Type the Degree Symbol in iOS with a Tap & Hold on the 0 Key

Sep 11, 2012 - 5 Comments

How to Type the Degree Symbol on iPhone

Ever wondered how to type the degree symbol on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch virtual keyboard? Me too! Here’s how to do it in the iOS world: you can access the degree sign with a tap and hold the 0 (zero) key, this reveals the degree symbol which can be selected through a pop-up menu that apepars over the key. Just slide your finger over to the ° symbol and it’ll type out the temperature symbol.

This is a piece of cake once you learn, but it’s not immediately obvious by any means, so many users are confused by this. Just remember to tap and hold the Zero key on the keyboard and that’s how you get to the degree symbol, which kind of looks like a tiny zero anyway, right?

Using this trick continues on through all versions of iOS, regardless of what the keyboard looks like in iOS 8 or iOS 6 or whatever else you’re running on that iPhone. Quite unlike OS X and Windows, where you can just hit Option+0 there is no such Option/ALT key, instead you must use the tap-and-hold feature to access many of the alternate key options.

You probably know by now that tapping and holding many keys on the iOS keyboard reveals alternatives, ranging from accented letters to special characters and symbols like this one. If you didn’t know that, now you do.

Don’t miss our past article on how to improve typing on the iOS keyboard with a variety of tricks.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Ken says:

    Option+zero is not the degree sign. It is the masculine ordinal sign for Portuguese and Spanish; a superscript letter O. In some fonts the O is underlined.

    The degree sign is Shift+Option+8.

    I found this out the hard way.

  2. Green says:

    You are right. Option-zero is typographically incorrect as the degree sign. The degree symbol (Shift+Option+8) is a perfect small circle that is baseline shifted and weight balanced. The difference is obvious if you greatly enlarge the two symbols or choose a different font such as Cambria.

  3. Wendell Sharp says:

    Thank you! The above comments are fine for OSBut holding down the zero key works in iOS. Such as: 68°.

  4. Kleefurd says:

    Shift+option+8 or Option+k for the degree symbol in OS X.

    And thanks for helping me find it in iOS! Been hunting high and low for it!

  5. mda says:

    Awesome!! i’ve been looking for this!

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