Typing in a foreign language on an Apple iPhone sometimes requires special characters in the text, such as accents or umlauts. This functionality was added to the iPhone's touchscreen keyboard early in its life, but you won't always find instructions in the device's official manual. If you type regularly in an alternative language, you can add an international keyboard layout that you can switch to by pressing the globe icon next to the space bar.
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Enter an iPhone application that allows you to enter text, such as "Notes."
Hold your finger on the letter on the on-screen keyboard to which you want to add a special symbol, such as an umlaut.
Select the letter that features an umlaut from the menu that appears. The iPhone inserts the selected letter with an umlaut character.
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