How to make typing  on iOS as easy as :)

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Apple Watch. Apple Pay. Apple TV. Apple has gone crazy for, uh apple.

Not a single new “i” product was revealed on Tuesday, which is a good thing according to the guy that invented Apple’s i-conic naming structure, but kind of annoying when repeatedly referring to Apple Watch in texts.

Apple’s own marketing materials shorten the name by using “Watch”, which is super easy to type on OS X  by pressing Option + Shift + K to pull up the  character, but typing it on an iPhone or iPad is literally impossible. Luckily, our friend Adam Christianson at MacObserver has a quick tip that puts the  on your iPhone keyboard with simple shortcut.

“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. 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.”

From there you can just create a regular keyboard shortcut for  by going to Settings > General > Keyboards > Shortcuts. Tap the + and then paste  into the phrase field, and then type “aapl” or the text of your choosing in the shortcut field.

Boom. Now you can send an Apple logo quicker than an emoji.

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Source: MacObserver

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  • Hmm. Nice tip but what if I were to send this to someone that doesn’t have an iPhone? Is the apple symbol () part of the unicode standard or will other devices choke and just show a blank box?

    • Nem Wan

      It will only show in an Apple-supplied font.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Use_Areas#U.2BF8FF

    • hhy2k

      I don’t think so… Such a fail! It is all question marks on any other device!

    • Tallest Skil

      It’s a Unicode standard character, but Windows renders it as the Windows logo.

  • .rev

    Or copy it from the article and stay on the couch.

  • Jesse Hayges

    Or… Or… Just copy and paste the  from the above post into the keyboard shortcuts page in settings. I just did that. Easy as pie.

    • Darla Mack

      Yup… That’s what I did 4 years ago and it’s carried on through iOS updates since then.

  • Noname

    Cool. I just saw this discussed on TMO and this Question came up:

    One can not use Apple Symbol – Shift-Option-K on Facebook! As seen here http://j.mp/1pQfe3E

    I also wonder Why Not?!

  • Jekahog

      

  • Tim

    There’s also apps out there that let you get that character and a lot more too. UniChar is my favorite.

  • iPhoneEnEspanol

    A lot of squares in this article and comments in Windows…. :)

  • Allen Woo

    Just use the simbol app on the iPhone.

  • KenFromEmpowerMac

    I did this yesterday but made other shortcuts: aaw = Watch, aap = Pay, aaaa = 

  • Ari Rando

    Guys, this is pretty cool! Thanks for the tip. Have updated all my phone/email signatures and keyboard with it!! :D

  • Nhat Huynh

    Or you just create a keyboard shortcut right on your Mac, perfectly synced to your iPhone. Done!

  • Joseph

    you can also just imessage yourself and copy the  from there.

  • Ricardo Campelo de Magalhaes

    I just used this article to do it.
    No need of an email just to copy the  ;)

  • Dan Johansen

    Your MAC shortcut do not work on Scandinavian keyboards .
    It is Option + A .. and you will get  ;)

  • Gregory Dworak

    I use an app called Simbol. Much easier and it gives you a whole slew of easily accessed symbols. Much easier than your solution.

  • Logan Lorenz

    Or just copy/paste it from this article like I did. . I also added it to my keyboard shortcuts for  Pay and  Watch.

  • Pablo González

    option+G if writing in spanish keyb…

  • You could also use Glyphboard. http://mrgan.com/gb

  • JSintheStates

    Credit where credit’s due! Clever!

  • MacsAre1

    On Android, Zite shows the Apple symbol as the Cmd symbol and Chrome just shows a space. So I don’t know why you would want to use this symbol in any communications. It’s not Emoji.

  • so, you need finally to type 4 signs to get 1. Clever…

    • Herbal.Ed

      So, smart guy, tell us how to do it quicker.

      • I have a winner here. I was JUST noticing in a SARCASTIC way, in a kind of FUNNY way, how we needed to type 4 symbols to make 1.
        That’s it. I’m pretty sure you are much more clever than me. Is it ok with your ego?

  • Jorge I. Hernandez

    let’s see…  Hey! it works!

  • Robert Olmstead

    It will also work using iMessage on your Mac pr should I say Message.