UniChar is a powerful yet beautiful Unicode symbol app and keyboard that allows you to quickly find, type, and work with special characters.
“UniChar is a cool little app and keyboard, and offers access to a huge world of Unicode characters that are otherwise absent within the standard iOS keyboard.”
"On the Mac, you can type any character [with] the Emoji & Symbols viewer ... The selection on iOS is much more limited ... But UniChar changes that."
– Cult of Mac
"This iOS keyboard app will give you all the Unicode characters you’ll ever need."
“It’s a full-featured utility for searching and copying symbols … it’s always nice to see a developer who’s dedicated to improving this kind of utility over time and adopting new features … it's a very handy app.”
UniChar features thousands of symbols organized neatly into categories as well as a complete Unicode table.* You can quickly search for the symbol you’re looking for by name or by drawing, type symbols in any app with the custom keyboard, and collect your favorite symbols to access them even quicker.
For developers, UniChar is an efficient tool to work with Unicode code points and HTML entities. Revamp your workflow with Universal Clipboard – copy on your iPhone, paste on your Mac. Or use UniChar alongside other apps with Multitasking support on iPad.
◉ Work with characters and their info – name, code point, HTML entity
◉ Browse curated categories in grid or list view
◉ Access the entire Unicode table by character blocks
◉ Jump to a specific block or code point
◉ Search for symbols by name, info, or even by drawing**
◉ Collect and organize your favorite symbols
◉ Quickly copy character info to the clipboard
◉ Insert symbols into the text field and compose text using the system keyboard
◉ Share your text via Messages, Twitter, AirDrop, etc – or open the text in other apps
◎ Type special symbols in any app
◎ Browse curated categories of symbols
◎ Quickly input your recently used and favorite characters
◎ Designed to compliment the Emoji keyboard
■ View stats for how many drawings you've submitted
■ Tap to open the app and help improve Search by Drawing
□ Convenient access to your recently used and favorite characters
□ Copy to the clipboard with a single tap
□ Drag and drop character info into other apps
Apple Watch App
◆ Quickly access your favorites and recents
◆ Copy character info to your iPhone’s clipboard
◆ Add your favorite symbol to your watch face
◇ Send symbol stickers to your friends
◇ Create stickers for any Unicode character
◇ Utilize your stickers in the Messages camera and FaceTime
● Beautiful and simple design
● Stunning dark mode
● Ad-free experience
● Handoff support
● Spotlight Search integration
● Drag and Drop
● Keyboard shortcuts and navigation
● Multitasking support including Split View, Slide Over, and Multiple Windows
● Support for adding links to characters in Quick Note
● Siri integration including support for 'Hey Siri remind me about this' and 'Hey Siri share this'
● Accessibility support including Dynamic Type, VoiceOver, and Voice Control
● Universal app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple Silicon Mac
* All Categories can be unlocked via a one-time in-app purchase.
** Search by Drawing is powered by machine learning algorithms utilizing Turi Create, Core ML, and Vision. As you draw, a convolutional neural network processes your drawing to predict which symbols it matches. You can help improve symbol recognition by submitting your own drawings!
This update includes minor bug fixes and enhancements.
Ratings and Reviews
Great app with an amazing team behind it
You can only switch from Unichar to another keyboard using the lower left keyboard button. If an app is not updated for use on the iPhone X the bottom bar where that button would be is just a black bar and the button doesn't exist therefore the only way to change it is to go to settings and delete unichar/reinstall unichar. The default keyboard moves the button to the original position when an app isn't compatible. Used this keyboard a lot on my previous phone, but it's a pain in its current state.
Update: 1 day after posting my review the developer addressing the issue and the next day an update fixing it was released. Great work.
Very useful. A little messy.
This keyboard is a real timesaver for entering international currency symbols, foreign language characters and all those commonly-used symbols missing from my ASCII keyboard (°©®¢). The user experience is a bit messy, however. The categories are so large. I suggest more focused categories. For example, a category for greeks, rather than only including them in different big categories like Phonetic and No (number). Also, I would really like to be able to hide Recents from the keyboard because the keyboard real estate is so limited. There is room for 35 visible characters in the keyboard without scrolling. I suggest that the category icons at the bottom of the keyboard be redefined to open an instance of the UniChar keyboard app preloaded to the selected category, allowing in-context selection of any char in that category (not just those set up as visible). That way, the keyboard itself becomes the user’s “favorites”, but any char can be searched for and entered easily without going through copy-and-paste.
Thank you (and suggestions)
I only write reviews when I finally find an app that does something I’ve been searching for for a while. First, thank you, as now I don’t have to develop an app to do things myself. Second, two suggestions to prevent me from developing an app later. Allow users to add keys and categories. This way any characters that aren’t here, or any new characters can be added by the user, and also organized.
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- Jordan Hipwell
- 10 MB
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2014 Jordan Hipwell
- In-App Purchases
- All Categories $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.