UniChar is a powerful yet beautiful Unicode symbol selection 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."
UniChar features thousands of symbols organized neatly into 18 categories*. You can type these symbols in any app with the custom keyboard or quickly search for the symbol you’re looking for in the app – by name or by drawing! It's so much faster and better than googling it. Plus you can access recently used symbols in the Widget or on your Apple Watch and send Unicode stickers with the iMessage app.
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 in the code editor on your Mac.
◉ Type special symbols in any app
◉ Features a light and dark theme designed to compliment the Emoji keyboard
◎ Search for symbols by name or by drawing them
◎ Efficiently work with the symbols, code points, and HTML entities
◎ Add characters to the text field and edit it with the system keyboard
◎ Share your text via Messages, Facebook, Twitter, AirDrop, and more
◎ Or open the text in other apps to continue working
◆ Access your most recently used characters quickly
◆ Copy to the clipboard with a single tap
◇ Send symbol stickers to your friends
◇ Create stickers for any Unicode character
◇ Utilize your stickers in the Messages camera and FaceTime
Apple Watch App
■ Quickly glance at your recently used characters
■ Copy symbols to your iPhone’s clipboard, or Code or HTML
□ Beautiful and simple design
□ Symbol drawing recognition powered by machine learning**
□ 3D Touch support
□ Split View and Drag and Drop for iPad
□ Spotlight Search integration
□ Handoff support
□ Keyboard shortcuts
□ Landscape orientation support
□ Accessibility support including Dynamic Type and VoiceOver
□ Ad-free experience
□ Optimized for all Retina displays
□ Universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
* All Categories can be unlocked via a single in-app purchase.
** Search by Drawing is powered by machine learning image classification algorithms utilizing Create ML, Core ML, and Vision. As you draw, a convolution neural network processes your drawing to predict which symbols it matches. You can help improve the symbol recognition accuracy by training the model with your own drawings!
UniChar is now optimized for iOS 12 and the brand new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The Apple Watch app is optimized for watchOS 5 and Apple Watch Series 4. This update also includes the following improvements:
■ More than 1,500 symbols have been added to Pictographs, Technical, Arrows, Parentheses, Currency, and Math categories.
Search by Drawing
■ All symbols are now supported! Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. Drawings have been submitted from 68 countries from around the world! You can continue to submit your drawings to improve Search by Drawing.
■ The machine learning model that powers symbol drawing recognition has been trained with Create ML and utilizes Core ML 2 in iOS 12.
■ View recently used symbols
■ Train Search by Drawing
Set them up with your custom phrases in the Settings app under Siri & Search.
■ Added support for using UniChar Stickers in FaceTime and Messages camera
■ Improved Handoff support
■ Minor interface and performance 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.
Buggy, missing characters, search is broken
I need several specific characters to be able to type in Choctaw. One of those is "combining macron below" U+0331, which is missing. Also, search is broken. Search for "combining" and you will see several things that also have "below" in them but searching for "combining below" says no results. I would pay for the app and change my review if these things were fixed.
It's All Here
So much to transcribe, so little time! UniChar provides all of the symbols and special characters needed for the precise transcription of lecture, research or any other notes in practically any discipline. The more symbols and characters you become familiar with, the greater your ability to condense the complex ideas and concepts you need to interpret and understand.
- Jordan Hipwell
- 120.6 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Jordan Hipwell
- In-App Purchases
- All Categories $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.