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How can I make special symbols on my Samsung Galaxy SII, like ☺ or ♥?

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FYI the first character doesn't show up for me on ICS, so you should be careful when using these. – Richard Borcsik Jun 21 '12 at 10:05
i think, u meant "type-in or input" the characters, not making the character. i suggested edit on the title. – kmonsoor Dec 17 '13 at 21:01

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These are actually Unicode characters you can easily reproduce on your computer: How can I get “WHITE SMILING FACE (U+263A)” with the keyboard?

The Android platform supports unicode and all its characters, however the soft keyboard that comes with your Android ROM probably won't carry all your desired symbols.

When long clicking on some symbols/characters on your soft keyboard you will see the key pop-up expanding to give you an additional choice of symbols, then drag and release your finger to print them.

Installing some 3rd party keyboards (such as GO-Keyboard) will give you access to more symbols.

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+1 for mentioning GO keyboard – kmonsoor Dec 17 '13 at 20:58

The easiest, practical way is to Google Search the Unicode Names of these symbols and copy them (e.g. ☺ is WHITE SMILING FACE and ♥ is BLACK HEART SUIT). If you need to do this often though, you'd want to get an 3rd party keyboard.

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There are dedicated Keyboards you can install. One of them is SymbolsKeyboard

See also (S2 relevant): How to switch Input Method / keyboard?

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I use google keyboard for texting. For this keyboard, u just need to go symbols, on bottom right, there's a straight vertical line | (like this o e) below the brackets. Press that and the heart shape will appear...

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make a note and save ★☆♥☏✹✃✈✉☺☻™✽ッツ♨✆ ★★★★★ ♥

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Seems like a "feel free to copy these few I incuded here" for later copy/pasting. Generally not a good solution. – ce4 Jan 5 '13 at 12:45

Go to symbols.
Long-press this button ; you will see these: ♥♣♠♦♪.
When you long-press *, you can type .

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Could you elaborate on how to "Go to symbols"? Or is this something special and obvious to Samsung users? I tried to follow your steps on my HTC running ICS, but stuck on step 1. – Izzy Feb 9 '13 at 14:32

If I tip the keyboard to horizontal then hold down the microphone key - I get emoticons as an option. (Samsung G4)

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I'm (still) using the average ICS (4.0.4) on a Motorola Atrix 2. If I go to the Symbols keyboards in the Standard Motorola keyboard input, and long press any symbol key, it will display a blue rectangle, showing the symbol, and whether there are other symbols available from that key. This is initially shown by an ellipsis (three dots: ...) to the bottom right of the symbol. If there are no other symbols, no ellipsis appears... Wait a bit longer and the other symbols will then be displayed in a new blue rectangle. Simply slide to the symbol you want. Most of the useful symbols are on the Second symbols keyboard, so press the [?123] key, then the [=\<] key, and Yes, the Heart (admittedly a black one) is under the • key.

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