Take Your Texting Game To The Next Level With These 9 Hacks
Whether you go for Apple or Android, every grammar nerd will love these tricks that finally perfect your punctuation.
By Marissa LaLiberte
Every grammar nerd can now relax.
We show you how to use the punctuation you thought you couldn't find on your phone.
1. Em dash
Grammar nerds, quit cringing every time you’re forced to write “–” when you really wanted “—.”
Hold down the hyphen key to reveal three more marks: an en dash, em dash, and bullet.
Drag your finger to the em dash (or whichever you need), and your correct punctuation appears. Voila!
2. Accent marks
You don’t need to change your keyboard language to access the characters needed to write “résumé” instead of “resume.”
Just do a long press on the E key.
After a second or so, new options will show up, from È to Ȩ.
Same goes for any other accent, tilde, or umlaut you might need; you’ll find all the options under the corresponding letter (or punctuation mark if you want an inverted question mark or exclamation point).
3. Degree symbol
When you want to complain about how cold out it is, don’t settle on writing out “ten degrees” when you can condense it to “10°” by holding down an iPhone’s 0 key, which reveals the degree sign.
On an Android phone, you can find the symbol by switching to the numeric keyboard, then hitting the secondary Symbols button to bring up more options – including the degree sign.
4. Money signs
The dollar sign isn’t hard to find, and you might even spot the euro, pound sterling, and yen from the second symbol keyboard on an iPhone.
You have even more options than that, though.
Long press the dollar sign on an Apple or Android phone and new currency symbols will pop up, including the cent, Philippine peso, and Korean won on an iPhone.
Sure, you could type in three periods to get your idea across, but Apple has a key specially designed to create an ellipsis.
Hold down the period in the symbols keyboard and an ellipses will show up.
On an Android, go to the number and symbols keyboard, then hit “=/<” to find the ellipses.
Both “shortcuts” take about the same amount of time as hitting the period a few times, but it’s the idea that counts.
You might have already noticed iPhones make URLs easier by adding a period to the alphabet keyboard when you’re in Safari or Chrome, but it gets even better.
Holding down the period brings up a list of Web address options, including .com, .net, and .edu.
7. Common symbols
Sure, you could switch to the punctuation screen to find an exclamation point, then pick the one you want before returning to the alphabet keys.
If you have an Android, there’s an easier option.
Holding down the period key will reveal more symbols, including a question mark and dollar sign, on the main keyboard.
8. Section sign
When you’re in a particularly in-depth text chat about a book, you might need to indicate what section you’re talking about.
That § symbol actually is hiding in your phone.
Hold down the & sign on an iPhone or the ¶ on an Android to reveal the symbol you’re looking for.
9. Much less than sign
If you need the “≪” for programming or a mathematical equation on your iPhone, you won’t find the symbol by the “<” like you might expect.
Instead, hold the quotation mark key to bring up the option you need.