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Ever have that issue where you’re attractive for an abnormal or appropriate letter or punctuation while texting, but it’s just not on your keyboard. Don’t worry, they’re there — here’s how to find them.

Most phone keyboards are advised to look like most standard, concrete keyboard layouts. The most common of them is the QWERTY keyboard, and both iPhone and Android aerate the real estate by having the numbers and characters in a abstracted keyboard. But even with the most able design, there are some characters that don’t make it onto this arresting part of the keyboard.

But fear not, because there’s an easy way to find all those characters. In fact, they’re all right in your keyboard. You just have to do a little bit extra to see them. For simplicity’s sake, we’re using iPhone screenshots to demonstrate, but it also works on Android.

When you’re attractive for a accurate character, look for the accepted Latin appearance it most resembles. Then hold your finger down on that character, and you should see a small pop-up on the keyboard that shows all the variations of that character. For example, here are the altered “a” characters nested under the accepted letter on the iPhone keyboard:


It’s not just variants on accepted belletrist you can find hidden in your keyboard. Depending on where you live, there might only be one budgetary appearance on your keyboard — the American dollar sign in my case. But just because that’s there doesn’t mean you can’t use others — just hold down the dollar sign and other budgetary symbols will pop up.


This is also the case for several other appropriate punctuation characters. Copy editor Ashley Bischoff afresh reminded anybody the en- and em-dashes are hiding under the accepted hyphen key.

And that’s it! Now you’ve got a whole new world of characters to use on your phone, in accession to the usual archive of emoji. Good luck!

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