How do I type Macrons on an Android device?

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ā, ă, ē, ĕ, ī, ū are all easily typable on an Android device by long-pressing the corresponding vowel. So ĭ, ŏ, ō, ŭ, ȳ and y̆ are missing.

For Samsung, I'll quote a post from here, but only in part because that procedure doesn't seem to work for me:

  1. In your browser, find and copy the letter you need from any site.

  2. Go to Settings > Language and input > Samsung keyboard > Predictive text > Text shortcuts.

  3. Here, you can set keyboard shortcuts for whenever you write a certain word. Add a shortcut with your copied letter, and naturally set the corresponding vowel as the needed input for the shortcut to be shown.


I use the Swype keyboard, which has macra available for all vowels except y, by long-pressing the letter. So you could use that.

  • Actually this seems to be true of the standard android keyboard! Thanks! Commented Apr 18, 2019 at 14:31

If you are using the Google Keyboard (GBoard), add the Māori language, and select it while typing by long press on the spacebar.

Then macrons are really easy: just a long press on a vowel, and it switches to the one with a macro.

  • Based on your recomendation, I just switched to Maori in Windows 10; however, I have to press the "tilde" key below the ESC key before pressing the vowel to get a macron. Commented Jan 30, 2022 at 20:20

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