First of all, make sure your Gboard app is on its latest version. If not, you can download the update from the Google Play Store. Since Google’s handwriting-to-text keyboard is hidden within the Gboard app’s settings, you need to summon it by tapping on an empty text space. You only need to do the steps below once to enable the feature, but you can repeat the process as often as needed to add more languages. It’s worth noting, however, that not all languages have a handwriting keyboard option (via Google).
- From the Gboard interface, find and tap the gear icon located at the bar on top of its alphanumeric keys.
- Tap on the “Languages” option up top.
- Select the “Add keyboard” button at the bottom
- Pick your preferred language from the list
- Swipe right from the Keyboard menu until you find the “Handwriting” option then select it.
- If done properly, it should now have a check mark next to it, if so, tap on the “Done” button to finish setting it up.
- To manually choose among your added keyboard types and languages, press and hold the space bar at the bottom center, then select from the list.
To remove languages, you can follow these steps:
- Starting from Step 2 above, select the pen icon on the upper right.
- Select the languages you want to remove.
- Tap on the trash bin icon in the upper right to delete them.