How to insert the degree symbol in Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS

The system these days are mostly used for two major purposes, one is using the system for documentation and the other is using it for coding. The majority of the common user uses the system for documentation purposes. Now there are a lot of possibilities in which the need for the common man to use certain symbols to write a document. The biggest requirement is the search for some symbols that aren’t available in the normal keyboard. One such symbol is the degree symbol. The degree symbol is one of the most commonly looked up symbols.

How to Type ° Degree Symbol or Sign on Mac and Windows
Type ° Degree Symbol or Sign on Mac, iOS, and Windows

The degree symbol is a very useful tool when you are documenting mathematical papers and numbers. The use of the degree symbol is so scarce that it isn’t quite easy to locate the symbol in the normal keyboard. The normal keyboard doesn’t have the degree symbol in-built into it. You need to make certain efforts to actually enter the degree. This article will mainly cover up the ways in which you can enter the degree symbol in Windows, Mac systems, Android phones and as well as iOS devices.

Let’s get started.

In Windows

When it comes to windows there is always a lot of ways in which the degree symbol can be entered into the document. The ways which are mentioned below are quite easy to apply and won’t take much of your time.

How to insert the degree symbol on Windows 10
Insert the Degree Symbol on Windows 10

We are a very fast-paced generation and patience is something which we lack a lot. That’s why all the computers work on keyboard shortcuts. The shortcut to insert the degree symbol in windows is as follows.

ALT + 0176

How to use Alt + Numbers in Keyboard
Windows and Mac ALT Codes and Symbols


ALT + 248

All you need to do is hold down the alt key in the keyboard and press the numbers in sequence as mentioned above. The biggest disadvantage with this method is that you would require a number of the keypad to do the job. The number keypad in the premier end laptops has been removed to make them look small and sleek. One more thing is that you need to make sure that the num lock is not active or else you would be just typing random keys on the keyboard.


In windows, most of the documentation happens in the word document. This means that the word document must definitely have a provision in which you can enter the degree symbol. All you need to do is to go select the insert option and select the symbols options.

How to insert the degree symbol in Windows
Insert the Degree Symbol in Windows

Once you are done with that a dialogue box with a lot of symbols will appear. Out of which you need to locate the degree symbol and by clicking on the symbol the degree symbol will appear where you had left the cursor. The next time you want to enter the degree symbol, just copy-paste the symbol to make the job easier.

Customizing option

The keyboard that you use can be customized according to your preference. All you need to do is select the customization key and select the command that you want to execute and assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the degree symbol. Click on assign and close and you are good to go. Next time you feel like inserting the degree symbol just type in the shortcut keys that you had assigned before.

Character Map App

This one of the very last resort I would take because sometimes we may be in a situation where we need to work on a different platform other than a word to execute the degree symbol. That time this very application will come in handy. Download the Character Map App. This application can be found in the start bar. Just type in the name and click on download. When the application is installed, click on the application and search for the degree symbol and put it in the characters to copy and you can use it in any document you are currently working on.

In Mac systems

The mac system also has certain keyboard shortcuts to enter the degree symbol. The mac system has two major keyboard shortcuts you can use.

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Insert Degree Symbol in Mac OS X

Option + K

Option + Shift + 8

In Pages

The documentation software in mac system is Pages. You can add the degree symbol in pages by following these simple steps.

Insert –> symbols.

This will open a small pane in the right-hand corner of your system and from there you can select the degree symbol.

In Android

Android keyboards are a boon when it comes to customizations. You can download a lot of applications from the play store but anyway, the ways in which you can enter the degree symbol inside the android keyboard are of many kinds. I’ll be discussing the top type in which you can actually enter the degree symbol.

  1. Go to the numerical keyboard.
  2. Select the =/< option in the numerical keyboard.
  3. From that keyboard select the degree symbol.

In iOS

In iOS, it’s quite simple to enter the degree symbol. Open the numerical keyboard and in that press the 0 buttons for a few seconds and there will be a floating pop-up which will have the degree symbol. Select that and the degree symbol will get added onto the screen where the cursor is placed.

There are a lot of customized ways in which you can enter the degree symbol in Windows and Android. But the choice when it comes to apple is really less because apple never believes in third- party applications.

Hope the above tips to enter the degree symbol is useful to you and hope you make the best use of it.

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