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.
A computer running in iOS
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.
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.
A computer with Chrome or Brave browser
This tutorial will teach you how to install Cantonese input as an extension on Chrome and Brave.
To set up Google Chrome Cantonese input, download Google Input Tools from Chrome extension store.
Find the logo “粵” at the toolbar and click option（擴充功能選項）:
Choose Cantonese input from all the available inputs.
You should be able to see a 粵 logo on your toolbar. Click on it and then you will be typing in Cantonese.
Mobile phone running in iOS
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.
After you have downloaded Kaiboard, open the application and you will come to this page. Select “廣東話拼音”
After selecting the input method, leave everything as is on the next page and click “完成” to finish the installation
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.
A mobile phone running in iOS
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.
Download Gboard from App Store. After it has been installed, click “Get Started” to authorize Gboard running on your phone
Select “Keyboard” and tick all options on the next page.
Return to the menu of Gboard and choose “Language”
Click “Add language” to add languages
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!
A mobile phone running in Android
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.
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.
Open the application and select “Input”. Scroll down until you find “Pinyin Standard”.
Select Jyutping or Yale here, depending on which input you want to use.
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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