How do you type the  Apple symbol on your iPhone or iPad? After posting the keyboard shortcuts roundup yesterday, I was flooded with requests (and suggestions!) for just exactly that. Some want to use it to save characters on Twitter, others to properly render Pay or Watch. Whatever the reason, the short answer is — you can't.

Unlike the Mac, where shift-option-k produces the  Apple symbol just fine, there's currently no special character alternative on the iOS keyboard. So, what can you do?

Right now the quickest and simplest way to enter the  Apple symbol with your iPhone or iPad is to set up a keyboard shortcut. That way, when you type a combination of letters, iOS will automatically replace them with the  Apple symbol. It should be short, so it doesn't take long to type, but it also needs to be unique, so you'll never type it as part of another word and trigger the replacement by accident. After some experimentation, I've settled on "aappll", but you'll need to find what works for you.

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How to set up the  Apple symbol as a keyboard shortcut in iOS

  1. Copy the  symbol from this post
  2. Launch Settings
  3. Tap General
  4. Tap Keyboards
  5. Tap Shortcuts
  6. Tap + at the top right
  7. Double tap next to Phrase to bring up the edit menu
  8. Tap Paste to insert the  symbol
  9. Enter your shortcut of choice
  10. Tap Save

Now you'll be able to type your shortcut of choice on your iPhone or iPad and insert the  Apple symbol wherever and whenever you like. For the sake of Apple and the Internet, however, use your newfound powers wisely and sparingly. (Yes, that was meant to be humorous!)

Note: I've filed a feature request for the  Apple symbol to be added as an alternate character on the iOS keyboard: rdar://19759808

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