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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: http://superuser.com/questions/59107/how-can-i-get-white-smiling-face-u263a-with-the-keyboard

The Android platform supports unicode and all it's characters, however the softkeyboard 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
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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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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
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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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Make a note and save? Can you be more detailed? –  geffchang Jan 5 '13 at 12:36
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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
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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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