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.

1

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

2

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

3

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

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.

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.

Tip

  • You can use the iPhone’s virtual keyboard to type umlauts in any app that uses the keyboard.

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About the Author

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.

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