How to Type Umlaut Letters on an iPhone
By Julius Vandersteen
When you are writing something with your iPhone and need to type a word that requires an umlaut, such as a German term, you can use the device’s virtual keyboard to produce the correct character. An umlaut is a pair of dots that appears above a vowel, such as an “A” or a “U.” You need to take an extra step while typing on your iPhone to access accented characters, such as those that use umlauts.
Press the iPhone’s “Home” button to go to the home screen.
Tap the “Notes” icon to use the iPhone’s native app for writing notes.
Tap the “+” sign to create a new document. The virtual keyboard appears.
Touch the key for the vowel that you want to type with an umlaut. For example, touch the letter “U” and hold it until the letter’s accent options menu appears.
Slide your finger over the options to select the letter with an umlaut above it and then release your finger to type a “U” with an umlaut.
- You can use the iPhone’s virtual keyboard to type umlauts in any app that uses the keyboard.
Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.