How to Add Special Characters and Symbols with Text on iPhone and iPad

Did you know that dozens of special characters and symbols are present in the Apple iOS keyboard, which are not visible? Also, if you have do add a degree symbol to your text on iPhone, how would you do that? In this short post, I will show you how you can quickly type these special characters and symbols on your iPhone without installing any third-party keyboard app.

Using the method shown below you can see and insert accented characters (like é in café), extended punctuation (…), special symbols (°), ligatures (æ), currency symbols (₹) and more, right from your inbuilt iOS keyboard. At the end of this post, I have also listed special characters and symbols which are currently supported.

How to Type Special Characters and Symbols on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. When you are typing in Messages, Notes, Mail etc, touch and hold on the letter, number, or symbol, which has these character(s). See the iPhone special characters list below.

Touch and hold on Letter Number or Symbol in Notes App on iPhone

Step #2. You will see that a pop-up selector shows up.

Check Pop-up selector shows up in Notes App on iPhone

Step #3. Drag your touch to select the desired unique character.

Type Special Characters Symbols with Text on iPhone or iPad

Note: If you leave/lift your touch the pop-up will disappear.

There are a lot of special characters and symbols which are currently supported. In this list below, on the right side of colon (:) is the key you need to press on your iPhone’s keyboard to see the symbols that are on the left of colon.

o : ô ö ò ó œ ø ō õ
a : à á â ä æ ã å ā
s : ß ś š
e : è é ê ë ē ė ę
y : ÿ
u : û ü ù ú ū
I : î ï í ī į ì
/ : \
$ : € £ ¥ ₩ ₹ ¢
& : §
“ : ” ” „ » «
. :
? : ¿
! : ¡
% :
l : ł
z : ž ź ż
c : ç ć č
n : ñ ń
0 : °
– : – — •

So, this is how you can type these uncommon symbols in your text box to make your writing accurate and correct. Educators, learners, students, etc. use these in their papers, office texts, and more. Many people also utilize them to make their Instagram and Twitter profile description look different. Whatever be your need, I just showed you how you could insert these special words and signs in your text on your iPhone. You can do the same with your Mac keyboard.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.