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I have a Czech friend whose name is Jiří, and I want to add his name to my Contacts. Pressing and holding R on the iPhone keyboard does not show any special character versions (and similarly on OSX, holding R doesn't show anything. I found the character in Special Characters on OSX.)

How can I add his name to my iPhone contacts? More generally, how do you get access to general special characters on the iPhone? I don't know of any Special Characters equivalent app or functionality accessible through the keyboard, but I would guess there must be a way somehow.

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That character is not accessible from the English iPhone keyboard. You can, however, enable other keyboards on your iPhone.

Under the Settings app, go to General then Keyboards and select the Keyboards control. You can then touch Add New Keyboard… and add the Czech keyboard as an option.

When typing, if you want to access theř key, hold down the globe key on the bottom row of the keyboard, select the Czech layout, and then when you press and hold r, you get the menu wherein you can select the ř.

If you frequently need Czech accents, keep the Czech keyboard installed. If this is a rare occurrence, you can then uninstall the Czech keyboard from Settings » General » Keyboards » Keyboards.


The easier way to access the ř character on a one-time basis would be to visit this page with your iPhone, copy the ř character, and then paste it into your friend's Contact information.

  • Thanks Daniel - I never thought of adding another keyboard. Re the one-time basis - yes, I thought of that, or sending myself an email with the character, etc... but I was sure there had to be a better way! Especially if I'm not at home and don't have my Mac handy. – David Jul 11 '13 at 6:36
  • The fact that you typed the character in the question means you had some way of producing it :-) – Daniel Jul 11 '13 at 6:42
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    Yes - but it took until I got home and was at my computer to do so! Once I'm there I might as well add the contact manually and sync. I figured there had to be a way to do it on the phone itself. – David Jul 11 '13 at 6:46
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For general access to special characters on iOS devices there are also various apps like Unicode Pad and Cymbol. Some characters cannot be found on any keyboard.

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