Since I need to type in Hindi (Devnagari script) frequently and since I am not any good at typing in traditional Hindi keyboard I have to depend upon some Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool as my only long term savior and partner.
For this position, I had been using Google Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool for last few years. It is sad that Google has stopped providing this Google Input Tool anymore and has replaced it with its online tool I had to look for an alternate.
There are a few solutions one can try as an alternate for
Google’s Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool installed on your computer.
Solution 1: Find and Install old Google Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool
Thanks to this video, I found an old version of Google Input Tools here. To be safe, I copied it to my Google Drive. A link is here. Once you download and install it, you should be good at typing in phonetic Hindi once again.
Solution 2: Install Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool
I found two more software. First one is Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool which works great and is an effective alternate to Google Hindi Input Tool. Installation exe could be downloaded here. Once installed there should be a new option available in your language bar. See below.
When this tool is active it lets you type phonetically in your MS Word document or in any other place such as browser window. See below.
Solution 3: Install Hindi Indic Input 2
Second one is Hindi Indic Input 2 is an another alternate to Google Hindi Input Tool. Install-able exe file could be downloaded here. This is a zip file so extract/unzip it into a new folder and run the exe file. Once installed there should be a new option available in your language bar. See below.
Now open a Word document and type something. This tool gives a detailed list of words related to currently typed letter. See below.
I think this is an useful addition to this Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool as it gives you an idea of the possible combination you may try to obtain a desired output from your key strokes. I really found it useful and give it a try when typing new articles in Hindi.
Solution 4: Extension for Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool ( Browser Only)
If you are using Google chrome there is an extension you can use to type in Hindi online. Here is the link to extension page. I used it for some time. In fact it worked great for some time but then it stopped to show word prediction when you typed a word.
Word prediction or suggest is very important feature when typing in
Hindi Phonetic Typing Tool or in any other regional language tool I think. Since this feature stopped to show word suggestions, the typed words were mostly incorrect and hence I had no option but to look for an alternate to this extension.
Method 5: Using Google Translate (Online)
You can use Google Translate website for typing in Hindi language. It gives an option for voice typing as well. In fact Voice Typing in Hindi is a revolutionary feature which gives much faster and hands-free user experience to the writer to write quickly and efficiently. I will post a new article on voice typing in Hindi soon.