Apologies for what is definitely a very obvious beginner question but I’m not the most high-tech guy in the world and I’m really struggling to work this one out. I installed the Japanese keyboard on my iPhone and it pops up as a grid of nine hiragana. I know how to click on each hiragana character to (slowly) type words in hiragana and I can change them to katakana too. But if I’m trying to add simple kanji to a sentence I’m typing (in, say, Whatsapp), I have no idea how.
For example, if I want to type 先生 (which I’ve just copied and pasted!), how would I do that? The only way I can find is to type each hiragana in (せんせい) and then it offers me the kanji. Is there a quicker way I’m missing or is this just how typing on a phone works? Is this how a Japanese person would do it?
Sorry, I know this is all over the internet but I’ve googled a whole bunch of sites and just can’t seem to figure it out.