How to Type Umlaut Letters on an iPhone

By Julius Vandersteen

The iPhone has a touch-sensitive screen that you tap to type texts.
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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.

Step 1

Press the iPhone’s “Home” button to go to the home screen.

Step 2

Tap the “Notes” icon to use the iPhone’s native app for writing notes.

Step 3

Tap the “+” sign to create a new document. The virtual keyboard appears.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.