How to Type an Apple Symbol in iOS

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Now that we have Apple Pay and the Apple Watch it looks like Apple may be moving away from their ’90s “i” branding (which originally stood for “Internet”) to a more modern and corporate branded “Apple” naming scheme.

In Apple’s marketing the company is even using the Apple logo in title text to replace the word “Apple.” So for example, Apple Watch is typed out as Watch. If this is a trend moving forward it’s likely you may have a desire to type out that nifty Apple symbol a bit more in your own communication.

Those who have used the Mac for a while may already know that, in many fonts, you can type out the Apple symbol by pressing the Option+Shift+K keys on the keyboard, but what about on iOS? For many extended keys in iOS you can press and hold a key and get additional alternate options.

For example, pressing and holding the ‘e’ key on the iOS keyboard offers up additional accented versions of the ‘e’. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any key in iOS that you can press and hold to get the Apple symbol. So what can you do?

Luckily I’ve worked out a trick using Apple’s Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS that will have you typing out Apple symbols left and right in no time. Here’s how to do it:

1.) You actually need to start on your Mac by opening Mail.app. Compose an email to yourself and in the body type just the Apple symbol  (Option+Shift+K) and hit Send.

Note: Not all fonts have the Apple symbol mapped to Option+Shift+K, so choose one that does, like Helvetica

Send Apple Symbol in Email

Write Yourself a Note

2.) Over on your iOS device open up Mail, open the email you just sent yourself, and copy the Apple symbol from the body of the message.

Copy Apple Symbol in iOS Email

Copy the Symbol

3.) Go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Shortcuts

Access Settings > General > Keyboards > Shortcuts

Shortcuts in iOS

4.) Tap the “+” in the upper right to add a new shortcut.

5.) In the Phrase field tap and paste the Apple symbol

Add Apple Symbol to Phrase Field

Create a New Shortcut

6.) In the Shortcut field type any shortcut you’d like that will be replaced by the Apple symbol. I chose ,apl

7.) Tap Save.

That’s it. Now you can simply type your new shortcut in any iOS app and it should expand into the Apple symbol. As you can see in the screenshot below iOS’s auto correct feature will even suggest the symbol as you type the shortcut. Just remember that not all fonts will map that symbol correctly so if it doesn’t work try another font.

Expanded Apple Symbol in Notes App

Ta-da!

Now you can type all the Apple symbols you desire in iOS

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Comments

BurmaYank

On my Mac, I went into my System Preferences/Keyboard, installed the shortcut, “az” as “”, & that shortcut appeared in my iPhone’s & iPads shortcut settings, Immediately.

Lee Dronick

Thanks for that tip.

I have a unicode app on my iPad that includes an Apple symbol, but I am not sure that it will show up as such on all computers/operating systems. So can you all see it below?

If so let me know what operating system you are using.

Adam Christianson

@BurmaYank: That woks if you use iCloud and have Documents & Data syncing turned on. I’m not sure that is going to carry over into iCloud Documents in iOS 8 or not.

@Lee Dronick: As I mentioned in the article. It’s font dependent. Not all fonts have the Apple symbol mapped to that unicode. The font here on TMO maps it to the Command () symbol as you discovered.

buddhistMonkey

@ BurmaYank ((( ...installed the shortcut, “az” as “”... )))

But what if you want to discuss big band jz, the Amzon rainforest, or The Aming Race?

Adam Christianson

Or what if @BurmaYank was going to travel to Phoenix, AZ? It helps to possibly have a “modifier” symbol in front of the shortcut. I choose a comma like “,az” because 1) you typically type a space after a comma, and 2) the comma in on the iOS keyboard on an iPad without having to go to the secondary “symbol” keyboard.

BurmaYank

Good points, everyone!

What I did just now as I was typing this, ““az” was to click the auto-correction’s opened box’s “x” to defeat the suggested change.

Then, because I like your approaches to solving my problem better than mine, I went back to change my code to “aaz”. 

Why did I not take your specific suggestion, Adam? Because accessing punctuation marks on an iDevice is so much more complicated than merely touching 2 adjacent keys, & I have yet to find a word with “aaz”  in it. (If I do, it’s not hard to just click the “x”  of the auto-correction’s opened box)

Lee Dronick

I have aaaa as my shortcut for 

I have found shortcuts to be very handy on my iPad and have some specific for the BBcode used here, and some other websites, quote, URL, and such. It keeps me from drilling down a few keyboads to get the square bracket.

BurmaYank

Thanks, again to you, Adam, & everyone else.

But especially, to you Lee.  When you suggested doing this with BBcodes a few months ago, I did exactly that, & so I have felt gratitude to you many times ever since, whenever I used them.

Lee Dronick

Your welcome!

