How to type the  Apple symbol with your iPhone or iPad using this hidden trick

Using iOS text replacement to type the Apple logo
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Perhaps you already know this, but typing the  Apple symbol on your Mac is super easy. Just press three buttons at the same time: Option-Shift-K. Boom! There's your  symbol.

If you want to type the  symbol on your iPhone or iPad, however, it's not quite so easy. Luckily, we can help you set up your devices so it will be just as easy.

Apple has a fantastic feature called Text Replacement. While it's not new in iOS 17, it does work great. Text Replacement lets you create text-based shortcuts, which save you keystrokes. For example, if you type out "omw" on your iPad or iPhone, it will be replaced with "On my way!" automatically. That particular text replacement was set up by Apple, but you can create your own.

You can also use Text Replacement to create a shortcut to the  Apple symbol on any Apple device. Here's how. 

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen has a wealth of experience using iOS and uses the  Apple symbol all the time when texting his friends. The team at iMore are iOS experts and love finding tidbits to make life easier with Apple's mobile software.

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 unique character that only displays with compatible software. So it will work on your iPhone with 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  character will display properly on Apple devices but not on anything else, including Android and Windows phones and computers. 

How to type the  Apple symbol on iPhone and iPad

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, your device automatically replaces 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.

  1. Copy the  symbol from this post
  2. Launch Settings
  3. Tap General
  4. Tap Keyboard

Adding Apple Symbol in iOS 14 and newer: Copy the  symbol from this post, tap Settings, tap General, and then tap Keyboard. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Text Replacement
  2. Tap + at the top right
  3. Tap and hold the Phrase text field

Adding Apple Symbol in iOS 14 and newer: Tap text replacement, tap the + button, and then tap and hold the phrase text field. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. In the "Phrase" text field, tap and then Paste the  symbol
  2. In the Shortcut text field, enter your shortcut of your choice. I used "aappll"
  3. Tap Save

Adding Apple Symbol in iOS 14 and newer: Tap paste, enter your shortcut, and then tap save. (Image credit: iMore)

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!

Of course you can use apple emoji anywhere, anytime, to indicate Apple products, but there is something cooler about using the actual  Apple logo instead! There aren't many company logos out there that you can just type. 

Since iCloud saves and uses your Text Replacement shortcuts across all of your Apple devices, you'll only need to do this one time. Now your chosen shortcut will trigger the  Apple symbol on your best iPhone, best iPad, and even your best Mac (so you don't have to remember to hold down Option-Shift-K anymore.)

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

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

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