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 symbol recognition accuracy by training the model with your own drawings!
Search by Text is more powerful now with noncontiguous words search and other minor 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.
I’ve been using this app for years
This is a must have for me!! Special characters is something I use often in my free time in my creative outlets and nothing has such a depth of characters in a beautiful package so well maintained- if only iOS let us use *every single option offered* already- it would make a five-star app a six!
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your loyal support over the years and thanks for sharing your review! 🙌
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.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for sharing your feedback on UniChar, I’ve been working on it! I’m happy to let you know search has been improved and will now show results for any matching words. More symbols will be coming too but I wanted to let you know about search in the latest update. I hope you find this useful!
- Jordan Hipwell
- 120.6 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2014 Jordan Hipwell
- In-App Purchases
- All Categories $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.