CuriousMac

Great Tip!  It would be even better if Mac’s System Preferences Synced its Symbol and Text Substitutions with iCloud, so that the exactly same Keyboard Shortcuts would work on Mac and iOS! And New Shortcuts created on iOS would Sync to Mac! And as part of that Sync the Font Colors would be “respected”!

Eventually I’ll probably get Text Expander, if it could do all that easily! 

This Discussion reminded me of this Topic:

One can not use Apple Symbol - Shift-Option-K on Facebook! As seen here http://j.mp/1pQfe3E I also wonder Why Not?

AKjohn

I have said for years Apple should keep the  on the COmmand key..
But this is a true stroke of genius!
After all there is no Windoze font with the “” moniker in them…

I call this a clever, clever change!

Ryan Walker

Or you could skip the mail bit and copy the  from this page.

paikinho

Don’t know if I will use it, but it is in under aaaa.

CuriousMac

Facebook deletes this Apple Symbol - Shift-Option-K! See the example and Question here http://j.mp/1pQfe3E Can anybody explain Why?

Also, how does one include Clickable Links in the Comments here! This Link Format http://j.mp/1pQfe3E is usually Clickable!

Juan Miguel Flores-Díaz

The easiest way IF YOU HAVE an Apple Wireless Keyboard, select Spanish keyboard and
just type alt-G . Easy!

Darla Mack

Not to bash but this tip has been out since 2011 if not prior. And a quicker step is just copying it and adding it to your keyboard settings in your idevice. My simple short code is <a.

Juan Miguel Flores-Díaz

 @Darla Mack Thanks ma’am!

Lee Dronick

CuriousMac, you can use BBcode. Similar to HTML, but the commands are inside square brackets instead of angle brackets

http://bbcode.org/examples/?id=9

dgerzeeboy

Very CL. Thanks for the tip.

geoduck

I’m just very surprised that it isn’t in the emoji keyboard.

geoduck

But I added it just now. Now I just have to remember to use it 
I did have an evil thought. Add this to someone’s tablet or phone without their knowing. Especially if they have an Android device or a Surface. Especially if you used a common word. Imagine if it put a  every time they entered Microsoft, or Dell or Office. Or better yet if it were a common letter so, for example the letter c were always replaced with an  .

See Edgar Allene Poe story X-Ing a Paragrab.

windrider

In the same manner as BurmaYank, I set the shortcut to the letter “a” entered three times. I can’t think of any English word that uses that letter combination.

Lee Dronick

  I did have an evil thought. Add this to someone’s tablet or phone without their knowing. Especially if they have an Android device or a Surface. Especially if you used a common word. I

While we are at that we could create some public service shortcuts:

LOL becomes laughing out loud, or just laughing.

u become you

r becomes are

And a few more.

Brutno

Geoduck,
Did you add to favorites on an iOS device or a Mac?

I tried to add it to my MBAir but could not find a way to do it. So I searched in the Character Viewer using the  symbol and it found it. I then added it to favorites. Curiously, when the  symbol came up the verbiage associated with it was “Private use area-f8ff”. Anyone know what that means?

Adam Christianson

It would be even better if Mac’s System Preferences Synced its Symbol and Text Substitutions with iCloud, so that the exactly same Keyboard Shortcuts would work on Mac and iOS!

Actually if you’ve enabled Documents & Data syncing in iCloud i believe the shortcuts should sync between your Macs and iDevices

geoduck

Brutno
IOS on my iPad.

Lee Dronick

Curiously, when the  symbol came up the verbiage associated with it was “Private use area-f8ff”. Anyone know what that means?

See this: http://www.unicode.org/faq/private_use.html

Brutno

Geo/Lee - thank you.

windrider

Lee, geoduck, Brutno: on Mavericks the part of System Preferences to do Text Substitutions is under the Keyboard Preference Pane, as shown in this screenshot: http://d.pr/i/5VWM Previous versions of OS X had it under Language & Text. As Adam has said, if you have enabled Documents & Data, the sync happens automatically, provided of course you have enabled it at both ends.

To actually enter  on the Mac the keystroke combination is option-shift-k.

suzanna

Y nt just copy da symbol from here nd past it in shortcut. simple, easy, less time consuming nd it works c for urself

BurmaYank

Suzanna said: “Y nt just copy da symbol from here nd past it in shortcut. simple, easy, less time consuming nod it works c for urself”

Why not just copy the symbol from here, & paste it in a shortcut; simple, easy, less time-consuming ... It works. (See for yourself)?
Because it would actually be more simple,  easy & less time-consuming to simply type “zza”, than to do what you suggested; going to the sample in the text & selecting it there, then typing the “copy” command, then going to where you want to insert it, then typing the paste command.

 

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