is very helpful for memorizing both Chinese characters and its romanizations.

In this article, we are going to teach you how to set up Cantonese input methods on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome/Brave for both Jyutping and Yale.

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Installing Cantonese input on Mac (Jyutping)

This tutorial will teach you how to install Cantonese input on Mac through OpenVanilla.

OpenVanilla is a free open source third-party software made by a Taiwan team in 2004 that offers Cantonese input on Mac and it is still being constantly updated.  The layout of this software is simple and blends well into the system.

The only thing might stop you from getting it is their official website is only available in Chinese.

Step 1: Download OpenVanilla

Go to the official website of OpenVanilla, click 由此處下載 to start the download.

Installing Cantonese input(Jyutping) on Mac step 1
Step 2: Set up Cantonese input

Click on the Openvanilla icon on the toolbar and select Cantonese.

If you want to type without inputting tone, you can also select toneless. Nevertheless, we do not recommend you to use that as the repetitive action of typing tones is what you need to build up your memory on romanization.

Installing Cantonese input(Jyutping) on Mac step 2

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Installing Cantonese input on Chrome/ Brave (Jyutping)

This tutorial will teach you how to install Cantonese input as an extension on Chrome and Brave.

Step 1: Download Google Input Tools.

To set up Google Chrome Cantonese input, download Google Input Tools from Chrome extension store.

Step 2: Open setting

Find the logo “粵” at the toolbar and click option(擴充功能選項):

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Step 3: Select Cantonese

Choose Cantonese input from all the available inputs.

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Step 4: Using the input tool

You should be able to see a 粵 logo on your toolbar. Click on it and then you will be typing in Cantonese.

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Installing Cantonese input on iOS (Jyutping)

This tutorial will teach you how to install and set up Cantonese input(Jyutping) on iOS. The app we recommend for this is Kaiboard 中英混合鍵盤.

Step 1: Download Kaiboard 中英混合鍵盤

Download Kaiboard 中英混合鍵盤 from App Store

Step 2: Select input method

After you have downloaded Kaiboard, open the application and you will come to this page.  Select “廣東話拼音”

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Step 3: Complete initial setup

After selecting the input method, leave everything as is on the next page and click “完成” to finish the installation

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Step 4: Add the input to your keyboard

Follow instructions in the video provided on the next page and finish the set up accordingly.  You can then type Cantonese using Jyutping on iOS.

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Installing Cantonese input on iOS (Yale)

This tutorial will teach you how to install and set up Cantonese input(Yale) on iOS. The app we recommend for this is Gboard – the Google Keyboard.

Step 1: Download Gboard and begin setting up

Download Gboard from App Store. After it has been installed, click “Get Started” to authorize Gboard running on your phone

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Step 2: Authorize Gboard

Select “Keyboard” and tick all options on the next page.

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Step 3: Add Cantonese input(1)

Return to the menu of Gboard and choose “Language”

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Step 4: Add Cantonese input(2)

Click “Add language” to add languages

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Step 5: Add Cantonese input(5)

Choose “Chinese(Hong Kong)”. A bundle of input methods will be provided, including Yale Cantonese input.

Then you are good to go!  Enjoy using Yale to type Cantonese on iOS!

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Installing Cantonese input on Android (Jyutping and Yale)

This tutorial will teach you how to install Google Cantonese input on Android for Jyutping. It can be configured for typing in Yale as well.

Step 1: Download Google Cantonese Input

Google Cantonese Input is the best and the easiest Cantonese input you can get on Android in 2018.  Nevertheless, Google has removed this input method from Play Store at the moment, thus you have to download its APK from 3rd party website.

You can download the APK of Google Cantonese Input here.

Step 2: Input setup

Open the application and select “Input”. Scroll down until you find “Pinyin Standard”.

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Step 3: Finish input configuration

Select Jyutping or Yale here, depending on which input you want to use.

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Step 4: Choose the input you want to use in the keyboard

As this powerful input keyboard provides 4 different input methods by default, you have to choose Jyutping in the keyboard.

Click on the character 中 on the keyboard, and select Jyutping keyboard

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That’s it for this guide on Cantonese input installation on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome for both Jyutping and Yale romanization of Cantonese!  If you appreciate our work, sign up now and give us a LikeCoin by clicking the LikeCoin button below 5 times.  It will empower us to create more useful contents for you in the future!

1 thought on “Installing Cantonese input methods on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome”

  1. Hi, Cantonese input for Windows doesn’t seem to be included on the page as at 4 Jun 2020, even though it’s listed in the title? Will post in additional comment when I find it again.

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