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Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard for iOS Systems

Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard App

Abyssinica Amharic is a complete Amharic solution to your iOS devices. It brought Amharic to one of the top languages supporting predictive typing. Download Abyssinica Amharic on iTunes App Store.


Abyssinica Amharic provides the following functionalities all in one.

  1. Amharic Keyboard - Works on any App on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Simple to use Amharic Keyboard. You can switch between keyboards in just one button click.
  2. Amharic Predictive Typing - Our intelligent algorithm knows what you would likely type next and provides you possible suggestions.
  3. Amharic Spellchecker - No worries on misspelled words, Abyssinica provides you corrections while typing.
  4. Safe and Secure -  Your keystroke data is safe and do not go anywhere else other than the app that is using the keyboard.


Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard is an intelligent iOS Amharic Keyboard with predictive text suggestion feature. It is the smartest Amharic Keyboard ever. This documentation guides you to the details of Abyssinica Keyboard and how to use it. Please refer to https://blog.abyssinica.com/post/ios-amharic-keyboard-installation for Abyssinica Keyboard installation and configuration on your iOS device.

How to use Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard?

Tap on a character key to type the 'Sadis' Ethiopic character shown on the key. Tap and swipe left or right to type other characters of the same family as the displayed Sadis characters.

NOTE: Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard detects your finger position anywhere on the board below the popover bar. Swipe below the popover bar so that your finger doesn't cover the characters. (In the below picture, my finger was just on top of the letter 'ፕ'. I can move my finger left towards 'ግ' or to the backspace on the right, so I can clearly see the selected character on the popover.)

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Why Abyssinica Keyboard defaults to Sadis Ethiopic characters?

As per our research and EthioCloud Amharic language processing tool, the most spoken and written Amharic characters are the Sadis characters. For instance, the Top three most written Amharic characters are ን, ም & ት. Please, refer to Amharic Page for more information and facts on Amharic language.

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Spelling Corrections

Abyssinica Keyboard checks spelling errors while you are typing and provides you appropriate suggestions. For Instance, when you type 'ጥን' It is obvious that this is a misspelled word. Abyssinica provides you more likely suggestions for you. You can tap on the one that is more appropriate for you. In this case Abyssinica replaces the misspelled word by the one you chosen.

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Predictive Text Suggestions

Abyssinica's intelligent algorithm is capable of suggesting the next likely word that would go next to the last word you typed. Fore instance, When you type space after the word 'ጤና' it suggests you the next possible words after word 'ጤና'. You may tap on your choice to insert the next word.

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Abyssinica provides 3 suggestions for portrait and 4 for landscape and iPad views. Suggestions may not be always available for every word you typed.


Double space

Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard automatically inserts Ethiopic period '።' upon double space tapping.


The Globe key

The globe key on the bottom left side of the keyboard helps you to switch between keyboards. Tap on the Globe key to switch to the default keyboard or to switch back to Abyssinica Keyboard.

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Shift Key

The keyboard changes to Shift Key view when you tap on the shift key (↑). It automatically changes to the normal keyboard view upon typing. Keys that change on shift  are indicated by labels.

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Ethiopic Numerals

Tap on ፩፪፫ to change the keyboard to Numerals key. This keyboard view also contains decimal numerals and punctuations.

Amharic Keyboard for iOS


Extended Ethiopic Numerals and Symbols

Tap on #፻:- to change the keyboard to special symbols and extended Ethiopic numerals

Amharic Keyboard for iOS

Keyboard Safety and User Privacy

As per Apple's documentation, there are two kinds of iOS custom keyboards.

  1. Standard Keyboard: is the safest and trusted by design. No full access required for the keyboard to function.
    • It has no ability to participate directly or indirectly in iCloud, Game Center, or In-App Purchase. 
    • Keystroke data do not go anywhere else other than the app that is using the keyboard.
  2. Non-standard, or Open access Keyboard: requires full access including network access to function.
    • Keyboard can send keystrokes and other input events to somewhere outside of the keyboard context.

Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard is standard keyboard and meets Apple’s data privacy guidelines. Abyssinica Keyboard has no ability to communicate outside of the keyboard context as mentioned above. Keystrokes go only to the app that is using the keyboard.  

How do I know if the Keyboard is Standard or Open Access?

The security concerns related to Open Access keyboards are associated with their ability to transmit the user’s keystrokes and potentially other sensitive data to developers’ servers. Open Access keyboards require user permission to allow "full access" during the installation. You will see the below screen when you are installing Open Access keyboards.



According to Apple's documentation, network access for standard keyboards is disabled by default. Standard keyboards do not require "full access" permission during installation. So, you will not see the above screen when you install standard keyboards such as Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard.

If you want to use the safest keyboard, Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard is your number one choice.


Abyssinica Amharic Keyboard App

Go and get Abyssinica Amharic for your iOS devices and enjoy typing Amharic on any app supporting custom keyboards.
Download Abyssinica Amharic on iTunes App Store.


Please contact us for any questions or support.

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