More than one language on your BlackBerry? Make that "bug" go away

Hide that language bug!
By Joseph Holder on 3 Jun 2011 10:20 am EDT

CrackBerry Tip of the Day #1

Puedo hablar (más o menos) dos idiomas, español e ingles. En éste mundo, es una buena habilidad de tener. Usualamente escribo a maqunina en ingles; pero a veces, necesito usar español en mi BlackBerry... Oops.

I really do speak two languages, conversationally at least. I may miss a verb conjugation here and there, but I'm not bad at it. I'll put it this way: I can think in Spanish. Like many in our worldwide audience I have more than one language installed on my BlackBerry. The Spanish alphabet has more letters than English; so I need the other language for those extra characters and accents. Typically, I'll switch to Spanish for a few messages and then switch back to English.

Very helpfully, the BlackBerry lets me know what language I'm using when typing. It puts a little black box in the corner representing the selected language. It does this all the time, and it's what is supposed to happen. For me though, that little EN is unnecessary and annoying. I know what language I'm using, I don't need to be reminded each time I type an email!

It's a trivial annoyance, I know; but if it annoys me, it probably annoys someone else. Here's how to turn that off. Open your options menu; choose Typing and Input, then Languages. Scroll down to the bottom where you'll see Display Icon. Select Hide from the drop-down list. No more annoying black box. Again, I know it's a minor annoyance. But for some reason, it annoys me all the more knowing a just a minor tweak will make it all go away.

Reader comments

More than one language on your BlackBerry? Make that "bug" go away


I know how to turn it off, but here's another suggestion ;)

set it to automatic and enable quick switch instead.
fast and easy, just hit alt+enter

for a moment i though you were going to give us a tip so we don't get the notification to delete languages every now and then. I got Italian, Spanish and English on my phone and every few weeks after i unlock to make a call or type something i get a screen asking me to delete extra languages

I had this issue on my old 9000, one of my friends put it into Spanish because they thought it would be funny and I never could get it to go away. I have since passed the phone on to my mother when I updated to the 9800. I will have to snag it from her next time I see her and turn it off. Thanks for the tip!

I don't understand why that is annoying. I actually like it so I know what language setting i'm in. Just my opinion.

Awesome tip!

The icon would often keep displaying even when I was outside of a message (even though it was set to automatic) and it kept me from seeing things like my cell signal and battery.

Thanks Joseph !

Got Portuguese (I'm in Brasil, makes only sense I guess) and English on my device. It is a pain in the ass because RIM seems to think I need the PT_PT modules in as well. But neither the BB OS nor I do. So every OS update/load, I need to remove those blasted files...

If I don't do that, I get two portuguese entries and both show the same PT. ><

I don't even switch languages, whenever I need to type in any special characters like that funny N in spanish or the umlauts in German, I just hold down the a o or u letter and scroll with the trackpad

I do the same for short messages in Spanish. But for lengthier messages, I switch languages so that spell check can be used. Spell check is also the reason that in addition to Spanish and American English, I also have British English installed on my BB. When I am writing something for overseas eyes, it is helpful not to have spell check flag British variants of words such as "colour" and "grey."

OMG it works!!! That's been annoying me forever....

I'm on OS 5 , but it's similar. You go to Options, Language and Text Input, under Language ID, Select Hide.

I'm amazed with the quantity of technologically (perhaps not only that) retarded people that read this blog.

I thought I would have read plenty of comments to laugh at an article like this.

I hope tomorrow I wont see an article that say that if you hold down the red button the phone switches off.