How to Type Vietnamese on iPhone, iPad

Here is how I enable Vietnamese writing on my iPhone 4. It might work on the iPod touch and iPad as well.

Enable the Vietnamese Keyboard

  1. Pre IOS 7: On the iPhone, go to Settings, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards, and Add new Keyboard…
  2. IOS 7: Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard
  3. Select the Vietnamese keyboard from the list and add
  4. Exit out of the Settings

Typing Vietnamese

On the soft keyboard, a new button appears to the left of the spacebar and it has the picture of the globe. This button switches the keyboard from English to Vietnamese and back. Once switched to Vietnamese, the following key combinations are available:

Vietnamese Characters
  • aa – â
  • aw – ă
  • ee – ê
  • oo – ô
  • ow – ơ
  • uw – ư
  • dd – đ
Diacritical Symbols
  • as – á
  • af – à
  • ar – ả
  • ax – ã
  • aj – ạ


Thank you Mr. Chien Nguyen for his wonderful tip. I found I use it more than my own tip.

You can also hold down a vowel, then iPhone 4 (maybe other iPhones as well) will prompt you a set of characters with accents for that vowel. You then just select the one that you want.

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43 thoughts on “How to Type Vietnamese on iPhone, iPad

  1. rungrinh

    Wonderful blog, Hai. I’ve used iPhone since they first came out … but never knew how to type Vietnamese on it. Thank you very much for posting these helpful instructions.

  2. Chien Nguyen

    You can also hold down a vowel, then iPhone 4 (maybe other iPhones as well) will prompt you a set of characters with accents for that vowel. You then just select the one that you want.

  3. An Nguyen

    Có một vấn đề là khi sent text messages dùng tiếng Việt hoặc email qua người khác, chữ tiếng Việt bị mất dấu hoặc mất chữ. Chẳng hạn như chữ “ôm” thì thành “^m” hay “?m”

    Có cách nào chữa được không?

    Cám ơn nhiều!

  4. tom.

    Hello Anh Hai.
    Please how to type ` on iphone. Ex: tung` ( dau’ huyen` not on the top of letter u ) Thanks a lot.

  5. An Nguyen

    á – s
    à – f
    ả – r
    ã – x
    ạ – j
    ă – w
    ư – w

    If you remember those, you will be set to go.

  6. Phan Hải

    Cám ơn anh Hải nhiều. Với bạn An Nguyễn, nếu E-Mail người khác không cài đặt Unicode thì tiếng Việt sẽ bị như trên.

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  8. Duong nguyen

    Thank you, Hai!I just got a brand new Ipad. Struggle to find how to use both Vietnamese and English.Your help is great!I really enjoy Ipad now.Thanks again!Duong

  9. Phatua

    Khi bỏ dấu các bạn nên bỏ ngay trên nguyên âm sẽ tránh được những vấn đề nói trên

  10. Mai

    Chien Nguyen (posted above) co’ cho 1 tip rat hay. When you type a vowel, hold down the vowel key, then iPhone will display all accents for you to select. Khi danh chu ca^`n da^’u, giu ngo’n tay tren chu, thi’ du. a, o, i, e, u, iPhone se hien tat ca da^’u cho ban. chon. lua. Cam o’n.

  11. thinho

    Còn dấu nầy thì bấm làm sau ặ ( nặng nề ) ự , ừ, ồ . ờ .Còn thiếu nhiều qúa ,Bạn có cách nào đánh cho nó đầy đủ hết ko?

  12. Dac Ng

    Cảm ơn Hải post trang này lên và chỉ dẫn Anh em đánh tiếng Việt có dấu.hiện tôi đang sử dụng iPad.lâu nay tôi không biết iPad có cài sẵn vietkey và cũng không biết on Vietkyboard lên.Thật cám ơn Hải nhiều và đã chỉ dẫn bà con dùng Vietkeyboard trên iPad ,iPhone .

  13. Phuong Pham

    I have a new IPhone 5s and I try to download Vietkey or unicode to type in Vietnamese but it is unsuccessful.
    Please help

  14. Hai Post author

    @Phuong Pham: I have updated the instruction to add Vietnamese keyboard for IOS 7, which your iPhone 5s runs on. You do not need Vietkey to type Vietnamese on the iPhone.

  15. P. Hoang

    Thank you for the postings. Can the mapping be changed? For example, instead of typing aw for ă, can it be mapped to say a(

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