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Flick input - an input method commonly used with smartphones in Japan - allows you to flick a character in a direction to quickly type kana. Just tapping instead of flicking gives you a kana with the 'a' vowel. Tapping the same character more than once iterates through the vowels, in a loop. How do you type the same 'a' vowel character twice?

E.g. ああ, かか, ささ

The way I've been doing it, for as long as I can remember, is to tap the character once, add a space, a backspace and then type it again. I'm hoping there is a more elegant solution.

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Basically, you just need to turn off the old-style phone input, so tapping doesn't cycle through the available options anymore. That way you can just tap あ twice in rapid succession to type ああ.

On an iPhone, you can set フリックのみ under the keyboard settings. I'm sure you can do this on Android keyboards as well, although I don't have an Android phone myself.

  • There was a setting in Android 8 under [System] → [Languages & Input] → [Virtual Keyboard] → [Google Japanese Input] → [Keyboard Layout] → [Input style for 12 keys layout] – Amani Kilumanga Oct 9 '17 at 23:31

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