When you’re writing something where you want to use the degree symbol°, do you just type the word “degrees” instead? Whether you’re talking about the temperature, an angle, the direction, or something similar, you don’t have to use the word.
Here, we’ll show you how to type the degree symbol on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And once you see how easy it is, you’ll wish you had found out sooner.
Insert the degree symbol on iPhone and iPad
If you use your default keyboard on iPhone and iPad, inserting the degree sign is simple. You can try this with other keyboards you might use on your iPhone and iPad as well. For example, it does work with SwiftKey.
- Open the app you’re typing in and make sure the keyboard is up and ready.
- Access the numeric keyboard by tapping the 123 button.
- Press and hold the zero (0) key until the little pop-up appears.
- Slide your finger to the ° degree symbol to select it and release your finger.
Type the degree symbol on Mac
On Mac, it’s even easier. Just use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Option + 8 to type the degree sign.
With all the useful keyboard shortcuts you can use on Mac, this may be one you’ll forget if you don’t use it often. In that case, just use the emoji keyboard (Character Viewer) to pop in the degree symbol.
If you have Emojis & Symbols in your menu bar, select it, or you can° use Edit > Emojis & Symbols from the menu bar for the app. Enter “degree” into the search box, and you’ll see the degree sign appear. Just drag it to the document, email, note, or whatever.
Tip: If you plan to use the degree sign often, you can add it to your Favorites in the Character Viewer.
Note: You can also use the Text Replacement feature to enter the degree symbol on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. However, it will add a space between the number and the degree symbol (27 ° and not 27°). To fix this, you will have to place the cursor left of the degree symbol and get rid of the extra space.
The next time you need to type the degree symbol on one of your devices, hopefully, you’ll remember just how simple it is. And for more, check out how to type the Apple logo on your devices too!
Sometimes it’s just the little things, right?