Unicode Pad app lets you browse and use thousands of characters defined by the Unicode standard. It includes a text editor with customizable keyboards and search.

Note: This app supports only in-app custom keyboards! For a fancier version which also supports iOS 8 and later custom keyboards, check out the Unicode Pad Pro app!

• Tested on latest iOS 11
• Support for Unicode 11 standard

• Copy characters to clipboard for use in other apps, like web, mail, chat, notes… practically any iOS app!
• Notepad with customizable keyboards, for your often-used characters and for copying several characters at once. Great for casual writing, too!
• Share your custom keyboards with your friends!
• Send mail and tweets right from within the app!
• Huge selection of symbols (thousands), in fact all that are available on your device. Database itself actually contains data for all Unicode characters (over 100,000), but only glyphs available in iOS system font are actually visible.
• Quick acces to many groups of commonly used symbols!
• Search for characters by name, hexadecimal codepoint or glyph! Find similar and related characters instantly!
• Streamlined design, specifically optimized for each device. Support for all device orientations and Retina display.
• Support for Backspace, New line, Shift and Alternate special keys on custom keyboards.
• Custom keyboard sizes up to 6x16=96 keys.
• View extended character descriptions on Wikipedia, right inside the app! This works particularly great for emoticons!
• One universal application works on iPhone, iPod and iPad!
• Reference booklet of characters available on modern computers! Paper Unicode maps are over 1000 pages long!
• Developers: see which characters are available on your iOS device!
• Great for scientific, mathematical and physics notation, handles many superscripts, subscripts and other symbols!
• Excellent for phonetic notation!
• Perfect for writing Unicode poetry!
• Awesome for making interesting app names!
• HTML entity names for relevant characters
• UNIHAN english definitions for CJK ideograms for many characters
• Flick left and right for next and previous characters in detail view
• Affordable price!

What’s New

Version 11.2

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

• Support for Unicode version 11
• Display glyphs in Private use Areas
• Drag and drop support on iPad
• Improved compatibility with iPhone X
• New pinch gesture in catalogs to change the font size
• Updated BabelStoneHan and Unifont fonts
• Added some Noto sans fonts
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Rdutton1971 ,

Very useful (and cool)

Cool app, VERY GOOD resource for Unicode retrieval of characters and description of them! Interface makes it easy to directly jump to major sections of unicode chart, and the ablity to search for characters by text within the description is absolutely a god send!

Be aware this is not the full paid app version, that also includes keyboard which is a must if you don't want to leave this one open all of the time.

With this version you have to switch back and forth between it and the app your working in and copy/paste each character you wish to use one at a time.

Taylor20167 ,

Don’t get

It doesn’t work wast of money

Dr. Chris Heard ,

Thank you, Žiga Kranjec!

The iPad natively includes many (though by no means all) Unicode characters, but the iOS keyboards don't provide users easy access to those characters. This app opens up a whole world of possibilities for Unicode text entry. I'll be using it primarily to enter Hebrew text with nikkud, but anybody who wants to access characters that aren't on the system keyboards should definitely give this app a whirl. It's become an important part of my workflow within hours of purchase. As a college professor, I especially appreciate the function that allows me to share my custom keyboards with students and colleagues.

Before you buy, though, be sure you understand that you type the text within Unicode Maps and then copy/paste to get it into other apps (including web pages that accept text input). The app doesn't modify the system keyboards.

One suggestion for future development: add a backspace/delete button to the bar above the keyboard (where the right/left cursor and keyboard selection buttons are).

App Privacy

The developer, Ziga Kranjec, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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