You can change your Android’s display language to Arabic from the Settings app. From here, you can also change the keyboard settings so that you can type with Arabic characters. If you use “OK, Google,” you can adjust the voice settings to recognize and speak Arabic.
EditChanging the Display Language
- Tap the Settings app. You can find this in your app drawer, which can be opened by tapping the grid button at the bottom of the Home screen. The Settings app has a gear as an icon.
- Tap the “Language & input” option. This is the fourth option in the third group of settings (Personal).
- Tap the “Language” option. This is the very first option on the “Language & input” option.
- Select Arabic from the list of languages. It will be printed in Arabic (العَرَبِيَّة) and can be found on the bottom portion of the list.
- When you tap the Arabic option, your phone’s display will immediately change, and text orientation will appear from right to left.
EditChanging the Input Language
- Tap the Settings app. You can change your keyboard settings so that Arabic characters are easily available. You can do this from the Settings app, which you can find in your app drawer.
- Tap “Language & input.” This will display your language options.
- Tap the keyboard that you use. If you have multiple keyboards installed, tap the one you use most often. The process for changing the language will vary depending on the keyboard, but it’s generally very similar.
- Tap “Languages” or “Select languages.” This will open a list of available languages for the keyboard.
- Check the box for the “Arabic” language. There may be a Morocco variant available if you need it.
- If Arabic is not available, you can install a different keyboard. The Google Keyboard, available for free from the Google Play Store, supports Arabic.
- Tap an app that allows you to type. Once you’ve enabled the Arabic language, you’ll need to select it. Open an app that allows you to type so you can switch languages.
- Tap the Globe to switch languages. Each time you tap the globe, you’ll switch to a different installed language. The selected language will appear on the Space bar.
- You can also press and hold the Space bar to view all of the available languages.
EditChanging the “OK, Google” Language
- Tap the Google app. You can change the language for the OK, Google service to both recognize and speak Arabic. You can access these settings from the Google app on your device.
- Tap the Menu button (☰). You can find this in the upper-left corner of the Google app. You can also swipe in from the left side of the screen.
- Tap “Settings” in the Google app menu. This will open the Google settings menu.
- Tap “Voice.” This will open the voice settings for OK, Google.
- Tap “Languages.” You’ll find this option at the very top of the Voice menu.
- Scroll down to find the Arabic options. You’ll have a few different voices to choose from.
- Check the box for the voice you want to use. This voice will read back your “OK, Google” results, and will enable you to use “OK, Google” in Arabic.
- You’ll need to stay connected to the internet in order to use “OK, Google” in Arabic, as the Arabic files are not available for offline speech recognition at the time of this writing in October 2016.
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