How To Type Special Characters on an iOS 10 Device

Posted in How To, iOS on 16/02/2017 by Chris Hauk


Recently, we showed you how to insert special characters into documents on the Mac. The iOS 10 Virtual Keyboard also has the capability to insert special characters. Here’s how.

How To Type Special Characters on an iOS 10 Device

From time to time, you may need to insert special characters into your iOS 10 documents, emails, and text messages. Instead of a “$” sign, you might need to use the “£” symbol. You might need to insert an “é” instead of an “e” into an important document. The iOS 10 virtual keyboard is completely capable of entering characters like this, you just have to know the trick to finding them.

How To Type Special Characters on an iOS 10 Device

The way you type special symbols and characters on an iOS 10 keyboard is so simple, that we don’t even need to offer you a list of numbered steps showing how to do it.

How To Type Special Characters on an iOS 10 Device

Simply tap and hold on a character on the keyboard and you’ll see a list of available special characters appear above the letter. While holding down on the screen with your finger, simply slide up and highlight the desired character with your finger. Lift your finger. The highlighted character will be entered into the text field you’re typing in.

That’s all there is to it. Really!

Now, you could stumble around and check all of the special characters that are available from your iPhone or iPad’s virtual keyboard, (and if the adventurous type, go right ahead), or you can check out the handy list printed below. (We’re helpers. We like to help.)

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

(Thanks to iMore for the special characters list.)


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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