I have just purchased an iPhone, and I am unable to locate the comma and period buttons on the keyboard when composing text on Whatsapp.
I can access the comma and period button only if I press the ‘123’ button. This is not acceptable. I want the buttons to be displayed on the ‘home’ keyboard.
First, you can use two spaces to type a period plus a space. Try it.
Second, you can tap the 123 button, then with your finger still down, slide over to the period or comma buttons and release. So in one motion you can type either of these. After a few times it becomes second nature and it is only a little more effort than if those keys were visible in the first place. And that works for any key there and the Shift key too.
See https://macmost.com/10-tips-to-help-you-type-faster-on-your-iphone.html for more iPhone keyboard typing tips.
Other than that, you can always go to the App Store and get a third-party keyboard. Perhaps a few of them feature a period or comma in a better position.
Thank you for the quick response. Apple must be the only mobile phone supplier that does not have the comma and period buttons displayed on the primary keyboard layout.
Two third-party keyboards for iOS that are regularly recommended by users are Gboard by Google and Swift by Microsoft.