Top 5 free Chinese handwriting input for Android

I hardly find a good Chinese handwriting input for Android last year. But there are several Chinese handwriting recognition IME for Android right now. And most of them are free to download. Android market is getting bigger and bigger. But some of the IMEs do not handwriting support even it mentions that it has. Anyway, here is the top 5 free Chinese handwriting recognition input for your Android phone…

Baidu IME 百度输入法 (拼音笔画五笔手写)

  • 丰富输入方式 – 支持拼音输入法(包括全拼、双拼)、笔画输入法、五笔输入法、智能英文输入法、手写输入法等
  • 虚拟键盘支持26键盘和9宫键盘模式
  • 丰富的词库功能 – 百度强大的中文搜索技术下,提炼出来最适合手机的近9万精准词组。
  • 个性化功能

Personally, I like its full screen Chinese handwriting mode. Perfect for small screen phone. And the text suggestion is working great too.

Baidu IME 百度输入法 (拼音笔画五笔手写)

gPen Handwriting IME (中文手写输入法)
Bonus point – you can type English and Chinese handwriting at the same page. And love its text suggestion function too.

gPen Handwriting IME (中文手写输入法)



GO Keyboard + CNHandwriting
GO Keyboard supports lot of languages. You can add them as addon like CNHandwriting for GO Keyboard.

CNHandwriting for GO Keyboard

Hanwang IME for Android

  • Supports Chinese character recognition in free-style
  • Supports English words recognition in Cursive handwriting style
  • Supports handwriting gestures
  • Supports full screen and magic grid input
  • Supports user dictionary
  • Supports multi-font settings
  • Supports prediction (predicting Chinese phrase or Pinyin prediction)
  • Supports 3 UI languages: Simplified, Traditional, English

Too bad, it is 15 days trial version only.

Hanwang IME for Android

Which Chinese handwriting recognition input do you prefer?


  1. Haha thanks 😀

    Love your blog! Are you changing to other phones any time soon?
    HD2 is getting old…

    Bought mine in Dec 2009

    • I bought mine at the same time as yours too. 🙂

      Yes, HTC HD2 is getting old. Thinking of changing to Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC EVO 3D. But most of the Android software (except 3D games) can be ran at HD2 too. Maybe I will skip this generation phone and wait for quad core… 😀

  2. Hi Jayce,
    I am using a english window7 tablet PC. and need to write chinese.Could you pls.recommend me a chinese writting software that run on window 7 OS.

  3. I have problem with my chinese input after i update my SG2 to android 2.3.5. When i use chinese language to write my message, it will show that ” the message may be corrupted on recipient device. Change input mode to antomatic.” How to solve this problem??

  4. Thanks for the very helpful writeup.

    >>Which Chinese handwriting recognition input do you prefer?

    Right now, I’m going to go with Hanwang because it has the MAJOR advantage of not requiring internet permissions.

    All the other IMEs require a bloated and pretty indefensible list of permissions, including Internet Access. Hangwang only requires “Read phone state and identity”, nothing else. Pretty important given an IME reads everything you enter. 😉

  5. I try a few of Chinese input. They support well in Simplify but not Traditional.
    I notice a few word cannot recognise on Traditional Chinese. They will simply showing simplify Chinese instead.

    For the same token, it will not happen on IOS, Symbian, mango and brew.

    Andriod OS try on 2.3 and gingerbread. I have not try it on ice-cream as I don’t have.


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