How to type the Apple symbol with your iPhone or iPad using this handy trick
Send all of your friends and family the logo, you know, just for kicks.
There's a very easy way to type the symbol on your Mac, you just hit — Shift-Option-K — to type the Apple symbol anytime you want. However, doing it on iPhone and iPad is far less simple, but for when you might need it, here's how to do it...
In iOS 16, an awesome feature called Text Replacement allows you to create text-based shortcuts. For example, if you type "omw" on iPhone or iPad, it will automatically change to "on my way". This is the handy trick you need to use in order to type the Apple symbol on your iPhone and iPad. Therefore, you can use text replacement to create a text-based shortcut to type out the Apple symbol.
Here's how to type out the Apple symbol on your iPhone and iPad.
Be warned: The Apple symbol doesn't display in non-Apple programs or products
Before starting, you should know that the Apple symbol is a special character that only displays with compatible software. So it will work on your best iPhone no problem, but if you try to send the Apple symbol in a text to your friend who has an Android phone, they won't be able to see it. As a rule, the symbol will display properly on Apple devices, but not on anything else, that includes both Android and Windows phones and computers.
How to type the Apple symbol on iPhone and iPad
Right now, the quickest and easiest way to enter the Apple symbol with your iPhone or iPad is to set up a keyboard shortcut, which you can do in the text replacement menu. That way, when you type a combination of letters, iOS 16 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. You could also use "applesymbol," but that's bit more to type, or "aapl," which is how Apple is referred to on the stock exchange. (Analysts and finance sector workers probably want to avoid that one) In short, it doesn't matter what combination of words or letters you pick, so long as you remember. You can always check back in Text Replacement to see what you chose.
Here's how you can type the Apple symbol on iPhone and iPad.
- Copy the symbol from this post.
- Launch Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Keyboard.
- Tap Text Replacement.
- Tap + at the top right.
- Tap and hold the Phrase text field.
- In the "Phrase" text field, tap and then Paste the symbol.
- In the Shortcut text field, enter your shortcut of choice. I used "aappll."
- Tap Save.
Now, you'll be able to type your shortcut of choice on your iPhone or iPad and insert the Apple symbol on your iPhone or wherever and whenever you like. However, for the sake of Apple and the internet, use your newfound powers wisely and sparingly.
Just the tip of the iceberg!
As Apple fans, it's just very fun and cool to be able to put the Apple symbol in text, similar to an emoji. I know, all of our Android friends just love it, right? Of course they do!
Using Text Replacement for the Apple symbol is just the tip of the iceberg. You can use the feature to create shortcuts for you to type anything. And thanks to iCloud, any text shortcut you create will automatically sync between your devices, including your best iPad and even Mac.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9