You would like to enrich stories, comments, posts and messages that you post on Instagram with special characters (e.g. @, /, €, & etc.) but you don’t have the faintest idea how to do this? You’re not the only one. Very often, in fact, I am asked how to perform the aforementioned operation: which is why I decided to write this guide focused precisely on the topic in question.
So, if you want to find out how to insert special characters on Instagram , all you have to do is read the instructions you find in the following lines. I already anticipate that, contrary to what you may think, you will not have to do anything particularly complicated. You can also proceed not only from the Instagram app for smartphones, but also from the web version of the service for computers or its application for Windows 10.
So? How about putting the gossip aside and taking action? Courage: position yourself comfortably, take a few free minutes just for you and put into practice the instructions you find below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be happy and satisfied with the results obtained.
How to insert special characters on Instagram on Android
Do you want to find out how to insert special characters on Instagram using Android ? So the first step you need to take is to take your smartphone, unlock it, access the home screen and / or the drawer and select the icon of the Instagram app.
Now that you see the main Instagram screen, log into your account (if required) and go to section of the app where you intend to type the special characters.
To give practical examples, if you want to insert the special characters in a direct message, tap the paper airplane icon at the top right, type the name of the user you want to write to and select the relevant suggestion; if, on the other hand, you want to enter special characters as a caption for a new post, press the (+) button located at the bottom, select or create the content to post, carry out any editing operations and fill in the field Write a caption .
Next, select the text field inside the which you want to enter the special characters, so as to bring up the Android keyboard on the screen. Then, tap on the ? 123 button that you find in the lower left corner and you should thus see some special characters: to view others, press the = button that you will always find at the bottom on the left and select the special characters of your interest.
I also point out that by pressing for a few moments on the buttons of some letters and some symbols, you can insert accented letters and other characters that do not appear in the standard keypad. After completing the above steps, proceed with publishing the post, comment etc. as you usually do.
As well as as I explained above, you can insert special characters on Instagram using the appropriate third-party app , as in the case of Type Droid (also available on alternative stores), which is free and collects all the special characters in a single screen, allowing you to copy them to the Android clipboard with a tap , and then glue them where appropriate.
How to insert special characters on Instagram on iPhone
Do you own an iPhone and would like to understand how to insert special characters on Instagram in that case? I’ll tell you how to do it right away. First, take your smartphone, unlock it, access the home screen and / or the App Library and select the icon of the app of Instagram.
Now that you see the main screen of the application, log in to your account (if necessary) and go to the section where you intend to type the special characters.
To give practical examples, if you want to insert the characters special as a comment to someone else’s post, locate it in the feed and tap on the comic icon that you find under the photo or video of your interest, while if you want to use special characters as a caption for a new post, click on the (+) button at the bottom, select or create the content to post, make any changes to the latter and touch the field Write a caption .
Next, select the text field in which you want to type and once the iOS keyboard is displayed on the screen, touch the 123 button located at the bottom left, in order to call up the section of the same containing numbers, punctuation and special characters.
Then press on some of the special characters you see on the screen if you want to type one of them. To view others, instead, tap the # + = button which is at the bottom left and then on the symbol of your interest. By keeping your finger pressed for a few seconds on the buttons of some letters and symbols, you can also add accented letters and other hidden characters.
After having inserted the special characters, go ahead with the publication of the post, comment etc. just like you usually do when using Instagram on iPhone. That was easy, wasn’t it?
Also for iOS, please note that there are third party apps through which it is possible to copy and paste some special characters. Among the various available, I suggest Symbol Keyboard, which collects in a single screen all the symbols available on iOS (together with some emojis), allows you to copy them to the clipboard and paste them where necessary.
How to insert special characters on Instagram on computer
To conclude, it seems only right to show you how to insert special characters on Instagram from PC , using the Web version of the service or its application for Windows 10 .
Log into your account (if necessary) and reach the section of Instagram in you want to type special characters. To give some practical examples, if you want to enter special characters as a comment to another user’s post, locate the latter in the feed and click on the balloon icon below the photo or the video of your interest; instead, to send the special characters in a private message, click on the paper airplane icon at the top right, then press the Send message button and type, in the appropriate field, the name of the person you want to write to.
Then click on the text field in which you want to write and recall the character map : to do this on Windows , click on the Start button (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), type charmap in the search field of the menu that appears and select the relevant link from the search results. Alternatively, call up the Run window, using the key combination Win + R , type the command charmap in the appropriate field and press the button Enter on the keyboard.
In the Character Map window that opens, select the special font you are interested in (you can help you find the font by selecting the font from the drop-down menu at the top and / or checking the Advanced View box at the bottom), by double clicking on it, and paste it in the Instagram window, right clicking and selecting the Paste item from the menu that opens, or using the key combination Ctrl + V .
Besides as I just indicated, I inform you that you can find some special characters on the virtual keyboard of Windows 10 . To call it up, right-click on the taskbar and select the option Show virtual keyboard button from the menu that opens. Now, click on the keyboard icon that appeared next to the system clock, click on the Fn button located at the bottom left of the virtual keyboard, then on the Ω that you see appear next to it and browse the list of available symbols using the appropriate scroll bar.
If you are using macOS , on the other hand, to recall the character map, click on the Edit menu located in the upper left part of the screen, then select the item Emoji and symbols from the menu that appears. Alternatively, you can use the key combination cmd + ctrl + space .
In the Viewer window characters opens, then select the symbols to use and double-click on them to type the special characters on Instagram. If necessary, you can help you find special characters by selecting the categories of your interest from the left side of the character map window and / or using the search field at the top right.
Alternatively, you can also find some special characters on the virtual keyboard of macOS . To call it up, click on the System Preferences icon (the one in the shape of a gear wheel ) found on the Dock bar , select the entry Keyboard in the window that opens, then the tab Input sources and check the box Show keyboard menu in the menu bar . Then, click on the icon with the symbol ⌘ in the window appeared at the top right, click on the ⌥ button located at the bottom of the virtual keyboard and press the button corresponding to the symbol to enter.
Once you’ve successfully entered the special characters on Instagram, go ahead and post your comment, direct message, etc. as you usually do when you use the famous social network on your computer.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
Microsoft. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the
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