Unicode Characters for iOS Shortcuts

NEW: insert combinations of scientific and math symbols fast with an iOS Shortcut – post

Further to my blog post about typing scientific notation and other symbols natively on the iOS keyboard I have included various Unicode characters below for you to copy to your device.
A new version of this page that is visually easier to navigate is here.

Symbols below are followed by an example iOS text replacement shortcut (where I’ve made one).

(Scroll down further for lists of symbols without example shortcuts.)

Superscripts
^+
^-
^0
¹ ^1
² ^2
³ ^3
^4
^5
^6
^7
^8
^9
ˢᵗ or ˢᵀ ^st
ⁿᵈ or ᴺᴰ ^nd
ʳᵈ or ᴿᴰ ^rd
ᵗʰ or ᵀᴴ ^th
(I prefer the capitalised versions in which only the “s” and “t” are of different sizes in some apps)

I’ve updated my shortcuts for ordinal Number suffixes. I have created shortcuts for every date number up to 31 as follows:

1st➝ 1ˢᵀ 2nd➝ 2ᴺᴰ 3rd➝ 3ᴿᴰ 4th➝ 4ᵀᴴ … 30th➝ 30ᵀᴴ 31st➝ 31ˢᵀ

This makes typing dates with superscript a a great deal faster as I don’t have to type a space to trigger the shortcut entry and delete it immediately after. It took some time to enter them but it was worth it in my opinion.

Subscripts
,0
,1
,2
,3

Numbers & Fractions
¼ 1/4
½ 1/2
¾ 3/4
1/3

(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)

Math Symbols
× #x or xx
÷ #/
± +_
#infinite
#prop
sqrt
!=
#approx

=>
^…
#integral
θ

Arrows
->
<-
|^
|v
↕︎ |^v
<->

Miscellaneous
#tick or ///
#cross



aapl
btc


#back
#del
#eject
#cmd
#esc
#ret
#option
#ctrl

␡
̄   #macron
̇   #dot
The macron and dot directly above are combining symbols, so if you type it after a character (no space, like this V#dot or x#macron) it will insert a macron or dot over the character (e.g. V̇ and x̄).

Greek
α alpha or greeka
β beta or greekb
γ gamma or greekg
θ theta
λ lambda
μ mu
π pi
ρ rho
τ tau
σ sigma
δ delta
φ phi
ω omega
Ω Omega
Δ Delta

Just the symbols without “shortcuts”

Superscripts
⁺ ⁻
⁰ ¹ ² ³ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶ ⁷ ⁸ ⁹ ⁽ ⁾
Subscripts
₀ ₁ ₂ ₃ ₄ ₅ ₆ ₇ ₈ ₉ ₊ ₋

Numbers
¼ ½ ¾ ⅓
① ② ③ ④ ⑤

Math Symbols
× ÷ ± ∞ ∝ √≠ ≈ ∼ ⇒ ∴ ∫

Arrows
➝ ← ↑ ↓ ⇔ ↕︎

Miscellaneous
✓ ✘ ☢ ℃ ℉  ₿✂ ⌫ ⌦ ⏏ ⌘ ⎋ ⏎ ⌥ ⌃ ␛ ␡  ̄

Greek
α β γ θ λ μ π ρ τ σ δ φ ω Ω Δ

7 thoughts on “Unicode Characters for iOS Shortcuts

  1. I am curious to know how you made superscript numbers that are copied online and pasted into iOS! Did you use HTML to do this? I used your superscript numbers, but I had a problem with combining two numbers to make a larger number. For example; using two (1)’s to create 11. Some numbers do not align properly.

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    • Hi. These are all Unicode characters. It’s a kind of industry standard set of characters for computing applications. I didn’t create these myself.
      Like you I am perplexed and at times frustrated that superscript numbers don’t align! I don’t know why they don’t and I wish they did.

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