How to Type the Degree Symbol on iPhone & iPad

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There are quite a few symbols hidden behind numbers and letters on iPhone. The iPhone symbols for currency are a good example, but a less known hidden symbol is the circle that indicates a temperature degree, either Celsius or Fahrenheit. Little did I know, it's easy to type the degree sign from your iPhone’s keyboard. Here’s how to use the degree symbol on your iPhone or iPad.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Type the temperature without spelling the word "degrees".
  • Forget adding a new keyboard to access the degree symbol. 

How to Use the Degree Symbol on iPhone or iPad

Because the degree symbol doesn't show up right away on the keyboard, many people have a hard time finding the symbol. In some cases, people will add a keyboard for another language to their iPhones just to use the degree symbol. Thankfully, the degree symbol is actually available on every language keyboard, so you won't have to add another keyboard to your iPhone, once you know where to look. Be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter for more tips on hidden symbols. Here are the steps for typing the degree symbol: 

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  1. Open up an app that prompts you to type; for example, the Messages or Notes app.

  2. On the keyboard, tap the Numbers (123) button to view the numerical keypad.


  3. On the iPhone keyboard, press and hold the zero (0) digit. The degree symbol will pop up next to the 0 digit.

  4. Slide your finger up, then over to the left to the degree symbol, and release.

That’s all there is to it! Next time you want to tell someone the temperature in text, do it easily with the temperature degree symbol. As a final pro tip, if you're curious about how to type a degree symbol on your Mac, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Option + 8 to easily insert a degree symbol in the text field. Be sure to check out our article on how to use your iPhone's space bar to type a period

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