Let's say I'm working on my pork belly recipe [I'm not – there's only one you'll ever need] and I want to record a temperature. I don't want to write out "500 degrees" I want to write "500°". How do I do this?

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    Although you found out the answer yourself, I would like to add that googling the character (by name) you want in the browser and then copy pasting the search result also comes in handy :) – user3098466 Aug 15 '16 at 8:16
  • @user3098466 And I've got a more efficient take on your method.... – owlswipe Aug 15 '16 at 18:12
  • Let me know if my solution works :). I think you'll enjoy it. – owlswipe Aug 15 '16 at 18:13

I've looked around for this several times but today I just found its hiding spot – the 0 key! Just hold 0 until the alternate characters are shown. In the case of 0, the only alternate character is '°'.

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    That's not a degree, Degree: °, Not Degree: º. Side by side: °º. That's to the power of 0. – SBoss Aug 15 '16 at 8:47
  • @SBoss Aaargh! You're right! But I guess it's close enough – just a matter of degrees (of eccentricity of the rendered ellipse)! – Kenny Evitt Aug 15 '16 at 13:47
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    @SBoss I think my answer does result in a degree symbol; here it is – °. I think I just assumed that <kbd>Alt</kbd>+<kbd>0</kbd> on my Mac would be the same as the sole extended character for 0 on my iPhone. – Kenny Evitt Aug 16 '16 at 11:41
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    Seems like you're right! I didn't bother to check the created symbol on the phone, since the one in the answer was incorrect :) – SBoss Aug 16 '16 at 12:14
  1. Head over to this Wikipedia page and copy the ° symbol to your clipboard from the first sentence of the page.

  2. Go to the Text Replacement page in Settings.

  3. In the phrase field, paste your real degree symbol that you copied from Wikipedia.

  4. In the shortcut field, type any shortcut phrase, like maybe the word degree)

  5. Now when you type your shortcut, the real degree symbol (°) will appear automagically.

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    @KennyEvitt So now the challenge of deciding which one you're going to accept (no hard feelings if it's not mine) 😁! – owlswipe Aug 16 '16 at 3:41
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    On my iPhone, currently running iOS 9.3.2, the relevant settings seem to be named "Text Replacement"; I couldn't find any 'shortcuts' under the keyboard settings. – Kenny Evitt Aug 16 '16 at 11:37
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    Your answer covers a great feature to know about, and it certainly works, but it turned out that my answer is just a little bit easier. – Kenny Evitt Aug 17 '16 at 13:37

Or, if you're using an external Bluetooth keyboard with your hardware keyboard set to US, type Option - Shift - 8.

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