Symbolay is a keyboard and an app that lets you search emoji and other symbols by their name.

Symbols typed on a keyboard or copied from an app can be used in your messages, tweets, emails, text documents and everywhere else.

# A Keyboard
+ Custom keyboard with search - Just start typing query, then tap symbol in results. Text will be replaced with it.
+ Favorite & Recent - Tap and hold symbol in search results to fav it. It will be the first thing you see when you launch the keyboard.
+ Auto-next keyboard - I don't expect you to use Symbolay keyboard full time. I even make it as easy as possible to switch. Tap and hold "globe" button to activate *auto-next keyboard* mode. In this mode every time you type symbol you will be taken to the next keyboard automatically.
+ No full access - You shouldn't give full keyboard access to no-name developer like me. So I don't ask for it. But it has consequences: favorite and recent symbols in app and in keyboard are separate. Sorry.

# An App
+ Powerful search - You can search using not only symbol title, but also symbol itself, it's code and custom keywords like "emoji", "animal", "money" or "goat". Yes, there is more than one goat.
+ Favorite & Recent - Do you use some symbols often? Fav'em and they will be the first thing that you see when you launch the app. Recently used symbols can be also accessed easily.
+ List or Grid view - Grid for glances and quick access, list for full-information.
+ Close-up - Some symbols and emoji are pretty cool. You can see them in close-up.
+ Multiple encodings - You can copy symbol itself, use one of several encodings: HTML, Python, URL, or copy unicode hex value.
+ URL scheme - You can launch search from other apps.
+ Scratchpad - Little text field to collect multiple symbols. With easy copy and paste.

What's New

Version 2.6

Small bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

The APP that KILLS ALL others...


ITS FIXED!! Thank u!
--got a quick response back from the app guys with bug-fixes, plus update msg on app-status; great customer service!
**Idk what the hold up is with Apple & them slowly pushing out approved updates ever since 'that' iOS version came out; but whatever it is, it's quite annoying.
Maybe they're recovering from their recent 'Red Scare'...after Russian-homophobic-Siri popped up.

Wow, looks like a lot of time/work went into making this.
-It's cleanly styled, a comprehensive keyboard-code-dictionary thingy, way beyond the average social-friend-texter symbol user. Smashes all other uni, character, symbol, keyboard, emoji etc. apps in the store! (...thus far anyway:))
-Integrates nicely into my iPhone & iPad Launch Center Pro too.
-Would like to see an easier way to edit & manage saved symbols/characters, and perhaps customize/organize/group all the saved favorites?

Great way to search for symbols


I love the user interface, the search function always delivers what I'm looking for and the app fits very smooth in my workflow. I didn't even get that far to use the url scheme and other features yet. But in any case five stars as a comprehensive time saver!

In a sea of junkware, this ship raises the sails


After installing and promptly removing half a dozen other apps that offer similar features, I came across this one. No ads, no hoops to jump, easy search by description, and quick favorite function for often-used symbols. ⋆٭⍣⍟☆❣


Piotr Wilczynski
20.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Piotr Wilczyński


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