How do I type Macrons on an Android device?


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.

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

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  • Actually this seems to be true of the standard android keyboard! Thanks! – John Lawrence Aspden Apr 18 '19 at 14:31

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