How to type diacritics on iPhone

When you look at the iPhone keyboard, you see standard alphabets and symbols. So, if you want to type complex words like cafe , you might ask how do I put that tiny line (accent mark) on top of e ! Do not worry. It’s simple, and in this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to enter diacritical marks on iPhone.

What are diacritical marks?

According to, a diacritic mark is a symbol that tells the reader how to pronounce a letter. For example, the tiny symbol above the e in the word cafe means that you should pronounce the e as ‘ ay ,’ like in a cafe .

Diacritics are also called diacritics, diacritics, diacritics, or accented marks. Such characters can be line, dot, wavy lines, etc. They usually appear above or below a letter, and in some cases between two letters. You can find out more on this Wikipedia page .

Now that you have the basic idea, let me show you how to do it using the iPhone keyboard.

How to type accent marks on iPhone

  1. Open any application like Notes, Messages, etc. where you can type.
  2. Press and hold a keyboard key to see accents and accents.
  3. Swipe to the desired accent.
  4. Lift your finger to enter the highlighted accented character within the text box.

Important: not all alphabets support this. For example, if you press and hold the q key, nothing would happen. IPhone keyboard keys that support accented letters: a, c, e, i, l, n, o, s, u, y, z.

Additional Information: Not only alphabetic keys, but even symbolic keys such as $, ‘, -, &, etc., show additional punctuation marks when pressed for a long time.

Note : If you are using an iPhone with 3D Touch (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max), long pressing a keyboard key will raise the cursor … Thus, on these models, press and hold the key lightly (instead of forcefully) to display accents.

This is how you can get and use diacritics with your iPhone keyboard. Most third party iOS keyboards like SwiftKey also support this. The steps are the same. Just press and hold the key!

Finally, if you are using an external keyboard on your iPad, you can enter accented characters by pressing and holding the Option key and then pressing the accented key.

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