Here’s a handy tip to make texting and e-mailing easier for you on your iPhone and iPad.
If you want to enter a single number or symbol in your message (eg. £ or 6), there’s no need to press the ?123 key ! (as per image below).
For a single character, just press AND HOLD DOWN the ?123’button’ as you move your finger over to the relevant number or symbol on the numeric keyboard which has now appeared – temporarily!
As soon as you release your finger from the ?123 key, the alphanumeric keyboard returns to the screen – ready for you to continue with the rest of your message.
Using this tip avoids the need to keep switching between the alphabetical keyboard to the numeric/symbol keyboard on your Apple devices.