How to Type Copyright Symbol © (iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows Shortcut)

Are you one of those people who often forget how to type the copyright symbol or sign? You’re not alone.

If you also wonder the same question every time you need to type it on your smartphone, this post is for you. Because we share the quickest ways to type the © on an iPhone, Android, Word document, and Mac computer.

A copyright symbol or copyright sign, © signifies intellectual property rights for works other than recordings. Copyright is often used on written publications, books, photos, artworks, videos, blogs, and websites to hold exclusive ownership and control over the use of copyrighted material.

According to copyright laws,

“a copyright symbol informs others that copyright exists in your work. It also indicates that those who use (or want to use) your intellectual property should obtain permission from you.”

How to Type the Copyright Symbol on Your Gadget?

iPhone and iPad

The quickest way to find the copyright symbol on an iPhone or any iOS device is by going to the emoji keyboard. Then type “COPY” on the search emoji bar. The © sign will appear instantly. Tap it to type in a message or insert it anywhere you want.

how to type copyright sign on iphone

Millions of iPhone users can also find the copyright sign on the emoji keyboard alongside the formula and equation signs. It’s among the second to the last group of emojis on an iPhone.

iphone shortcut keyboard

Android and Tablet

Click the Numbers and Symbols (?123) set on the Qwerty keyboard. The copyright sign © on Android mobile devices or tablets can be found on the formula symbols together with =\< signs.

copyright sign on android

Another way to insert the copyright symbol using an Android device is by searching the emoji button. Type “copyright,” and you will find different variations of the copyright sign.

Mac Computer (Macbook and iMac)

The keyboard shortcut to type the copyright symbol on a Macbook laptop and iMac desktop is Option + G. Click the Option key and the letter G simultaneously.

how to type copyright symbol on mac

Windows Computer

The keyboard shortcut to type the copyright sign on a Windows laptop or desktop is Alt + 0169. Simply press Alt, and then the numbers 0169, and the © will appear. Ensure that the Num Lock key is on; otherwise, the shortcut won’t work.

In case your keyboard has no num pad, use Windows Character Map and follow these steps:

  1. Open your Taskbar and type “Character Map” on the search box
  2. Click to open the Character Map application
  3. Find the copyright sign and select it
  4. Copy and paste the © on your document

How to Insert the Copyright Sign on a Word Document?

Since we can’t always remember the shortcut keys or codes in typing the copyright symbol, we can always rely on the Microsoft Word Insert menu. Follow these procedures if you’re using the latest version of Word.

  1. Click the “Insert” menu on the upper part of the page
  2. Choose “Advanced Symbol
  3. A small window will display numerous symbols and special characters
  4. Select the © sign
  5. Click “Insert
how to insert symbol in word document

Famous Hack to Type © in One Second on a Word Document (Mac and Windows)

Type the letter c inside a parenthesis. Microsoft Word will auto-correct the code into a © whether typing a capital C or not. You don’t even need to press the “enter” button.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Type the Copyright Sign

The following are the keyboard shortcuts for typing the copyright mark.

  • Option + G (Mac)
  • Alt + 0169 (Windows)
  • Ctrl + Alt + C (PC)
  • AltGr + Shift + C (Linux)
  • Crtl + Shift+ U 00A9 (Chromebook)
  • &copy; (HTML)
  • Unicode &#169; or &#xA9 (Java Script)
  • Alt + 0169 (Photoshop)

Final Thoughts:

Although using the copyright sign is not mandatory for owners of artworks, it still helps people to protect their creations. It serves as a reminder for interested users to ask permission before using or distributing any part of the material. It only takes a second to insert the copyright mark, and it will protect our crafts for a long time.

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Gabriel holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Information Technology and works as a Software Engineer in the Philippines. He joined Philpad as a content producer focusing on technology, education, and lifestyle. In his free time, he enjoys reading history books and watching detective movies."

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