How to write, type, listen to, and dictate Cantonese on your Google Android phone or tablet.
To input Chinese Cantonese by Handwriting or strokes:
Now, wherever you see the keyboard, you can Hold the Globe icon ( 🌐 ) and select the keyboard you want.
Cantonese can be typed using different romanization (pronunciation) methods. These include Jyutping (粵拼 | jyut⁶ ping³), Yale (耶魯 | yèh-lóuh), Sidney Lau, Cantonese Pinyin and Guangdong.
Jyutping and Yale are two of the most popular Cantonese input methods. Jyutping is more modern, technologically recognized, phonetically accurate, and intuitive to native Cantonese and IPA users. Yale is more intuitive to native English speakers, has a longer history, and can be found in traditional textbooks. It is easy to switch between both (jyut⁶ ping³, yèh lóuh).
To type Cantonese on Android:
Now, wherever you see the keyboard, you can Hold the Globe icon ( 🌐 ) and select Cantonese Pinyin keyboard.
To get your Android phone to read out Cantonese Chinese text (Text to Speech):
Now, whenever you see Cantonese Chinese Text, you can listen to it by:
To input Cantonese Chinese by speaking to your Android Phone (via Speech to Text, Dictation):
Now, wherever you see the keyboard, you can tap the Dictation button ( ) and start speaking in Cantonese.
Google's Voice Assistant supports Cantonese on some Android phones. See if Cantonese is supported on your Android Phone with these instructions.
Google Home does NOT currently support Cantonese. If you want to see Google support Cantonese – please let Google know.
You can write your own message, or copy the following:
"Please add support for Cantonese (廣東話 | 粵語) on all Google Assistant devices, including Google Home." Copy
Send your message by: Activating Google Assistant (?) > Say “Send Feedback”
Note: The information here is based on a Google Pixel 2, running Android 8.1.0.