How to Type Degree Symbol on iOS/Android/PC/Mac

Type Degree Symbol

Sometimes, a degree symbol seems very simple. However, this simple symbol may also cause big problems. It is frequently used to describe temperatures, angles, geographic coordinates and more. Can you imagine that 45o angle is written as 450 angle? It will cause big problem as for the case. When we write these numbers and degree symbol, we do not find any obstacle. But as the digital age is coming, we find that it is difficult to write the symbol in many situations. I mean that many people do not understand how to put the small circle in the right place on digital devices. Therefore, in this tutorial, we will learn diverse ways to type it on your digital devices.

Part 1. Various ways to write degree symbol on Windows

There are many input programs on Windows. And according to the survey, the most commonly used ones are Microsoft Office and browsers. Also there are various ways to write a degree symbol in your text.

1. Hot keys

  • Step 1
    When you open an input program, like Word, text or other programs, hold down Alt key on your keyboard.
  • Step 2
    Then press 0, 1, 7 and 6 sequentially.
  • Step 3
    Once you release Alt key, you will discover that it appears in your words.

Remember that you should hold down the Alt key during pressing numbers. And if the left Alt key is invalid, you could try the right side one.

2. Input a degree symbol in Word

Microsoft Word is the most popular word processor around the world. Besides the hot keys introduced above, there are more ways to input a degree symbol in a Word document.

  • 1: The dedicated composition of hot keys to input the symbol in Microsoft Word is Ctrl+Shift+@. You have to press Ctrl, Shift and @ keys on your keyboard at the same time; and then press space bar. And then you can find the symbol now.
  • 2: Another interesting way to type it in your Word document is 00B0. After you type 00B0 in your document, hold down Alt + X keys. Then 00B0 will instantly turn to the symbol.
  • 3: Word provides many symbols, including degree symbol. Open the window of Symbol option from Insert menu on top ribbon. In Symbol tab, choose normal text in Front drop-down list and Latin-1 Supplement in Subset list. Then you can find the symbol on the table. Double click on the degree symbol, it will be written in your document.
Input a Degree symbol in Word

Part 2. Input a degree symbol on Mac OS

Apple also integrated some hot keys and other ways to allow users to input degree symbol in their text. And the symbol to describe temperature is different from the one of angle on Mac OS.

1. Shortcuts

  • Step 1
    To input it related to temperature, you need to hold down Option + Shift + 8.
  • Step 2
    If you need to write down an angle, you should press Option + K at the same time.
  • Step 3
    When you compare the two degree symbols, you will discover that the circle to describe temperature is a little bigger than the circle related to angle. They look the same usually. But when you write something accurate, you should use the correct one.
Degree Symbol on Mac

2. Emoji & Symbols menu

Mac computer has a special characters menu that contains almost all symbols, including degree symbol. And when you need to insert it in your email or document, you can use this menu.

You should put your cursor in the position to insert it.

  • Step 1
    Go to Edit menu in the menu bar and select Emoji & Symbols option. Or you can utilize the shortcut Control + Command + Space to open Emoji & Symbols window.
  • Step 2
    In Emoji & Symbols window, type it in the search box. Then you can decide which symbol you want, Fahrenheit, Celsius or the plain degree symbol.

Part 3. Degree symbol on iOS device

Smartphone already become the most important digital device in our daily life and work. Without a keyboard, we need to use our fingers to finish everything on iPhone. That seems convenient sometimes. But when we need to find a special symbol, the virtual keyboard becomes a little complicated. If you have trouble to locate to the right view, you can follow the steps below.

Degree Symbol on iOS Device
  • Step 1
    You should open an app that could activate the virtual keyboard on your iOS device, like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Step 2
    When the virtual keyboard appears, press the 123 button on the bottom left corner to switch to number keyboard.
  • Step 3
    Press and hold 0 on the number keyboard and then the pop-up menu will show you the degree symbol.
  • Step 4
    Move your finger and hover on the symbol. Once your finger released, the symbol will be inserted into the text.

Entering a degree symbol in your message on iOS device is easier than you though, when you get the right way.

Part 4. Type degree symbol on Android handset

Android phone runs a totally different system, so the virtual keyboard is different with iOS device as well. To some people, it is still a challenge to type a degree symbol, because the last step needs some patience and an agile finger. So it seems that entering degree symbol on Android handset is much easier.

  • Step 1
    The first step is also to open an application that needs the virtual keyboard on your Android handset.
  • Step 2
    Located to the bottom left corner of your screen and press ?123 option to go to number and symbol keyboard.
  • Step 3
    If you cannot find the degree symbol in the first screen of number and symbol keyboard, press > key to go to the second screen.
  • Step 4
    When you find it in number and symbol keyboard, just tap it to insert into your message.

As you can see, typing it on Android device is much easier. All you need to do is to switch the number and symbol keyboard and find the right screen that contains it.


This article has introduced how to type degree symbol on different digital devices. If you need to insert a degree symbol into your message on smartphone, you could switch the virtual keyboard to find the desired symbol. Although you may need some skill to type a degree symbol on iPhone, it is easier than you thought. When it comes to computers, there are various methods to input it in your document, email or other programs. Shortcuts are popular among the people that use it regularly. If you just need to enter it in your file occasionally, you can use symbol menu. Both Windows and Mac OS provide some kind of symbol menu.

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