As a bilingual user, this is something that have frustrated me for a while now.

The OS defaults to changing the keyboard layout along with the input language. However, physical keys don’t move around just because you decide to write in a different language.

When using a physical keyboard on my iPad or iOS devices, I really would like to be able to type Norwegian, English (US) and English (UK) text without changing the keyboard layout at all.

Can it be done, or will I just have to either disable spell checking or live with key placements changing with every input language?

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With the keyboard connected, Go to settings/general/keyboard/hardware keyboard and for English tap over at the right edge. You will get a list of layouts to choose from. Instead of “automatic”, select Norwegian or whatever layout you prefer. Do the same for other languages you need to spellcheck.

  • Funny how I never saw the hardware keyboard option before you mentioned it.
    – Roy
    Mar 6, 2020 at 8:00
  • @Roy It does disappear if the keyboard is not connected. Mar 6, 2020 at 13:00

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