How to Type Numbers on an iPhone without Leaving the ABC Keyboard

Need to type numbers on your iPhone keyboard? You don't have to change keyboards to access iPhone symbols and digits.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

It would be convenient if Apple would add a numbers row to the standard iPhone keyboard, but it hasn't happened yet. In the meantime, here's an iPhone texting trick: how to access iOS keyboard symbols and numbers without leaving the standard keyboard. 

Related: How to Add Emojis to a Text without Opening the Emoji Keyboard

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Type numbers quickly and efficiently without having to switch to the number keyboard.
  • Impress your friends with your keyboard-shortcut knowledge.

How to Type a Number without Switching Keyboards on iPhone

For more great iPhone texting tricks and keyboard shortcuts, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's go over how to access numbers and symbols without leaving the ABC keyboard on your iPhone.

To begin, open an app where you use your iPhone's keyboard, such as Messages or Notes. 

  1. Tap the text field to reveal the standard iPhone keyboard, and begin typing.
  2. Touch and hold the 123 button. It works best to do this with your non-dominant hand, as you'll need to keep holding it while you type the numbers and/or symbols.

    123 button on iphone keyboard
  3. Type the numbers or symbols you need using your other hand, then release the 123 button.

    add numbers or symbols to your text
  4. Carry on typing in the standard iPhone keyboard to complete your text.

    complete your typing

For those who already type with two hands, this will be a breeze. If you typically type with only one hand, this may take a little bit of getting used to, but it's still faster than having to navigate from the ABC keyboard to the 123 keyboard and back! For more easy shortcuts, check out these tips on how to type faster on iPhone

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.