German character "ß" (ess-tset) on iPhone keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by 3Gmatt, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. 3Gmatt macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2008

    I have searched the forum and not found a solution.

    How do I type the "ß" (ess-tset, or in German, Eszett) character on my iPhone keyboard (3G, 2.2)? Umlauts are not a problem as you simply hold down the vowel key, but I can't find the ß anywhere.


  2. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    You'll probably kick yourself, but...hold down the s key.
  3. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    option + s on a Mac (for anyone interested in doing the same thing).

    Interestingly I think this is one example where a virtual keyboard has a fixed, physical one beat. You can't hold down a key on a physical keyboard to see more options.
  4. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    I think you need to add the German keyboard first though (Settings > General > Keyboard > International Keyboards ). ß wasn't available in the UK, French or Romanian keyboards.
  5. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Yes it is, I just tried it on my UK 3G phone. It won't show up if you have the Shift key highlighted, but if you hold down the 's' key without Shift you'll see 'ß' as the first option in the list.
  6. 3Gmatt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2008
    Thanks, I was trying every key with Shift highlighted, ha ha. Consider myself kicked :p

    Agreed, it's brilliant in that respect. Slightly o/t, but I am looking forward to the day when we have a keyboard-sized touch panel instead... totally re-configurable, oh yes :cool:
  7. George Wilson macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Has this possibility disappeared since iOS6?

    The function of switching to the German keyboard, then pressing and holding the letter 's', no longer displays the 'ess-tset'. Have I missed something?

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