Type the Degree Symbol on iPhone with iOS Keyboard 0 Key

Sep 11, 2012 - 8 Comments

Type a degree symbol on iPhone keyboard

Ever wondered how to type the degree symbol on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch virtual keyboard on iOS? I did too, but not to worry, typing the universal symbol for temperature is really quite easy, here’s what you need to do.

How to Find and Type the Degree Symbol on the iOS Keyboard

From the iOS keyboard on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. First hit the “123” button to see the numerical keypad
  2. Now you can access the degree sign with a tap and hold the 0 (zero) key
  3. This will reveal the degree symbol, this can be selected through a pop-up menu that appears 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 how to find the temperature symbol, but it’s not immediately obvious by any means, so many users are confused by this and understandably so. 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 9 or iOS 6 or whatever else you’re running on that iPhone. Quite unlike typing it on the Mac with 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.

By the way, this looks a tad different in various versions of iOS and depending on what keyboard you’re using in iOS, but the degree symbol is always accessible from the 0 key like this.

How to Type the Degree Symbol on iPhone
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. Erick Zind says:

    Thank you! The above comments are fine for O SBut holding down the zero key works in iOS. Such as: 75°.

  2. Marie says:

    When I held the 0 I did get the degrees symbol but the 0 was highlighted. I was unable to use the degree symbol as it kept placing a 0 there. Any ideas? Thank you

  3. mda says:

    Awesome!! i’ve been looking for this!

  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. Wendell Sharp says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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