How to Disable Special Characters on Keyboard in Android

If you’ve been using an Android keyboard for any amount of time, chances are you’re familiar with the special characters and symbols that can be typed on it. When you tap and hold a button, the keyboard will display all the different accent variations available for that letter.

It can be pretty annoying when you want to type your password and get a sudden popup of special characters.

How do I turn off special characters on Android?

On Samsung devices this is called “Alternate Characters” and can be disabled.

If you head to Settings > General Management > Language and Input > On-Screen Keyboard > Samsung Keyboard > Style and Layout > Keyboard Layout, you can toggle off the Alternative Characters option from here.

How to Add Special Characters in Android Keyboard

Android has a feature to add special characters, like French accents in the keyboard, but sometimes the default set of characters is not enough for you.

To add your own custom characters, follow these steps:

1. Go to Settings -> Language & Keyboard -> Android Keyboard -> Input Languages

2. Enable the language(s) you want to add extra characters, then press “Select More” (you can select all of them if you want).

3. Go back to “Android Keyboard” and check “Custom Input Styles”. Now go to “Input Language Preferences” and check the language(s) you just selected.

4. Now you can use those languages on the keyboard by changing it with the globe icon. If you already have a character that has a similar accent or umlaut or whatever on it, just long press it and a list of accented versions will pop up. If all else fails, you can try long pressing spacebar until the character shows up.

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