iPhone typing tip: Hold Everything!

My wife has one of those annoying names with a “special” symbol in it (she’s got one of those weird “e’s” with an accent over it). It’s not her fault, I blame her parents, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have to deal with it.


“Option+e+e” on the computer is not an option on the iPhone’s keyboard.

If you’re new to the iPhone and its multi-function keyboard, you may not know that it is capable of generating far more characters than you see by default. Sure, hitting that “123″ button will give you some numbers and a couple punctuation symbols, and sure, from that screen hitting the little “#+=” button will give you even more characters, but did you know you can type all sorts of freaky characters with a simple trick? Here’s how:

If you’re looking for a wacky international symbol or upside question mark, try pressing and holding on a keyboard key. You never know what you might find!

3 Responses

  1. Charles Says:

    You forgot the O’s, C’s and a couple of others. But something very interesting is the fact that if you use these characters don’t be surprised if your message doesn’t get delivered! T-Mobile system sees them and for whatever reason trashes the message!

  2. Mat Says:

    We’ve got the same problem with Rogers in Canada, even though the service is advertised as bilingual english/french, and we still have to pay for the ones blocked or “lost”, they say they don’t have the technology yet to get those “special characters” 100% of the time, they go through just 50% of the time… duh!

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