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 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, even search by drawing. Access recently used symbols in the Widget and 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

iMessage App
• Send symbol stickers to your friends
• Create stickers for any Unicode character

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, Bold Text, and VoiceOver
▸ Ad-free experience
▸ Universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
▸ Fully optimized for all Retina, Retina HD, and Super Retina displays

* All Categories can be unlocked via a single in-app purchase.

** Search by Drawing is powered by machine learning image classification algorithms utilizing Turi Create, Core ML, and Vision. As you draw, a convolution neural network processes your drawing to predict which symbol(s) it matches. You can help improve the symbol recognition accuracy and add support for more symbols by training the model with your own drawings!

What's New

Version 5.4

Introducing Search by Drawing (Beta)

Search for the symbol you’re looking for simply by drawing it. In the app, tap the search bar then Search by Drawing to try it out!

This initial release includes support for searching Pictographs. You can help add support for symbols across all categories by submitting your own drawings!

Curious how it works? Search by Drawing is powered by machine learning image classification algorithms. As you draw, a convolution neural network processes your drawing to predict which symbol(s) it matches. Utilizing Core ML and Vision in iOS 11, this all happens really quickly on-device. Cool huh! By helping to improve Search by Drawing, your submissions will be added to the training dataset used to teach the model to better classify each symbol, resulting in improved accuracy and support for all symbols in UniChar. The more drawings submitted for each symbol, the better the model will learn. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

70 Ratings

70 Ratings

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.

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.

Unichar is Great!


Finding all kinds of useful symbols—so easy to copy them and then paste into my text. Especially appreciate not having to install yet another keyboard to use it. Has a useful widget to hold my frequently-used symbols. The search feature (for example, “scissors”) works well, too! Very pleased!


Jordan Hipwell
116.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Jordan Hipwell
In-App Purchases
  1. All Categories $2.99


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