I often find myself in a difficult situation while trying to explain how to do something on an Android device or app to people who are not Android literate.

For instance, if I write

Press the hamburger menu or 3 dots menu

it doesn't make sense to them

whereas if I say

Press the ☰ menu or ⋮ menu

they immediately understand

How do I copy paste or embed material icons in text messages or in social media like WhatsApp ? App solutions are fine

As a last resort, root solutions are acceptable.

You can find a list material icons linked in Android Developers.

This SO question tangentially addresses but with no solution.

Even on this site, it would be far easier to explain using symbols, instead of cut-copy-upload-resize

  • Would it work to just phone the person? A lot of tech support is easier to do by phone than by SMS. – unforgettableidSupportsMonica Dec 26 '19 at 5:52
  • Thanks for your time. No. I am not into tech support. Besides, I can tell a group what to do and they act at their convenience – beeshyams Dec 26 '19 at 5:52
  • Would it work to copy and paste the text "Press the ☰ menu or ⋮ menu" from your question into a WhatsApp message? I don't use WhatsApp, but I know that many Android apps have good support for Unicode. – unforgettableidSupportsMonica Dec 26 '19 at 6:32
  • Yes, it does work on WhatsApp or SMS. That is the reason I chose them as examples :). I did search for apps having unicode support but somehow these codes aren't available - though they should be going buy comments on the SO question, I linked – beeshyams Dec 26 '19 at 6:40
  • Which material icons (other than "☰" or "⋮") do you want to embed, and in which app? Some of them have Unicode equivalents; others don't. – unforgettableidSupportsMonica Dec 26 '19 at 6:50

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