iOS 16 adds native support for the Dvorak keyboard layout on iPhone, giving users an alternative to the standard QWERTY layout. A newly added option was commented @aaronp613 and another in July, but the feature remained largely under the radar until it was highlighted this week Ars Technica and The Verge.


Dvorak was designed to make two-handed typing faster and more ergonomic compared to QWERTY. Patented by August Dvorak in 1936, the layout reduces finger movements by placing all vowels in the middle row on the left side of the keyboard, while commonly used consonants are placed on the right side. Since typing on the iPhone only involves your thumbs, Dvorak on the iPhone isn’t as convenient.

On an iPhone updated to iOS 16, the Dvorak layout can be enabled in the Settings app under General → Keyboard → Keyboard → English → Dvorak along with the existing QWERTY, AZERTY, and QWERTZ options. Dvorak is available for English only.

Prior to iOS 16, using Dvorak on iPhone required installing a third-party keyboard from the App Store or connecting a capable external hardware keyboard. Dvorak has also long been supported on Macs and can be enabled in System Preferences under Keyboard → Input Sources by clicking the plus sign and selecting the Dvorak option.

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