How To Make a Real (c) Copyright Symbol on Your iPhone and iPad

Glyphboard, add copyright to iPhone iPad

Many iPhoneographers prefer to watermark their images with photographer and copyright information. There are many apps available which allow you to create them. On the Mac OS, creating a real © copyright symbol is as easy as typing Option + g. Often, in iOS, there are hidden characters that show up if you press and hold a key while typing — diacraticals and alternate punctuation. In the name of simplicity, the © symbol is nowhere to be found on the standard iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch keyboard.

A copyright mark is a symbol that photographers are inclined to use. If your watermarking app doesn’t automatically add a proper copyright symbol, here are a few quick and easy-ish ways you can make a real one instead of the alternate and less attractive (c).

Glyphboard, add copyright to iPhone iPad


My favorite method is to install a small, free web app called Glyphboard. Using Safari on your iPhone or iPad, simply click this link here to install it, . It adds a new icon to your homescreen for easy access. In addition to the ©, it has a complete set of ASCII symbols that you can easily select, copy and paste into another app. It’s the fastest, easiest, least-clunky method I’ve found and once downloaded, the web app works even in Airplane mode.

Emoji, add copyright to iPhone iPad

Enable Emoji

Recent updates to the iOS have enabled many new keyboards, including a comprehensive Emoji keyboard. The ©, ® and ™ symbols are in this keyboard, along with many other standard and Emoji symbols. It’s not enabled by default. To enable the keyboard, simply go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard…. From there, you can enable Emoji which will show up as an alternate keyboard under the Globe key. Copyright is in the last set of Emoji symbols. After you use it once, it will show up in the keyboard’s Recently Used window for easy access. Although this is more clunky than Glyphboard, it gives you access to many more optional characters and symbols.

Enable Shortcuts

Life In LoFi reader Chase Masters posted this great tip to our Facebook page:

I have a keyboard shortcut enabled on my iPhone so whenever I type (c) it automatically changes it to ©. Even easier, IMO!

Enable Emoji in Keyboards. Go to Add New Shortcut… to make the shortcut. Once added, you can disable the Emoji keyboard again unless you want to keep it around for adding smileys to text messages….

Free Alternate Keyboard Apps

There are several “free” alternate keyboard apps which pretty much do everything that Glyphboard does and more, but many of them also serve up iAds. The free Fast Keyboard is a popular option.


Do you have your own tips on making a real © symbol on iPhone or iPad? Share them in the comments below!


Update 01: Added Keyboard Shortcut tip

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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Bridget

    Or just use the App called “Impression”. Much faster and easier IMHO.

    • =M=

      Hi, Bridget!

      Good app! That’s the watermark app I use when I watermark.


  • Mr Timney

    Uniconsole app includes all these and more Unicode symbols. As well it’s included in Phonto which is free. When you go to add text, chose Symbol © & then you can adjust the look by the font you select.

  • I emailed “©2013 Jack Challem” to myself, then copied it to my Notes app on my iPhone and iPad.

  • There are free apps that allows users to add the copyright symbol like photomarkr app and impressions app.

  • Rosaleen

    Check out this app developed by a photographer, best ive come accross


    • Patrick S.

      $1.99 – but worth it! Excellent app!

  • Dan

    New York, – iPad users can now quickly and easily input text symbols, superscript and subscript into any text field thanks to Cymbol, an innovative new app for the iOS platform.

    Cymbol makes it easy to write out mathematical formulas, enter footnotes and endnotes and insert legal symbols for all types of documentation.

    • Patrick S.

      Costs $1.99, and did not even show up by doing a search for “Cymbol” from the App Store App… Had to follow the URL in the post to find it…

      • Patrick S.

        And definitely NOT worth the money!!!

  • Patrick S.

    I have an iPhone 5 running iOS v.6.1.2 (I haven’t upgraded to newer versions of iOS, as I wanted to keep my option of jailbreaking open…)

    Anyways, I tried doing the shortcut technique described in this post, and when I enter ANYTHING from the Emoji keyboard, my phone says “THE SHORTCUT CANNOT CONTAIN ANY EMOJI.”

    So that technique does NOT work at all! At least it doesn’t on the iPhone 5 / iOS v.6


    • Judy Kay Crihfield Wilson

      Does not seem to work on iPad2 IOS 7 either.

    • Judy Kay Crihfield Wilson

      I figured out why it wasn’t working….I had the phrase and shortcut backwards!

  • Mazatch

    No apps necessary on iOS 7. Just type letter “c” then press “space” then press “back” and the © appears.

  • Furusinus

    This content was too useful to us in making it sure that out iPhone that we use are made from the original copy. For all we know that there are some phones today that was only made by clone copy.

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