Activate and Use Baybayin in Gboard

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Here is a short guide on how to activate and use Baybayin-Buhid, Baybayin-Hanunoó, and Baybayin-Tagalog using Google‘s Gboard app.

I. How to Install

  1. Download the Gboard app from the Google Play Store. (give the iOS version a try by downloading from the Apple App Store not available in iOS as per feedback)
  2. Go to the Gboard settings
    • In Android 9 Pie:
      • Settings > System > Languages & Input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard
    • In Android 8 Oreo:
      • Settings > Languages & Input > Keyboard > Gboard
  3. Go to Languages
  4. Tap the “ADD KEYBOARD” button at the bottom of the screen
  5. In the “Add keyboard” page, choose:
    1. “Filipino (Baybayin)” – Baybayin-Tagalog
    2. “Hanunuo” – Baybayin-Hanunoó (Mangyan)
    3. “Buhid” – Baybayin-Buhid (Mangyan)
  6. Optionally, add:
    1. “English (Philippines)”
    2. “Filipino (Latin)”
  7. Then remove any other keyboard layouts which were automatically added.

II. Not working? Join the Beta

If you can not find the keyboard layouts mentioned above, one possible reason is your Google Play Store account and/or unit is yet to receive an update push. Until then, joining the beta is the only way.

  1. Go to the Gboard app Google Play Store page
  2. Scroll-down and tap “Join the Beta”
  3. Wait for a few minutes and reopen the Google Play Store app
  4. Then follow again the steps in “I. How to Install”

Still no Baybayin related keyboard layouts? The last option is for you to download the latest Gboard APK, which is not advisable. But if it is your cup of tea, then download here. Remember, it may not be compatible with your phone model!

III. How to type in Baybayin after activation

Gboard “Change Keyboard” menu.
  1. Long-tap the “spacebar” to show the “Change Keyboard” menu; or tap the “world” icon
  2. Switch between the activated keyboard layouts now available (as shown in the above screeeshot)
Baybayin-Buhid Gboard layout.
Baybayin-Hanunoó Gboard layout.
Baybayin-Tagalog Gboard layout.

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